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What is Microdermabrasion? The short answer is that Microdermabrasion is a treatment that can help your skin look smoother, clearer, and more radiant. While microdermabrasion isn’t new and most people have heard of it, many people don’t know how it works or what it can do for the skin. In this post, we’ll answer the most commonly asked questions about microdermabrasion. We’ll cover what microdermabrasion is, how it works, what it treats, and what a microdermabrasion treatment feels like.

What is Microdermabrasion? How Does Microdermabrasion Work?

Microdermabrasion is a treatment that exfoliates the skin, manually. During a microdermabrasion treatment, a vacuum suction wand is used on the face to remove dead skin cells and encourage more rapid skin cell turnover. This wand exfoliates either through the use of tiny crystals or a diamond tip. With crystal dermabrasion, micro crystals run along the skin inside the vacuum sealed wand to exfoliate the skin. With diamond-tip dermabrasion (which is the type we use here at our office), the finely textured tip of the wand exfoliates the skin, while the vacuum sealed wand removes dead skin cells.

What Does Microdermabrasion Treat?

The physical exfoliation provided by microdermabrasion works wonders on a number of stubborn skin conditions. It helps treat:

  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Clogged pores
  • Enlarged pores
  • Post-acne marks
  • Oily skin
  • Dry skin
  • Fine lines

Additional Benefits of Microdermabrasion

On top of helping to correct tricky skin issues, microdermabrasion helps your skin look better overall. When the skin is thoroughly exfoliated during a microdermabrasion treatment, dead skin cells are removed, encouraging more rapid skin cell turnover. This can lead to increased collagen production, which helps your skin look younger and more firm. The removal of dead skin cells also helps the skin look softer, clearer, fresher, smoother, and more “glowy.” Additionally, microdermabrasion can allow your skin to absorb products more efficiently, increasing the effectiveness of your normal skincare routine.

What Does Getting Microdermabrasion Feel Like?

Microdermabrasion is a gentle, non-invasive treatment. When you get microdermabrasion, a microdermabrasion wand is applied to the skin. This wand has a light suction (to keep flush contact with the skin) and gently but thoroughly exfoliates through either crystals or a diamond tip. While your skin is exfoliated, you can feel the crystals or diamond tip purifying your skin, which is completely painless. Some people say it feels like a slightly gritty massage on their skin, while others feel only the gentle pull of the wand’s suction.

Microdermabrasion is also a quick treatment that requires absolutely no downtime. It’s something you can easily get on your lunch break. And because the treatment is gentle, you don’t have to worry about bright redness after microdermabrasion. Your skin will look soft and radiant, so you can easily get on with your day after a microdermabrasion session.

Want to see the benefits of microdermabrasion for yourself? Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.