Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure used to renew overall skin tone and texture. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skin-related concerns and conditions.
The procedure uses a special applicator with an abrasive surface to gently sand away the thick outer layer of the skin to rejuvenate it.
Who is microdermabrasion for?
Microdermabrasion is considered a safe procedure for most skin types and colours. People might choose to get the procedure if they have the following skin concerns:
fine lines and wrinkles
hyperpigmentation, age spots and brown spots
enlarged pores and blackheads
acne and acne scars
dull-looking skin complexion
uneven skin tone and texture
Preparing for microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure. There’s very little you need to do to prepare for it.
Discuss your skin concerns with us to find out if microdermabrasion is the right fit for you.
Discuss any past cosmetic procedures and surgeries, as well as allergies and medical conditions.
Avoid sun exposure, tanning creams, and waxing for about a week before treatment.
Avoid using exfoliating creams and masks approximately 3 days prior to treatment.
How does microdermabrasion work?
A diamond-tip handpiece is designed to gently exfoliate dead cells in your skin. At the same time, it will suction them off immediately.
The depth of the abrasion may be affected by the pressure applied on the handpiece as well as how long the suction is allowed to remain on the skin. This type of microdermabrasion applicator is generally used in more sensitive facial areas, like close to the eyes.
Hydradermabrasion is a newer method. It involves combining simultaneous crystal-free exfoliation and infusion of products into the skin. The process is said to stimulate collagen production and maximise blood flow to your skin.
What to expect after microdermabrasion
There is little to no downtime after microdermabrasion. You should be able to resume your daily activities immediately.
Keep your skin hydrated and use gentle skin care products. Avoid using topical acne medications for at least one day after treatment. It’s extremely important to protect your skin with sunscreen. Your skin can be more sensitive to the sun in the few weeks after the treatment.
You can expect to see noticeable results immediately after the procedure. The number of microdermabrasion sessions needed will depend on the severity of your skin concerns as well as your expectations.
Side effects of microdermabrasion
Common side effects of microdermabrasion include mild tenderness, swelling, and redness. These generally go away within a few hours after treatment.
You are advised to use a moisturiser to minimise dry and flaky skin. Minor bruising may also occur. This is mostly caused by the suction process during the treatment.