Microdermabrasion skin rejuvenation is used as a method of exfoliation, as well as to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage and stretch marks. Treatments include using a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer.
The ideal candidates for microdermabrasion are healthy adults who have relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections, as well as realistic expectations about what microdermabrasion can and cannot do.1
It is important to know the difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a medical treatment that should only be performed by medical professionals under the supervision of a physician. Microdermabrasion is a more superficial technique that is often performed by estheticians and other medical spa professionals. Please check with your local medical board, nursing board or health care attorney for more information.
Any discomfort experienced as part of microdermabrasion is usually short-lived. This can include redness and swelling, which should subside within a few hours. Later, you can expect the skin to be flaky and dry for several days. Additional microdermabrasion risks include bruising, which can occur from the suction and may last several days. Your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. Be sure to use sunscreen, especially immediately following a microdermabrasion session.5
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