They say that you’re only as old as you feel, but it would be nice if someone told our skin that! We may feel youthful and full of energy and life still, but the wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines say otherwise.
For those of you wishing to reflect your personality on the outside, microdermabrasion is an excellent, non-invasive cosmetic procedure.
What is Microdermabrasion?
A procedure that uses extremely fine crystals and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells. It can be used on the face, neck, back, chest, and hands. Our bodies shed skin cells all the time, and most of these get washed off when we bathe or shower. But there are some which get stuck in the pores, making lines look more pronounced and skin look less healthy.
Microdermabrasion uses crystals to gently buff away these stubborn dead skin cells, and a vacuum to pull them away from the skin. Leaving you with smooth-looking, soft skin.
It’s worth noting that microdermabrasion doesn’t work on significant scarring, stretch marks, and deep wrinkles. You may need more than one treatment to achieve the desired results, and microdermabrasion isn’t right for everyone. Your consultant will be able to tell you what’s the best option for you.
Costs of Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion can be expensive, and the cost will vary depending on a number of factors. For example, the size of the area you want treated, or the amount of sessions needed to achieve the results desired.
As a rough guide, one single treatment on the face can cost £60. This will vary depending on where you get it done.
Are There Any Risks?
As long as microdermabrasion is done by a qualified practitioner, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be completely safe. The main risks come when you get the procedure done by someone who doesn’t have the required qualifications.
Before choosing the person to do the treatment, check that they’re on a register which shows they meet industry standards for training, skill, and insurance. You should avoid practitioners who have only completed a short training course.
What Can You Expect During a Session?
Some people do find microdermabrasion slightly uncomfortable, but it’s not so painful that any anaesthetic is required. Each session usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the area being treated.
The practitioner will move a handheld device over the skin, and tiny crystals buff away the dead cells, while a vacuum pulls them away from the skin.
The side effects of microdermabrasion are short lived and mild, usually involving redness and swelling. This is just your skin protecting itself while the new skin cells are growing. Some people find that their skin is dry and flaky for a few days after, and some people notice some slight bruising. This will depend on how sensitive your skin is usually.
You should remember that your skin will be more sensitive to the sun for a week or so afterwards, so make sure that you’re wearing adequate SPF protection. Generally, microdermabrasion is really safe, as long as you’re seeing a qualified professional.