Microdermabrasion can help with lots of skin problems such as acne scars, skin aging and fine lines. It deals with these problems by gently removing the epidermis which contains dead and sometimes damaged skin cells.
It’s a procedure that does not need any invasive surgery or skin penetration. It just removes the dead skin cells using a diamond tipped wand or aluminium oxide crystals. But exactly how safe is this process?
Potential Side Effects
This procedure does not have many serious side effects as long as proper care is taken.
The majority of potential problems will come after the treatment. Your dermatologist should advise you on the precautions to take. After treatment, you should not use products that contain glycolic acids and tretinoin. You should avoid dying your hair or using chemical straightening treatments one week before and after the microdermabrasion treatment. Other treatments to avoid after the treatment include waxing, electrolysis, dermabrasion and using face masks.
Why? Well after the treatment you outer layer of skin will be much thinner, softer and more sensitive. This means treatments like the ones mentioned above will be much more painful and potentially dangerous as there isn’t as much of a barrier there. For this reason you should also be very careful in sunlight after the procedure. Try to stay out of it, or use high factor sun cream.
Other problems associated with the treatment are simply cosmetic in nature like redness and minor swelling. This provides no real risk.
Is It Suitable For Everyone?
You should inform you dermatologist of any allergies you may have. If you have a history of eczema or sensitive skin then the procedure could be uncomfortable. Another important piece of detail you dermatologist needs to know is the current medication you’re taking. If you have any open wounds on your face, like ones from acne, you should definitely wait until they have properly healed. Pregnant women and women who are nursing are also discouraged from undergoing this treatment.
Dermatologists and their patients should follow exact instructions and best practices while carrying out this procedure to not only obtain good results, but safe ones. When carrying out several procedures, you need to space them out adequately. Your dermatologist will advise you on how many treatments you need for your particular skin issue to be solved. Having too much of the treatment can make the skin sore and raw. This could potentially lead to breaking of the skin and consequently infection – the biggest risk associated with the process.
So for the typical person who’s getting the treatment at a respected clinic or salon, microdermabrasion is perfectly safe. The only time problems arise is when excessive treatment is undertaken, or treatment is done on unsuitable candidates. Essentially the treatment is just removing the dead skin from your epidermis. This happens over time anyway, so think of microdermabrasion as just speeding up a natural process.