Microdermabrasion against Wrinkles and Acne Scars

Treatment information

Microdermabrasion is a milder form of skin scraping, where only the outer layer of skin is scraped away. Because of this, the treatment is less extensive than a normal dermabrasion, but also less effective.

Generally about the treatment

The skin
Cross section of the skin. A microdermabrasion (mild skin scraping) only the affects the epidermis (outermost skin layer))
A microdermabrasion only affects the outer layer of skin (the epidermis), which is why the procedure is far less painful than an ordinary dermabrasion/skin scraping. The results are similarly less dramatic.

A microdermabrasion temporarily gives the skin a fresher appearance. Fine wrinkles, acne scars and other superficial skin conditions will be reduced, and the skin will generally look younger after the treatment.

For a good result, it will be necessary with 5-12 treatments, with a 2-3 week gap in between each treatment.

The treatment takes 30 minutes to an hour.



The idea behind skin scraping, or dermabrasion, which is its medical name, is to scrape off part of the skin, using a mechanical tool. Hereby, an abrasion is created, and the body will then recreate the lost tissue in the treated area.

When new tissue has formed after the treatment, wrinkles and acne scars will be reduced or removed.

Suitability

Fit and healthy people are suited for the treatment.

The procedure

With microdermabrasion, which is a mild form of skin scraping/dermabrasion, the skin is sand blown using a microdermabrasion machine. The machine blows abrasive crystals towards the skin at high velocity. The crystals are then sucked up again along with the scraped off skin tissue.

Anaesthesia

No form of anaesthetic is needed.

Side-effects

Some patients will feel nothing, whereas others describe the sensation as anything from tickling to a light pain.

Microdermabasion will add redness to the skin in the treated area. This will quickly disappear though.

Risk of complications

There are no serious risks associated with micro-dermabrasion, seeing as only the surface skin is affected.

The intrusion of the procedure is equivalent to a sunburn after a long day at the beach.

If the treatment provider abrades on the same area for too long, it can damage the underlying skin.

Healing and recovery

After the treatment the skin will be left slightly red. After a few days the skin will start to peel off.

Normal activities can be resumed immediately after the treatment.

Duration of the result

The result is permanent, but the skin will continue to age along with the changes that come naturally with aging.