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A Brief Insight into Microdermabrasion

Hazel Ryan
A Brief Insight into Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that most people have heard of. However, not many are aware of what it is. It is one of those cosmetic procedures that exfoliates and removes the superficial layers of the dead and dry skin cells. Simply put, this procedure reduces the signs of aging.

What happens in Microdermabrasion?

It is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure in which the specialist rubs or sprays fine crystals into the skin using a wand. The wand gently removes the top layer and dead skin cells. The aim is to make the skin appear younger. However, most people get this procedure to rejuvenate and refresh the complexion of the neck and face.  But, this can be performed on any area of the skin.

The results are not permanent though.

Preparing for the Procedure

Before getting the procedure, dermatologists offer prior consultations. So, it is better to speak to a healthcare professional first. Also, people can ask for after and before the picture. In this consultation, a dermatologist will examine a person’s skin to ensure the microdermabrasion is suitable for them.

Uses & Benefits of Microdermabrasion

This process helps in making the complexion smooth, clearer, and appear healthy. Usually, people wish to get this procedure to get rid of:

  • Age spots
  • Dark spots
  • Dullness in the complexion
  • Melasma (the forms dark spots or patches)
  • Scars
  • Uneven skin tone or texture

Moreover, this procedure might also increase the results of anti-aging or skin-bleaching products. This way, the products penetrate the skin.

The Risks & Side-Effects of Microdermabrasion

Those who had been taking acne medicine (isotretinoin) in the past 6 months should wait before getting the procedure. Otherwise, they can be a risk of getting scars on their skin. After the procedure, one might notice these signs:

  • Bruising
  • Burning/stinging sensation
  • Mild tenderness
  • Skin redness or swelling
  • Sunlight sensitivity

These signs usually go away within a few hours after the treatment.

To ensure the best results, and lessen chances of side-effects, see that you use sun protection after the procedure. Also, you may be advised to use moisturizers to reduce getting dry or flaky skin. As said earlier, minor bruising may occur. This is usually caused by the suction process that happens during the treatment.


Microdermabrasion is usually suitable for the face and neck. It takes 20 minutes and 30 to 40 minutes for the neck and face respectively. The side-effects might remain for a few hours or days.

Bear in mind that the results are gradual. The procedure works effectively for reducing signs of aging. Additionally, one may need between 5 and 16 treatments from a professional to get the desired results.

Recovery Time

Normally, the procedure does not require recovery time. As for the side-effects, they are temporary. They vanish after a few days. The skin recovers rather quickly usually. So, most people are ready to get another session within a week.

In a nutshell, microdermabrasion has become a popular cosmetic surgery in the UAE. Usually, a skin care specialist or dermatologist performs the procedure. Having said that, home kits are available, it is better to get this procedure by an experienced professional.

Hazel Ryan
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