What is microdermabrasion and how is it done

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical exfoliation procedure that aims to promote skin rejuvenation by removing dead cells. The main types of microdermabrasion are:

  • Crystal peeling, using a small suction device that removes the most superficial layer of the skin and stimulates the production of collagen. Understand how crystal peeling works;
  • Diamond peeling, in which a deep exfoliation of the skin is performed, being efficient for removing spots and fighting wrinkles. Learn more about diamond peeling.

The procedure can be performed by a dermatologist or dermatofunctional physiotherapist using a specific device or using specific creams. Normally, 5 to 12 sessions are necessary, depending on the purpose of the treatment, each lasting an average of 30 minutes, in order to have the desired result.

What is microdermabrasion for

Microdermabrasion can be performed to:

  • Smooth and smooth fine lines and wrinkles;
  • Lighten pigmentation spots;
  • Eliminate small streaks, especially those that are still red;
  • Eliminate acne scars;
  • Decrease other skin imperfections.

In addition, it can be used to treat rhinophyma, which is a disease characterized by the presence of masses in the nose, which, when in large quantities, can cause nasal obstruction. See what are the causes and main symptoms of rhinophyma.

How it is done

Microdermabrasion can be done with a device that sprays aluminum oxide crystals on the skin, removing its most superficial layer. Then, vacuum aspiration is performed which removes all residues.

In the case of microdermabrasion performed with creams, just apply the product in the desired region and rub it for a few seconds, washing the skin afterwards. Dermabrasion creams usually contain crystals that stimulate the skin's microcirculation and remove dead cells, providing a healthier looking skin.

Microdermabrasion can be done on the face, chest, neck, arms or hands, but this procedure may require several sessions to have a satisfactory result.

Homemade microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion can be done at home, without the use of devices, replacing it with a good exfoliating cream. Good examples are the Mary Kay brand TimeWise cream and the Vitactive Nanopeeling Microdermabrasion cream in 2 stages of O Boticário.

Care after microdermabrasion

After microdermabrasion it is important to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen. In addition, it is not recommended to pass any product or cream on the face that is not recommended by the professional, as they can cause skin irritation.

After the procedure it is common to have mild pain, small swelling or bleeding, in addition to increased sensitivity. If skin care is not followed according to the recommendation of the dermatologist or dermatofunctional physiotherapist, the skin may be darkened or lightened.