Aging is a gradual process that occurs in every cell of our bodies. While skin cells regenerate themselves at a rate of about one million per second, they also die off. The outer layer of the skin (epidermis) is renewed every two weeks, while the inner layer (dermis) is replaced every month.
Skin aging is a complex process that involves several factors. The main cause is the natural loss of collagen and elastin fibers from the supportive structure beneath our skin. As we get older, these fibers break down faster than new ones are made. This causes fine lines and wrinkles to appear on our face and body.
This process is both natural and a part of aging, but that does not mean that there aren’t practices or solutions that can help reverse this process to a degree and improve the condition or appearance of the skin. This is where microdermabrasion can be extremely helpful.
What Is Microdermabrasion, And How Does It Work?
Microdermabrasion is a gentle and effective treatment that helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, and other blemishes. Microdermabrasion has been used for years as a safe and effective way to exfoliate the skin, renewing the overall skin tone and texture. It is also excellent for preparing the skin for chemical peels or laser resurfacing procedures.
Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment that uses small crystals to gently remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Essentially, an abrasive surface gently sands away the outer layer of skin. This allows new cells to come forward in their place, which gives you a brighter skin tone and fewer visible signs of aging. You have a new layer of skin, which leads to a rejuvenated appearance. The procedure itself is non-invasive and virtually pain-free. At PMN Health & Wellness, we offer microdermabrasion procedures performed by trained professionals. Reach out today to learn more and schedule your appointment!
Are There Any Risks Associated With Microdermabrasion?
This procedure is non-invasive and is not a surgical option. Because microdermabrasion uses physical exfoliation, it’s considered a safer alternative to chemical peels or lasers that use chemicals or light energy to stimulate deeper layers of skin. Two mild side effects are relatively common, but their impact is minimal. They are:
- Redness: This usually lasts two days after treatment and fades with time. If you’re worried about redness, consider using an over-the-counter topical cream such as aloe vera gel or calamine lotion for relief.
- Itching: Mild itching can occur immediately after treatment as your face swells slightly from the procedure. This will last five minutes or less and should go away as soon as the swelling subsides.
With such minimal side effects, the downtime following the procedure is virtually nonexistent, and you can go about your day after the procedure. Nonetheless, it is imperative that you protect your skin after the procedure, and generally follow the practitioner’s recommendations.