How does microdermabrasion work?

Posted on 24 Jun, 2011

Microdermabrasion is essentially a deep and controlled exfoliation of the skin. It is a popular cosmetic procedure as it acts on both the epidermis and dermis, and can provide effective treatment for a variety of skin problems, such as acne scarring, stretch mark removal and pigmentation.

A hand-held device is used during the procedure to blast the skin with medical-grade tiny crystals. At the same time, used crystals and dead skin cells are removed from the surface of the skin.

Immediate effects are, of course, the removal of the upper layers of skin, which reveals the new and clearer skin underneath. The procedure has another effect, however. It triggers a healing response from the skin cells, which are stimulated into regenerating the skin’s surface with a much-improved appearance. Collagen is produced during this healing process, which also improves the skin’s natural elasticity.

The treatment is relatively pain free, and generally causes a scratching sensation in the area being treated. Microdermabrasion is generally performed before laser treatment is applied to the skin, as this second procedure reinforces the production of collagen and new cellular growth.