This treatment is an outpatient procedure. If you a planning on getting a microdermabrasion procedure done, you need to first consult with a doctor who is qualified to do the procedure. Discuss your desired results with your doctor and find out if microdermabrasion is the best procedure for you.
Microdermabrasion is a gentle treatment and does not require the patient to be anesthetized. During the procedure, the doctor will use a microdermabrasion wand, which has fine crystals at the tip. As the wand is moved over the face, it exfoliates the dead and dry skin. There is also a vacuum attachment that clears away the exfoliated upper layer of skin, leaving behind fresh new skin. The procedure usually takes up to half an hour to be completed.
The new skin will be pink and a bit sensitive at first but will heal over the course of a week. The doctor will prescribe a moisturizer and sunscreen that you will need to apply after the treatment is done.
Once the healing is complete, you will notice the skin looking younger and smoother with a more even skin tone. You might have to repeat the procedure every one to two months depending on your desired results.
Because the procedure only treats the uppermost layer of skin and does not penetrate deep into the tissue, the risks are relatively few. If you are susceptible to skin irritation and hives, you might develop some temporary bumps or blotching on the skin, but these will clear up with an oral antihistamine.