Does Microdermabrasion Hurt?
- Posted on: Nov 15 2021
Exfoliation is a necessary aspect of caring for your skin at any age, but there is only so much benefit to be gained with scrubs and brushes. These methods work on the very outermost surface but do not offer the deep, thorough exfoliation that truly sheds dead and damaged skin cells. Just as running sandpaper over wood can smooth its texture, microdermabrasion can smooth the skin. Sandpaper? That must hurt! Let’s discuss this.
Likening microdermabrasion to sandpapering a piece of wood might not be the most elegant description, but it is relevant nonetheless. Also, even with this description, we can confidently state that microdermabrasion is not a painful process. It is, however, beneficial.
What Microdermabrasion Can Do For You
A microdermabrasion treatment is performed without anesthetic. The provider uses a special automated device to disrupt the upper layers of the epiderimis, which is blanketed by dead and damaged skin cells. These non vital cells can clog pores, make them appear enlarged, and contribute to acne flare ups. They also degrade the skin’s tone and texture, making it appear dull and rough. The microdermabrasion process breaks up these cells and suctions them away from the surface.
Microdermabrasion can address multiple skin conditions and cosmetic concerns. This treatment is highly recommended for the following:
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Ruddy or dull complexion
- Rough texture
- Discoloration caused by acne
In addition to correcting some of the most common skin conditions, microdermabrasion has been shown to increase the density of collagen fibers that support the skin. As such, this treatment is a great way to prevent premature aging.
What Microdermabrasion Feels Like
There are two words that are commonly used to describe the sensations during microdermabrasion treatment: scratching and suction. In many cases, patients feel mostly a gritty, scratchy sensation the most. This is not painful because the particles that are used to dismantle skin cells are very small and they move very quickly against the skin before they are suctioned away.
Microdermabrasion treatments may cause temporary redness. This is usually very subtle. Patients need not take time off work or other obligations to recover. Treatment is gentle enough to have done every month or two.
The winter months are a great time to correct the effects of summertime sun exposure. To schedule your microdermabrasion appointment, contact our Teaneck, NJ office at 201.836.9696.
Posted in: Microdermabrasion