Microdermabrasion is advanced as an "instant facelift" -- an effective alternative to costlier and more invasive procedures like plastic surgery, chemical peels and Botox injections.
Microdermabrasion consists of the application of tiny rough grains to buff away the surface layer of skin, usually done to the face, chest, neck, arms or hands.
All of the action of Microdermabrasion acts on the stratum corneum, the upper most layer of the epidermis layer of the skin and the layer closest to the outside world. The epidermis is a set of dead skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through.
When you put lotions or creams on your skin, some of the moisture passes through the stratum corneum, but not all of it. This layer is home to many minor skin imperfections like fine wrinkle lines and blemishes.
Micro-needling uses a set of small needles that are pushed over your skin to create controlled punctures to force the skin into repair mode. This enhances the body's natural ability to produce collagen and elastin, which provides that firm plumpness and is thus, an effective way to improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks and create a more youthful skin tone.
Though not completely painless, you should not discard this technique straight away as the length of the microneedles can vary from 0.5 to 2.0 mm, which is incredibly tiny, and are gentle enough to be used around the delicate eye area. In addition, and compared to tattooing, the fact that there are several needles, increases the contact area and thus reduces the discomfort, making the process quick and easy.
Following the treatment, you may experience a bit of redness but once it subsides, you will notice a “glowy” complexion and a new plumpness to your skin.
Though micro-needling can be used on all skin colours and skin types, and all genders, it should be avoided if you have an active infection on the skin such as impetigo, active and inflamed acne or rosacea. Those with hypersensitive skin, acute eczema or sun burnt skin should also avoid the technique.