What Happens During A Microdermabrasion Treatment?

What Happens During A Microdermabrasion Treatment?

by Neha | Feb 27, 2019 | Skin Treatment

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive process used for renewing the skin texture and tone. Besides, this process can diminish the appearance of certain wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, fine lines, melasma, acne scarring and many other types of skin conditions and concerns. 

This process is safe for almost every skin colour and type. People usually choose Microdermabrasion treatment for the following skin-related issues:

  1. Blackheads and enlarged pores
  2. Wrinkles and fine lines
  3. Acne scars and acne
  4. Brown spots, age spots, and hyperpigmentation
  5. Uneven skin texture and tone
  6. Dull skin complexion
  7. Stretch marks
  8. Sun damage
  9. Melasma

The treatment of microdermabrasion is often performed at the skin care clinic, medispa or at the dermatologist’s clinic. But if you never had gone through this process earlier, then you must know what happens during the Microdermabrasion treatment. Let’s get the details:

What happens during the Microdermabrasion procedure?

The Microdermabrasion procedure mainly involves several steps. These include:

  • First of all, the skin of the patient is cleaned at the outset by using a soothing, deep cleansing foam ,gel or degreasing solution. This is done to remove the dust, makeup, natural oils and impurities. Harsh cleansers should be avoided completely as they could dry the skin out.
  • The treated area is then pat dried with a disposable towel.
  • After that, the professional directs the stream of micro aluminium oxide crystals by using a microdermabrasion system or a handpiece. This is helpful in exfoliating the skin. Besides, the handpiece removes all the crystals and the skin debris with the help of the suction power.
  • The skin is gently pulled by the fingers into opposite directions, and then the device is used on skin in upward direction in a linear motion.
  • This process is repeated all over the face and neck twice.

Some More Details About The Microdermabrasion Procedure:

There are two types of Microdermabrasion procedures used in the Microdermabrasion treatment. Both of the methods are mechanical exfoliators and are effective in exfoliating the skin thoroughly.

  • Crystal microdermabrasion: This process uses a crystal-emitting handpiece for spraying on fine crystals gently on the face to remove the outer skin layer. At the same time, the handpiece suctions off the dead skin cells right away. Different types of crystals are mainly used in this process and the most popular ones are sodium bicarbonate and aluminium oxide.
  • Diamond-tip microdermabrasion: In this process, the handpiece gently exfoliates and suctions off the dead cells in the skin. Here the depth of abrasion is affected by the pressure used on the handpiece and for the time period it’s been used on a specific area. Being a gentle method,the smaller tips of this method is mostly used in the sensitive areas of the face like near the eyes.

How does microdermabrasion help your skin : It helps to gently exfoliate your skin with a mechanical device. It helps to renew your skin tone and texture making your skin smoother and more youthful.It also helps with superficial acne scarring. The procedure stimulates blood flow which improves cellular turnover and proliferation which causes improvement in skin’s elasticity. 

How long does a session take: The treatment time is approximately 30 to 40 minutes.This includes the total time from skin prep to the application of post procedure creams. Benefits of Microdermabrasion:

  1. Brighter and clearer complexion
  2. Restores elasticity by stimulating collagen production
  3. Unclogs pores so reduces breakouts
  4. Treats the signs of premature ageing
  5. Reduces the appearance of sun damage
  6. Promotes even skin tone
  7. Corrects and clarifies superficial acne scars
  8. Lunchtime procedure

How much it costs: Depending on the city , location , the expertise of the clinic you are getting the procedure done, it can vary from anywhere between Rs 1500-Rs 3500 for a session on face and neck. 

How many treatments will you need: This will depend upon the end goal  and what results you are expecting. Your doctor can help ascertain this for you on skin examination.However, even after the first session you will see that your complexion is much brighter and softer.At an average your doctor may advise you 4 to 10 sessions . 

Each session to be taken every 4 weeks. What results to expect :Your skin will immediately turn pink and might feel a bit dry as well as tight.Results overall are immediate and visible and only get better with multiple treatments. The results also vary as per the skin type and indication for which microdermabrasion is chosen. 

For whom the procedure is not recommended : If you have eczema, dermatitis , rosacea or any open cuts or wounds then this treatment is not advisable for you. What are the post treatment instructions:

  1. Your skin will have a slight rosy glow for 24 hours , which is normal.
  2. Applying sunscreen and moisturiser after procedure is a must.
  3. If you think you might get incidental sun exposure (driving , walking ) , it’s recommended that you avoid sun physically as well with a protective hat , umbrella and a broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen. 
  4. You will need to avoid any heat generating activities like sweating , exercising, hot baths , sauna , hot shower and swimming for 24 hours post your treatment.
  5. You can continue washing your face with a gentle cleanser.
  6. Don’t rub/scrub/pick on your skin. Be as gentle with your skin as possible
  7. Makeup can be applied 6 hours post procedure.
  8. Do Not undergo any parlor procedures or wax the area where microdermabrasion is done for 5 days post procedure. Same goes for laser hair removal in the treated area for 5 days.


The Microdermabrasion procedure has a number of benefits. With this treatment, it is possible to make the skin look radiant and feel smooth and soft. And after a series of Microdermabrasion procedures, blackheads and pore blockages are completely reduced. Besides, this process also softens the fine lines. Make sure to discuss your expectations with your doctor to ensure you walk out happy with the treatment results.Visit Metamorphosis Clinic to avail the best Microdermabrasion treatment in Mumbai & Delhi.

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