Microdermabrasion - the best non-invasive method for skin rejuvenation

  • Updated August 23, 2023
  • by Honey Seida
Microdermabrasion Benefits and Side Effects

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive way to rejuvenate the skin. In this method, the surface layer of your skin is removed using a variety of techniques. Once the healing process completes, the new skin surface looks younger and smoother.

A microdermabrasion treatment session lasts between 30 and 40 minutes for the face and about 20 minutes for the neck. You will not have pain during the treatment session, and there is no need to use anesthesia. After the treatment, you may have a slight swelling or a sunburn-like sensation that subsides and resolves within a few days.

Microdermabrasion exfoliating the skin

Microdermabrasion Machines

To perform microdermabrasion, the client sits on a chair, and a particular substance is sprayed on their face. Of course, after the person's face was cleansed of any cosmetics. Then a microdermabrasion machine is applied to the skin in different directions, and after finishing the work, several moisturizers are applied to the skin according to the therapist's recommendation. The microdermabrasion machine used during the therapy session is usually a diamond tip or crystal device.

Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion

A manual diamond tip is a tool used for peeling and microdermabrasion. This machine very gently removes dead cells and skin layers, and the cells that are pulled out are sucked by the microdermabrasion machine.

The exfoliation depth depends on the pressure placed on the hand and also on the amount of suction left on the skin. This microdermabrasion applicator is commonly used on sensitive areas of the skin (such as the area around the eyes).

Microdermabrasion is an attractive technique for exfoliating the skin

Crystal Microdermabrasion

This method uses a special hand that pours very fine crystals on the skin while moving and rubbing the skin. The crystals separate the dead cells, similar to the diamond tip method, and the suction device collects the removed cells. In this microdermabrasion method, different crystals are used.

Microdermabrasion Facial

Microdermabrasion is very similar to other facials performed in that it aims to peel the dead skin on the clients’ face and rejuvenate it. Microdermabrasion facial is safe and effective for use on all types of facial skin. The exfoliating crystals are very fine and do not harm your skin. Since microdermabrasion does not require incision or anesthesia, there is no risk of scarring or infection.

Microdermabrasion skin clarification

Microdermabrasion Benefits

Microdermabrasion aims to achieve young, soft, radiant, and even skin. Microdermabrasion clients usually come to Brilliant Skin Australia for the following problems that can benefit from microdermabrasion therapy.

  • Superficial and fine wrinkles
  • Loosening of the skin
  • Inconsistency in skin color
  • Disorder in skin tissue
  • Brown spots and lesions due to aging
  • Dark spots that remain after acne treatment
  • Scars
  • Melasma

Removal of skin spots with microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion Before and After

Microdermabrasion is a popular skin treatment that can help improve the appearance and texture of skin. Before undergoing a microdermabrasion treatment, there are some things you should do to prepare your skin. The treatment itself is generally quick and non-invasive. Afterwards, it is important to follow proper aftercare instructions to ensure your skin heals properly and you achieve the best results.

Will provide an overview of what to do before a microdermabrasion treatment, what to expect during the procedure itself, and the proper aftercare steps to take. Following the recommended before and aftercare guidance can help maximize the benefits of microdermabrasion for your unique skin needs. With some preparation and post-treatment care, microdermabrasion can give your complexion a healthy, rejuvenated glow.

Skin rejuvenation with microdermabrasion

Before Microdermabrasion Therapy

The first step before microdermabrasion therapy is to consult with a therapist. You are welcome to contact us and make an appointment for specialized consultation with our therapists.  

Your therapist at Brilliant Skin Australia will carefully check your skin condition and type to make sure that microdermabrasion is a suitable option for you. If you want to, you will also be shown before and after pictures of those who have had their microdermabrasion therapy at Brilliant Skin Australia.

Because microdermabrasion is anti-invasive and safe, it does not require rigorous pre-treatment care. Your therapist may advise you not to sunbathe, not go to the solarium, and not use sunscreen lotion at least for a week before microdermabrasion. Also, do not do any exfoliation for up to three days before the microdermabrasion treatment session.

After Microdermabrasion Therapy

  • Recovery after microdermabrasion is speedy, and you can get back to your daily routine almost immediately.
  • Keeping the treated area moisturized and using suitable creams is very important.
  • You should not use solutions, lotions, and other topical anti-acne medications for at least the next day.
  • The use of sunscreen is essential.
  • After treatment, your skin will be pretty sensitive to the sun's harmful rays for a few weeks.

Microdermabrasion Results

Microdermabrasion Side Effects

People who are taking isotretinoin to heal acne are required to stop taking the medication for 6 to 12 months (depending on their therapist’s advice). These drugs significantly increase the risk of side effects (such as scars). You should also know that microdermabrasion is not practical for treating very deep pimples.

You may experience the following after-effects for a few days after you have had your microdermabrasion treatment session:

  • Dermatitis
  • Redness of the skin similar to sunburn
  • Bruising
  • Feeling of burning or tingling of the skin
  • Increased sensitivity to the sun

All of the above side effects are temporary and will go away in a few days. When microdermabrasion has more severe side effects, like a skin wound, it is usually due to a wrong initial evaluation in choosing the right candidate or performing the microdermabrasion process.


Microdermabrasion vs Dermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is less invasive than dermabrasion.

Dermabrasion uses more invasive methods than microdermabrasion to remove the top layer of skin. Your therapist may recommend dermabrasion to remove acne scars, accidental or surgical scars, or to remove tattoos.

Dermabrasion is only suitable for people with fair skin, while microdermabrasion can be suitable for all people with any skin color.

Get more information about hydrodermabrasion: Hydrodermabrasion

Microdermabrasion vs Microneedling

Microneedling and microdermabrasion are both used to cleanse the skin. But the main difference is the way each of them is done. As mentioned earlier, microdermabrasion affects the surface layers of the skin. Using the crystal, a superficial abrasion is performed on the skin, and the dead cells are removed in this method.

But in microneedling, using devices that consist of several needles, small holes are made in the skin, leading to increased collagen production. As a result, microneedling can be considered somewhat more aggressive than microdermabrasion. Due to the penetration depth of the device made in this method, microneedling is usually used to eliminate deeper wrinkles and stubborn pimples.

Treatment Method Skin removal depth Suitable skin types Use
Microdermabrasion Exfoliates using fine crystals Surface layer All skin types Reduce acne scars, fine lines, dull skin
Dermabrasion Uses a rotating wheel or brush Deep layers Fair skin types Remove acne scars, tattoos, deep scars
Microneedling Punctures skin with tiny needles Middle layers All skin types Reduce acne scars, wrinkles, stretch marks


Microdermabrasion Contraindications

Certain medical problems or conditions can increase the risk of side effects for microdermabrasion. If you suffer from any of the following problems, you may not be a good candidate for microdermabrasion or microneedling:

  • Open wound
  • Cold sore
  • Skin infection
  • Active acne
  • Warts
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Vascular problems
  • Lupus
  • Uncontrolled diabetes

Smooth skin without freckles with microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion at Home

Microdermabrasion is performed both by therapists and dermatologists. You may be able to apply this treatment yourself using home kits. However, there is a large gap between the effectiveness of clinical and non-clinical methods.

The microdermabrasion performed by a certified therapist is different from the home methods (microdermabrasion kit), and the therapist performs the treatment using special equipment; The microdermabrasion device penetrates the layers of the skin a little deeper than home microdermabrasion kits do, and the extra penetration helps better remove older layers of dead skin cells.

Final Word

Rejuvenating and removing skin problems in 1 to 2 weeks is no longer a dream! Many people lose their self-confidence due to various slight skin problems, but there is no need to worry anymore! Microdermabrasion alone can be a practical treatment to rejuvenate your skin as quickly as possible.



How often Should You Have Microdermabrasion Therapy?

Microdermabrasion therapy sessions are held weekly, biweekly or monthly. Because microdermabrasion treats only the superficial layer of the skin, the skin heals quickly. For many clients, this process takes a week. In some cases, complete healing of the skin takes 2-3 weeks, in which case the sessions should be held once a fortnight or monthly.

Which is better Microdermabrasion or chemical peel?

Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are both used to lighten the skin and remove dead skin cells. The effectiveness of exfoliators depends on the acidity utilized to make them. But how much exfoliation your skin needs depends on the type of skin and the extent of the damage. Therefore, before buying a chemical peel, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist or certified skin therapist.

Does microdermabrasion work?  

Yes, Microdermabrasion does really work, but you need to bear in mind that it is non-invasive and is typically used to remove fine wrinkles and that the results are not going to be permanent.

Is microdermabrasion painful?  

Microdermabrasion therapy should not be painful if done correctly by a trained and qualified therapist.

Can I work out after microdermabrasion?  

Because microdermabrasion treatment is non-invasive, there is no downtime associated with this skin rejuvenation procedure. Patients can return to work or other regular activities immediately, and there is no need to refrain from exercising or other strenuous activities.

Is microdermabrasion good for dry skin?  

Microdermabrasion is one of the most effective treatments for rejuvenating dry skin.


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