How To Tell If Microdermabrasion Is Right for You

How To Tell If Microdermabrasion Is Right for You

Yes, making that big step toward better-looking skin requires a lot of effort and commitment on your part. It’s not just a few treatments and you're done. But if you’re anything like the thousands of people before you who tried microdermabrasion, significant progress can - and will - be made. 

With each successful treatment, visible positive changes will begin to take place. Skin Deep Med Spa Boston can help you achieve a level of beauty beyond what you may experience now. 

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive painless skin-rejuvenation cosmetic procedure that uses a relatively soft-frequency tool to produce an intense oscillating, rotating motion. 

The oscillatory motion gently abrades the skin's surface, removing the thicker outer layer of dead skin cells, leaving behind the smoother layer underneath. The debris removed is then vacuumed up and away, leaving patients with healthy smoother skin that is refreshed and incredibly clean.

This non-surgical procedure diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, blemishes, acne scarring, uneven pigmentation, discoloration, deep scars, and improves the overall skin texture.  

There are three types of microdermabrasion procedures that you can book. They include:


Hydradermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation procedure that removes the upper layers of dead skin cells while hydration increases cell turnover and collagen production. This treatment uses a specially developed solution to dissolve the buildup of sebum, excess cells, and cosmetic residue from the pores.

The dissolved contents are then carried away by a gentle stream of pressurized oxygenated water. The result is a brighter, more even, and softer complexion. There is no downtime from work or activities afterward. The treatment may be performed every four weeks for optimal results and is suitable for all skin types.

Crystal Microdermabrasion

The crystal microdermabrasion procedure is performed with an ultra-fine crystal-emitting hand piece. As this hand piece gently sprays on fine crystals, it gently buffs away the outer layers of damaged skin cells. 

This action uncovers smoother, younger appearing skin that looks radiant and feels smoother to the touch. The crystals used in Crystal microdermabrasion include aluminum oxide, sodium bicarbonate, and diatomaceous earth.


The diamond-tip handheld device is an innovative microdermabrasion device that gently exfoliates the skin while suctioning away dead cells. Its patented technology uses diamond-tipped rotary discs to gently remove these cells while simultaneously suctioning them away, leaving your skin looking noticeably brighter and smoother.

The procedure may take 30 minutes or longer to complete, depending on the desired results.

What Results Should You Expect?

So, what does microdermabrasion do for the skin?

It can be very effective in stimulating cell turnover, removes impurities, diminish age spots, even out fine lines, and stimulates collagen production. Because it’s not invasive, you won’t experience scars or pain after your treatment is complete; instead, most people report feeling invigorated by the younger-looking complexion.

Microdermabrasion Cost

Of course, you also want to ensure that these microdermabrasion treatments are something you can afford. Many choose to have an in-office procedure performed by a dermatologist or esthetician, which runs at roughly $75 to $300 depending on how many treatments are needed and any customizations added to the procedure.

How Should You Prepare for a Microdermabrasion Treatment?

As you’re aware, there are many skin concerns that microdermabrasion could help with. Preparation for your appointment will depend on what condition your skin is in. Below are some helpful tips to help you prepare your skin for this effective treatment.

Before The Procedure.

Do not exfoliate or apply waxing creams to your skin for three days before your microdermabrasion treatment, and remove your make-up the night before. During the initial assessment, your therapist will advise on any pre-treatment you may require.

You mustn't use any toners, astringents, moisturizers, or make-up products on your face for 48 hours before treatment. This is to ensure that the skin is in its natural state and the treatment can penetrate the skin more effectively.

If you want to avoid the typical "burn" that many people experience after a session, please avoid tanning for seven days before your appointment. Sunlight contains ultraviolet radiation, which can significantly delay the benefits from your treatment because the sunlight will increase skin regeneration in the injected area while inhibiting cellular turnover.

Wash your face with a non-oily, non-stripping cleanser before microdermabrasion. This will help reduce the chance of stinging from the acids used to exfoliate dead skin.

What to Expect During The Procedure?

The estheticians may apply a topical anesthetic such as lidocaine (Xylocaine) to reduce pain but most patients do not experience any sensitivity even without any topical numbing agents.

A microdermabrasion session is quick and generally painless, with most patients describing it as feeling like tiny rubber bands brushing against the skin. It is possible that some areas on your face may be more sensitive than others, and that you may experience mild discomfort during this procedure.

Potential Side Effects

The most common side effects of microdermabrasion are minor bruising, redness, and swelling of the face immediately following the treatment session. While these side effects are temporary, they can still be disconcerting. 

Usually, redness lasts only about 30 minutes after treatment sessions, but swelling may be for a few hours or more depending on how much tissue was removed by the abrasive crystals during your session. 

The redness and swelling may cause temporary sensitivity to sunlight during this period as well; however, this should subside within several hours after treatment and make way for smoother and healthier-looking skin.

Aftercare Tips

Of course, you have to take good care of your skin after microdermabrasion. But it is crucial to keep in mind that the treatment is a superficial one.

Hydrate and Moisturize

A microdermabrasion session can leave your skin dehydrated and in need of hydration. The amount and frequency of water and moisturizer you drink or apply after a procedure will determine how well your skin can prevent infection, irritation, inflammation, and dryness. 

It also stimulates the minerals beneath your skin to create fresh new cells to appear rejuvenated and younger.

Be Gentle To Your Skin

After your Microdermabrasion treatment, use gentle skincare products to prevent irritation. Even if irritation or redness immediately occurs after a session, your skin improves over the next few days. 

Focus on minimizing residue and enhancing hydration, and a healthy glow will return.

Avoid Sun Exposure

Get the most out of your microdermabrasion experience by protecting your skin from sun damage. Sun protection not only keeps your skin looking fresh but also aids in quicker recovery. 

After microdermabrasion, there is a temporary increase in your skin's sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation, so you should avoid exposing yourself to UV rays for at least seven days after the treatment.

Avoid Using Topical Acne Medication

Avoid using topical acne medications for at least one day after treatment. Using topical acne medications after microdermabrasion makes the acne scars worse and makes the skin even more sensitive.

Avoid Using Alcohol-Based Lotions and Creams

Ensure your microdermabrasion treatment goes smoothly by avoiding alcohol-based lotions and creams in the 24 hours before and after your appointment. Alcohol-based products will dry out fresh skin cells, disrupt the results of a microdermabrasion treatment, and cause irritation. 

Talk to your skin specialist to provide medical advice on suitable skincare products for use after a microdermabrasion treatment, or talk to your local pharmacist for advice on suitable alternatives.

Schedule an Appointment With Us Today

Reserve your appointment at Skin Deep Med Spa today and indulge in the luxurious microdermabrasion treatments that will leave your skin looking soft, healthy, more youthful, glowing, and fresh. 

Our estheticians are trained to combine unique, relaxing therapies with cutting-edge facials, product recommendations designed to meet concerns for all skin types. We at Skin Deep Med Spa are committed to excellence in customer service, and our end goal is to make your visit the most memorable it can be. 

Contact us at (617) 812-0954 to reserve an appointment at Skin Deep Med Spa today.

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