Is Microdermabrasion Good for Your Skin?

| by Suzanne Grove, Owner, under Wellness

Aging has a way of affecting our skin in undesirable or unhealthy looking ways even when  committed to healthy skin regimens.  Time goes by so quickly in our hectic lifestyles, it seems those fine lines and sun spots suddenly appear out of nowhere. While we cannot turn back the hands of time, we can do something about age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles with microdermabrasion skin treatment.

If you are like most busy women and men in The Woodlands, TX, you might be wondering if microdermabrasion is good for your skin.  Let’s take a look at what microdermabrasion is, how it works and the many benefits this safe and effective skin treatment provides.  


What is Microdermabrasion?


Microdermabrasion refreshes drab, aging skin by gently removing the dull, top layer, revealing younger-looking, fresher skin underneath. Our microdermabrasion involves the use of a diamond-tipped wand that is used to slough away the top level of the skin for deep exfoliation, then gently vacuums away dead skin cells, leaving skin brighter and softer.

Microdermabrasion stimulates circulation and blood flow.  This causes new skin cells to develop which are firmer, smoother and produce more collagen. Microdermabrasion provides many benefits to a variety of skin conditions and should only be performed by licensed, trained estheticians. 


What Skin Conditions Will Microdermabrasion Improve?


Microdermabrasion addresses a variety of skin conditions by minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, lightening hyperpigmentation and smoothing acne scarring.  Many people choose microdermabrasion to address a variety of cosmetic concerns including:

  • Dull skin
  • Blackheads
  • Brown spots
  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Skin discoloration
  • Superficial scarring

The professionals at The Woodhouse Day Spa in The Woodlands can help you understand the benefits of microdermabrasion, based on your concerns and skin type. We offer a variety of advanced skin care treatments to nurture your skin.  Dedicated to your overall well-being, we provide the ultimate retreat with skin and body care including signature massages, manicures, and pedicures.  Nourish your skin and invigorate your body with a deep tissue massage, Swedish or Therapeutic Stone massage as part of your own dedication to your health and wellness. 


How Does Microdermabrasion Affect Your Skin?


We need to understand a little skin anatomy to know how microdermabrasion affects our skin, and just as important, if it does any harm.  It is recommended to speak with your dermatologist if you have rosacea or a history of hypertrophic scarring (keloids) and you should not have microdermabrasion with a current viral or bacterial skin infection.

For most skin types, microdermabrasion is an effective skin treatment that noticeably rejuvenates the appearance of your skin.


Understanding Skin Anatomy


Our skin is the largest organ in our body.  It is complex and divided into three distinct layers, each with a specific function and purpose.

  • Epidermis - the outermost layer of the skin and consists mostly of dead skin cells.  The epidermis protects against UV exposure, even viruses and bacteria.  Although the epidermis is considered a single layer, it is actually made of multiple layers. 
  • Dermis – the middle layer which contains the skin’s structural parts like elastin and collagen.
  • Subcutaneous tissue – the bottom layer which consists of larger blood vessels and fat.

Microdermabrasion exfoliates the epidermis which allows the skin to repair itself with healthier, younger looking skin.  The positive effects on your skin are usually immediately visible, appearing smoother and rejuvenated. As the epidermis produces new skin cells rapidly, they will appear fuller for more plump skin. Your outer skin layer will appear dry following the first 24 hours after the procedure but will quickly resolve as the newer cells absorb more moisture. 

With the visible, positive effects to the epidermis, you may not realize the many benefits on the second layer of skin, below the surface. The dermis receives many long-term benefits such as becoming thicker, healthier and fuller. 


The Many Benefits of Microdermabrasion


Microdermabrasion provides many benefits to the visible, outer layer of skin and below the surface. Research suggests as reported by the National Library of Medicine, that microdermabrasion increases collagen fibers and increases collagen density as one of the most commonly reported changes. Additional benefits include:

  • Improved skin color
  • Reduced age spots
  • Faded scars
  • Smoother skin
  • Minimized fine lines
  • Reduced wrinkles
  • Firmer, tighter skin
  • Shrunken pores
  • Rejuvenated appearance
  • A brighter, more radiant complexion

Microdermabrasion provides these visible and healthy benefits to your skin and requires little downtime.  Unlike dermabrasion which may take 7-14 days to recover, microdermabrasion is a less aggressive alternative with typically no downtime or discomfort. 

The skin care specialists at The Woodhouse Day Spa in The Woodlands can help guide you on proper at-home after care to maintain your skin’s youthful appearance.  You’ll want to use moisturizer with a broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoid any sun exposure for at least a few days following the procedure. 

Take the first step towards your own health and relaxation with a broad range of skin and body treatments including full body massage for a tranquil and transformational experience.  Contact us to learn more about our skin care services and how microdermabrasion is good for your skin.

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