Microdermabrasion Facial Explained by Singaporean Doctors

girl during the procedure

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Microdermabrasion facials of various names are offered by aesthetic clinics in Singapore. The usual price range for such a facial treatment is from $100 to $200 for a basic one. These often do not require a doctor's supervision or time. Higher grade treatments cost $300-$400 and involve medically backed technology and a doctor's consultation.

Are you the woman who chooses not to have skin treatments frequently because it’s difficult to find the best facial treatments suited for you? And as an alternative to treatments, are you convinced that your daily skincare routine will just do the trick?

Do not worry because you are not alone! And although there is an abundance of local clinics and spas that offer a wide range of treatments in Singapore, a lot of women still feel that they have not yet found the best treatment for them. Your safety is of utmost priority and it is perfectly normal to do your research first before committing to any treatment.

I’m sure you have heard about microdermabrasion that is why you are reading this post. Well, today must be your lucky day because you are about to find out why microdermabrasion is the best treatment for you!

First things first: What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin exfoliation cosmetic treatment. Usually termed as “supercharged exfoliation”, microdermabrasion mechanically exfoliates the dehydrated, dead skin cells in the outermost layer of the skin with the use of high-pressured stream of fine of crystals or diamond tips and efficiently sucks them away with a vacuum.

Sounds intimidating right? Fret not because microdermabrasion is simple and brings practically no risk, painless and most importantly, doesn’t affect the deeper layers of the skin. In fact, a lot of women (and men!) choose microdermabrasion over other treatments like chemical peels, lasers and injectables because it is generally milder, safer and more cost- effective.

Microdermabrasion will leave you clean and rejuvenated resulting in more improved texture, complexion and moisture for your skin!

What skin problems does Microdermabrasion treat?

  • Acne Scars
  • Dilated pores
  • Pigmentation
  • Sun damage
  • Wrinkles
  • Deep-seated impurities such as sebum and comedones
  • Blackheads and whiteheads

What are the benefits of Microdermabrasion?

While microdermabrasion may not be as effective for more severe skin conditions, this treatment provides a wide array of benefits for minor and superficial skin problems. These benefits include:

  • No more painful extractions or injections to achieve beautifully radiant skin!
  • After the dead skin cells are removed, the skin can stimulate collagen growth resulting in improved blood flow and increased cell nutrition—the keys to a healthy glow!
  • Exfoliates and buffs your skin with zero downtime.
  • Non-invasive by nature so it’s safer and more cost-effective.
  • Helps the penetration of skincare products (up to 50 percent!)
  • Improves skin texture and elasticity in just 30 minutes!
  • Suitable for almost all skin types.
  • Essentially tones and polishes skin.

benefits form the procedure

Crystal vs Diamond Microdermabrasion. What’s the difference?

If you want to book a microdermabrasion treatment, you must make sure that you are aware of the difference between crystal and diamond microdermabrasion.

For crystal machines, a compressor draws air via a hand-held device made of glass or stainless steel and creates a vacuum once it touches the skin. Aluminium oxide crystals (or corundum) are the most common crystals that are used while sodium chloride, magnesium oxide, sodium bicarbonate (or baking soda) are also used by other clinics.

According to some studies, however, suggests that aluminium oxide microdermabrasion machines might cause health risks because there is a possibility that tiny crystal particles can enter the respiratory system when inhaled. In some cases, crystals may get into the eyes and cause scratches—that’s why it is important to make you sure that your aesthetician is well trained and the clinic provides protection for your eyes.

With diamond-based microdermabrasion machines use a diamond-tipped hand-held device that mechanically scrapes the skin and a vacuum system that sucks up the exfoliated dead skin cells from the outer dermal layer.

Compared to diamonds, crystals are not as hard but costs way less. Also, there have been reports from that crystals can have very minimal downtown. Some have also described that with the diamond-based microdermabrasion are more precise in exfoliating especially to areas where crystals cannot reach. Both crystal and diamond microdermabrasion use machines to abrade the skin and yields similar results and the choice is ultimately up to you (with proper advice from your doctor of course!).

What should I expect during the Microdermabrasion procedure?

Before committing to any treatment, you always need to have a consultation with your doctor. This vital step will check your skin and assess the extent of the damage. Through consultation, your doctor can recommend treatments specifically tailored to your skin.

While microdermabrasion treatment is naturally painless, you might feel a slight pinching sensation on your skin while the procedure is being performed and sensitivity may increase in areas with excessive whiteheads, whiteheads and clogged pores.

microdermabrasion during the treatment

Also, the suction of the vacuum may also cause some discomfort (but won’t hurt!) as it will suck away all the debris from your skin.

There is no need to be bothered though because your aesthetician will always check in on you and make sure you will be as comfortable as possible. It is also important for you to honestly speak up to your aesthetician about your comfort level.

How long does the procedure take?

The complete microdermabrasion procedure typically takes about 30 minutes for the face. You can have it done during your lunch break, apply your make-up and go straight back to work looking pretty good and rejuvenated. However, if you want to include your other body such as neck, hands and feet did, it may take a longer amount of time to finish.

What results should I look forward to?

After your treatment, you will instantly feel the following results (although before and after outcomes may differ from person to person):

  • Reduced acne and post-acne scarring
  • Refined and tightened pores
  • Pigmentation and age spots
  • Brighter complexion
  • Improved skin texture
  • Reduced wrinkles and lines
  • Visibly radiant and glowing skin

Can I achieve the desired skin in just one session?

After just one session, your skin will be deeply cleansed and glowing. Although a single session can have visible instant effects, your skin also grows and ages over a period of time.

For best results are often achieved with a series of 5 to 10 treatments with two weeks intervals. The number of treatments will depend on your skin type and how your skin responds to treatment.

How much does microdermabrasion treatment cost?

The costs may vary depending on various factors like:

  • Extent of damage
  • Size of the treatment area
  • Combination of other treatments
  • Skin type (sensitive skins may require more treatment)
  • Number of sessions (as recommended by your dermatologist)

Can I use do-it-yourself microdermabrasion kits instead?

While there are do-it-yourself home microdermabrasion kits in the market, they act more like a scrub rather than deep exfoliation. Sometimes these products can also be quite harsh and may cause irritations if not used well. To be careful, it is always better to seek advice from professionals.

What additional information should I know before considering microdermabrasion?

If you have serious have skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, active sunburns and acne and other severe medical skin conditions, microdermabrasion may not be good for you.  Talk to your dermatologist first before committing to the treatment because it may cause complications and worsen your condition.

For normal skin types, microdermabrasion can also be combined with their other facial treatments such to yield best results. Ask your doctor for combination options suited for you!

After the microdermabrasion procedure, your skin may be more sensitive and may lose moisture due to sunlight, so don’t forget to apply sunblock and moisturize all the time!

Lastly, if your aesthetician is not skilful enough for this technique and becomes too aggressive in administering treatment, it can cause abrasions and bleeding on your skin.  Always do your research and make sure your aesthetician is qualified and has the right training to perform microdermabrasion procedure. The expertise of your aesthetician will play a great factor o the results you will get.

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