It’s high time we start dialing in technology to preserve the beautiful, unique skin on our gorgeous faces. We’ve worked hard to protect our skin as best as we could with the resources we had at the time. But many folks are dealing with the aging effects of poor SPF use.
Microdermabrasion and microneedling are two of the more popular options for facial rejuvenation. Determining which treatment is best for your skin type can help you get a little closer to your skincare goals.
Overview of microdermabrasion
Before you make any decisions about electing to have any type of procedure, even minimally invasive, it’s important to know your options and make sure that you have a clear understanding of what each process entails.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is an incredibly progressive, minimally invasive exfoliation procedure that can improve your skin's reflection of sun damage, fine lines, acne, and more. Addressing rough texture, uneven skin tone, acne and wrinkles, microdermabrasion utilizes a specific diamond-tipped handpiece with an abrasive surface that gently exfoliates the thick outer layer of our skin.
By removing this top dead layer we reveal fresh new skin underneath, decongest the pores to reduce acne, and lighten hyperpigmentation, leaving you with a fresh, clear, glowing face.
What skin concerns does microdermabrasion target?
Let’s face it, 20 years ago we didn’t quite understand that protection from harmful UV rays was the first line of defense in the anti-aging industry. Today, millions of people are working hard to reverse and prevent future damage from lack of SPF use.
Microdermabrasion addresses acne scars, melasma, fine lines, and wrinkles. It is a versatile procedure that can treat a broad variety of skin concerns.
What are the side effects and aftercare procedures for microdermabrasion?
You can probably gauge that the normal side effects of microdermabrasion could include your skin being slightly tender, and pinkness or redness. These are the most common side effects that usually disappear within hours after your treatment. Your esthetician may suggest that you utilize a moisturizer to prevent dry or flaky skin after your treatment.
The basics of microneedling
If you’re wondering what the secret ingredient is to supple, springy skin, it’s all about the method to stimulate collagen production.
Through the aging process we naturally lose collagen, and the body struggles to produce more of it. With that lack of collagen, fine lines and wrinkles become more noticeable.
What is microneedling?
Stimulating collagen production can be done artificially through microneedling. The process of microneedling is simple: the skin is stamped with a device that uses a small cartridge with small, sterile needles that create tiny subsurface wounds. These “micro wounds” stimulate the body’s healing process, stimulating new collagen production and elastin to help that healing process along.
What benefits are seen on your skin from microneedling?
Since the collagen production rate increases post-microneedling, you will notice an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, reduction of acne scarring, and fading of hyperpigmentation and stretchmarks. The result is a more youthful, radiant glow.
What is the aftercare like for microneedling?
After your microneedling session, you should take care to avoid excessive heat, sun, and sweat for the next 48 hours. Retinols should be discontinued for a week after treatment and no waxing to the area for a minimum of 2 weeks. Use a fresh, clean pillowcase to help keep your skin cleaner during healing while you sleep. You’ll want to keep an eye out to make sure that redness and irritation begin to diminish over the next few days. Having a slight even pinkness to the skin can be normal after treatment and can signal that your skin is beginning the healing process.
Make sure to apply ample sun protection before heading out every day. Your skin will become more photosensitive after a microneedling treatment, and even if that weren’t the case, applying sunscreen before leaving the house every day is imperative to beautiful, healthy skin and to protect your investment after your treatments!
Comparing microdermabrasion vs microneedling
With so many similarities between the two, it may be a challenge to determine whether microdermabrasion or microneedling is the right route for you.
Who is eligible for each treatment?
People who are pregnant and breastfeeding, healing from sunburn, subject to allergies or other inflamed skin conditions and individuals with diabetes should avoid microneedling. Microdermabrasion should be avoided for inflamed acne or rosacea, diabetes, or fragile skin prone to broken capillaries.
How many sessions does it take to see results?
With microneedling, you will see noticeable results after about 4 to 6 sessions. Of course, every person's body is subject to its own set of variables, meaning it could take more or less to see the results you’re hoping for. Microdermabrasion can be a weekly procedure or something that you schedule up to every eight weeks depending on your skin's needs. Most people begin with sessions every other week and switch to monthly maintenance when they start to feel satisfied with their results.
How much does each treatment cost?
Treatment costs can vary from practice to practice and you can expect to pay $425 for a single microneedling treatment at LUXE Aesthetics. On average, a facial session that includes microdermabrasion costs $165 per treatment.
Set up your skincare consultation with LUXE Aesthetics
It’s time to dive into the self-care routine that fits your needs. If you’re curious about which procedure would best serve your skin needs, connect with us! We’re ready to guide you from beginning to end with a personalized skin consultation.