Getting a Microdermabrasion: What to Expect

I finally broke down and got my first microdermabrasion yesterday at my local esthetician’s salon. I had been thinking about getting one for awhile, mostly because I have very oily skin, a few acne scars, and an uneven skin tone. I knew it wasn’t going to do any big wonders, but wanted to at least give it a try.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with a microdermabrasion, it’s a procedure that can be done at a salon or spa by an esthetician and it requires no recovery time. Personally, I had a 60 minute diamond tip microdermabrasion that felt more like a vacuum than anything.

Benefits of Getting a Microdermabrasion

One of the biggest benefits of getting a microdermabrasion? There was no pain! Additionally, it provides the following benefits:

  • Dead skin is buffed away
  • Skin is left feeling smooth
  • No recovery time is needed
  • Can help diminish the appearance of fine lines
  • Can help with acne and light scarring (though it may take at least a few treatments to see results)

Since this was my first time getting a microdermabrasion, I wanted to see how the whole process went before I decided that I wanted to try it again. My esthetician had me change into a wrap and lie under the sheets on her table so that she could see what she was working with (a.k.a. my oily face).  I had a facial with her a few weeks back so I felt comfortable and could easily relax.

She began with a product of some sort and then turned on the microdermabrasion machine. As I said before, it felt like a vacuum with some bristles at the end of it. There was no pain at all – in fact, I actually liked the feeling.

She continued to work the diamond tipped instrument all over my face and neck until everything had been covered.

When she turned the machine off, she rubbed the excess product off of my face.

That’s when I felt how smooth my skin was! I was in shock by how smooth my face felt. It was as if my face was completely rejuvenated in just a short time!

What About Acne Scars?

When I finally got to look in the mirror, I could see that my scarring was still there, but my face did look better. In fact, I would go as far to say that it looked healthier. I could tell that getting a microdermabrasion helped reduce some of the skin tone issues I had on other parts of my face (where the scarring didn’t exist much, if at all).

As for the acne scars, I can tell that there was a slight difference on those, but nothing major.

I wasn’t surprised by those results though because I have read several reviews from other people who have gotten microdermabrasions. They all said that immediate results are not going to occur but that differences can be seen after a few sessions.

Would I Get Another One?

Absolutely! I was very satisfied with my experience and my face felt a lot better afterward. Although I don’t expect perfect results from it, I am curious to see how my face will look a few months down the road.

In addition to getting a microdermabrasion, I received what was almost a mini facial – mask included! It was just what I needed after a rough week.

My esthetician did tell me that if I’m not getting the results I want after a few treatments, then she could try a chemical peel and a microdermabrasion to go a bit deeper into the skin. I figure that I will wait on that for a bit and see how the next few sessions go.

Thinking About Getting a Microdermabrasion?

If you are considering getting this treatment, I would recommend that you consult with your esthetician and see if they think it would be beneficial for you. Personally, I think it’s a great service and I can’t wait to get my next one!

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Your skin will be smoother after the procedure
  • You may notice an improvement in your skin tone and texture
  • It works on oily skin
  • Results won’t come overnight, but having a few treatments has been shown to be effective for some
  • Everyone’s face is different – don’t expect your results to be the exact same as someone else’s

Do you know any other benefits of getting a microdermabrasion? Have you ever had one? Please share your thoughts below!


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