How Microdermabrasion Works


Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical skin treatment which is usually performed in a salon or skin clinic and done by a medical professional. The basic principle behind microdermabrasion is exfoliation where the outermost layer of the epidermis is taken off the skin. Many call it the ‘lunch time peel’ because it can actually be completed in as fast as 30 to 45 minutes. Best thing is that procedure allows you go home after.

Microdermabrasion is not only focused on the face area. It can also be applied on other parts of the body where scars or stretch marks are seen. Its success rate is high especially when acquired over a number of sessions. This means you can have microdermabrasion as often as you want as long an interval of one month is followed. Doctor will tell when the best time to have another microdermabrasion is.

There are different ways by which microdermabrasion is carried out. These are explained below:


This professional treatment is the most common among all microdermabrasion formats which is performed in most salons and spas. In here, tiny crystals are splattered onto the skin using a device which looks like a dental instrument and powered by electricity. When these tiny crystals reach the skin, they gently remove dry dead skin on the face. In the case of scars and stretch marks, scar tissues are scraped off. The skin will turn red after a while and will take around an hour for the normal skin color to come back.


This professional treatment literally uses a diamond tip to scrape away scar tissue and dead skin cells. The process can be a little painful but not severe because scraping is done in increments. Thus, no anesthesia is required. As compared to crystal, diamond uses a suction system to take off dead cells from the skin. Diamond is said to be more effective than crystal.  

DIY Home Treatment

Home based is the cheapest and simplest method of microdermabrasion. There are plenty of home kits available in the market today and these come with a step-by-step instructional guide on how to perform the peeling. Although professional methods are far more effective, high-end models of these products are shown to produce better results when used over a longer period. Should there be any negative result or bad side effects, it is recommended to discontinue use of product.

How Does Microdermabrasion Work

The skin normally sheds of dead cells to clear toxins and make room for the growth of new skin cells. While is a natural body system, some cells stay on the skin making the skin dull and rough. Through microdermabrasion, the layer of the skin where these dead cells are located are scrapped off using any of the methods mentioned above. This results to skin rejuvenation where new skin cells form on the epidermis resulting to a soft, smooth youthful skin. One fact about the skin is that there is a fourth layer called ‘stratum corneum’ which is where small lines and wrinkles form before they dig deeper into the skin. Since microdermabrasion can be done multiple times, lines and wrinkles can be reduced if not eliminated.

This fourth layer, also called false layer, must be removed so that the skin can breathe normally and that skin treatment methods become more effective. When you apply skin cream, ointment or moisturizer, the skin easily absorbs these products and therefore, positive results display quickly as well.

There are several reason why vacuum during microdermabrasion is employed. These are listed below:

  • It raises impurities and unwanted cells from the lower layers of the skin pushing them up making them the next layer for removal.
  • It isolates some sections of the skin intended for deeper cleaning.
  • It makes treatment sessions shorter as it is directed on isolated sections only.
  • It collects and disposes all kinds of materials from the skin allowing it to regenerate and reform naturally.

The sole purpose of microdermabrasion is the removal of the top layer of the skin leaving the lower layers unaffected. While it can be done at home, its success rate is not as high as compared to professional settings. If you want to pay for a treatment that goes beyond quality, go straight to the experts – microdermabrasion in Melbourne – Skintopia.