One of the most intriguing, albeit very commonplace treatments nowadays is microdermabrasion. I’ve got friends both in the office and outside who seem to have a very peculiar understanding about what this skin treatment really is. For some it is a painful procedure that they’re not really comfortable going through. For others, the procedure itself takes an awful lot of time that they simply don’t have the luxury of. When I visited my favourite beautician / therapist at Doncaster clinic that also offers microdermabrasion treatments, I took the initiative to find out more about such skin treatments and whether my friends’ apprehensions have any basis at all. Here’s what I found.
First, microdermabrasion is never painful. Unlike chemical peels that somehow sting the skin especially if you’re sensitive to the peeling agent, microdermabrasion treatments are “relatively” painless. I have to emphasise “relatively” since you will still feel ‘something’ usually after the procedure. This feeling is more related to the action of microdermabrasion where the skin’s outer layer is removed, exposing the fresh, new, and younger-looking skin layers right under. For most folks, it’s not painful at all. There’s discomfort, for sure, but not enough to send alarm bells ringing and making you want to pop an analgesic right there and then.
Second, the treatment typically lasts about 30 minutes or so. Again, this is so unlike other skin treatments that we may have already went through. When I visited the clinic at Doncaster I noticed a client who went into the treatment room for microdermabrasion. Within 20 minutes she was already out the door. I could easily tell she was contented with the results if only she knew how to hide that wide grin on her face. The thing is that you can easily squeeze in a microdermabrasion treatment during your midday hour-long break. You’ll be in and out even before your colleagues would have finished their lunch.
Third, it works on all types of skin. I think I heard this from a dark-skinned friend who told me that she cannot seek microdermabrasion treatment since the procedure is only for fair-skinned folks. My beautician at the Doncaster clinic told me that the treatment works regardless of the colour and type of skin that you may have. As long as there are minor skin imperfections that are confined to the superficial layer of the skin, then this treatment should work like a charm. Of course, if you’re dark-skinned you cannot expect to become Snow White all of a sudden. It doesn’t work that way.
Fourth, the aluminium oxide crystals that are used in microdermabrasion treatments don’t not cause Alzheimer’s disease. This is something that I hear very often not only from some of my friends and colleagues, but also from other people I overhear talking in a restaurant, the bus, or even cafes. I’ve made my own readings on the topic after that Doncaster clinic visit to find out more about these substances. True enough, aluminium oxide is non-carcinogenic, non-toxic, and above all, doesn’t cause Alzheimer’s disease. I am really beginning to wonder where these people get their info.
Lastly, there is no such thing as aggressive microdermabrasion producing better results. There is this notion that if you take more aggressive microdermabrasion treatments, then the outcomes will be much better. You’ll also obtain the results you want much quicker. Unfortunately, as I am told, doing so might actually damage your skin which may require a more extensive treatment for its repair. Microdermabrasion works as it is. I was told that most folks get optimum results after only about 4 to 6 sessions.
Dispelling the myths about something can be quite tricky especially if the only proof I have at hand is the words shared by my favourite therapist. I knew it’s going to be an uphill climb. Guess what? I’ve decided to undergo microdermabrasion treatment myself to help demystify this procedure once and for all.