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How to Prepare for a Session of Microdermabrasion

How to Prepare for a Session of Microdermabrasion

Have a microdermabrasion session scheduled but wondering what comes next? Read the following article on how to prepare for a session of microdermabrasion to make the session go as smoothly as possible...
Sheetal Mandora
As nature has its own slow yet certain course, the supple skin in our tender teen years isn't faithful to us later in life. Fine lines, wrinkles, an uneven skin tone, stretch marks, and blemishes find a convenient way to appear on our faces and body. But these realities of life haven't stopped us from wanting a younger looking skin, has it? Humans have found countless ways to reverse the hands of time; even if it is for a little while. Now I am not here to give you the pros and cons of going under the knife or choosing a particular cosmetic surgery. What we are more concerned about is a cosmetic technique that helps in removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of our skin. The process is called microdermabrasion and it mechanically exfoliates our skin from the outside. Simultaneously, the dead skin cells are also being sucked out by a special machine.

A trained professional, who has experience in skin care performs this non-invasion procedure. What actually is happening is that the outer layer of your skin opens up which helps in cell division. In the end, what this process does is help your skin produce collagen naturally. After a certain age, our skin's collagen producing ability slows down, which inversely shows on our skin. Now if you don't know what microdermabrasion is, you can go ahead and read the article on what is microdermabrasion. And if you are planning to go for a session and aren't aware or are scared or confused as to what you are supposed to do before the session begins, keep reading the rest of the article.

Preparing for Microdermabrasion

Many individuals, who haven't gotten microdermabrasion before, often wonder if there are certain things they need to take care of before going in for the session. If you are one of those individuals and have scheduled a session for yourself, perhaps you want to know how to prepare for a session of microdermabrasion. In order to correct some minor imperfections on your skin, here's what you need to do before going to the session.
  • First and foremost, you will be asked to come in for a consultation with the doctor. Here, you will be given information on what microdermabrasion is, how it works, what are its benefits and risks, and other essential info you, as a patient, need to know. You will also be given an opportunity to clear out any doubts or concerns about the procedure.
  • Always be honest about the information shared with your doctor about which medication and skin care products you use. Your medical history also plays an important role in deciding whether or not you can get this procedure. Although this should not pose as an issue, having complete details about the patient is necessary.
  • You will be asked to stop any and all exfoliating beauty products in order to prepare for microdermabrasion. Basically, microdermabrasion should not be mixed with any other exfoliating treatment methods. If you do feel like cleansing your face, you can use lukewarm water. This helps in opening the pores on your face.
  • If you are taking any medication, ask your doctor as to how far along should you stop taking them. There are certain medication that can alter the outcome of the procedure.
  • For people who smoke, here's a little bad news. You will have to stop smoking for sometime in order to prepare yourself and your skin for the procedure. Microdermabrasion helps improve proper blood circulation in your skin and smoking can suppress that.
  • If you have planned on doing the treatment at home with a home microdermabrasion kit, be sure to research various brands. Consult a dermatologist or ask a friend who has done it before. You don't want to take any chances with this treatment and have to be very thorough in your research.
  • The entire process is simple and painless. You will be asked not to put any make up for at least 12 hours and no peeling products for at least 4 days after the procedure. You also have to stay out of the sun for as long as you can before the session. If you get a sunburn, your session will be postponed to a later date. So be sure to gather all this information from your doctor during the consultation.
Once the microdermabrasion treatment procedure is finished, do not forget to ask your doctor about the aftercare. There are certain guidelines which have to be followed to make sure the results of the treatment are positive.