Read This Before You Try A Microdermabrasion Treatment

If you're a beauty and skincare junkie — or want to become one — you've most likely heard of microdermabrasion. The term refers to a cosmetic treatment where a wand-like device is used to spray ultra-fine crystals onto the skin, removing the top layer (Medical News Today). In only 15 to 30 minutes, microdermabrasion can smooth and soften the skin and minimize the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and acne, among other skin conditions (via Very Well). It's a minimally invasive procedure that's not as painful as it sounds.

The cost of the treatment varies across the board, but the national average is $136, according to 2019 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). You can decide how many treatments you want to get, depending on your goals, but you should be able to see improvements even after one session. Despite the impressive results of microdermabrasion, a report by the ASPS revealed that there has been a decline in demand for this procedure. Why are people turning away from this once-popular skincare treatment?

The effects of microdermabrasion might not last

Microdermabrasion can leave you with smooth skin in a matter of minutes, but that effect might not last. According to Dr. Michele Shermak, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Baltimore, Maryland, the reason fewer people are opting for this treatment is that they want longer-term results (via Allure). "It's good for getting a short-term glow, but microdermabrasion is not terribly impactful over the long term," Dr. Shermak told Allure.

If you still decide to go with microdermabrasion, here's some advice. First, make sure to remove your makeup and go with a freshly clean face to the appointment. You should also stop using exfoliating masks or perform other facial procedures before the microdermabrasion (via Very Well). You might have some swelling and sensitivity after the treatment so stay away from facial products like acne creams and makeup for a day, as they might cause a slight feeling of burning. You should also use a moisturizer and sunscreen to protect your skin now that it's a bit more sensitive than usual (via Healthline). Despite being a minor treatment, microdermabrasion might not be for everyone so always consult with your doctor to see if this is the right procedure for you.