Are you sick and tired of the daily skincare routine that promises you a beautiful glowing skin within two weeks and not seeing any good results? Cannot even decide what type of skin treatment to choose? Do not worry, you are not alone!
Many skin clinics in Singapore offer a wide range of skin treatments, but a majority of women are still clueless on what should be the best treatment for them. Of course, safety is our utmost priority, so it is recommended to do your research before engaging in any treatment.
Have you heard of Microdermabrasion?
Not yet? Then it is time for you to read this article because this just might be the best skin treatment for you!
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that exfoliates the skin. It works to remove the layer of dead skin cells and dry skin. Microdermabrasion uses a high-pressured stream of fine crystals or diamond tips that can polish the skin and suck away the dead skin cells.
This treatment is considered safer as compared to other treatments like lasers, injectables, and chemical peels. It is painless, with no disruption or penetration on the skin’s surface. Microdermabrasion home kits are common nowadays, but it is best that you only get this type of treatment from cosmetic doctors for safety standards.
Microdermabrasion can treat the following skin problems:
- Acne and acne scars
- Uneven skin tones
- Enlarge pores and blackheads
- Sun damage
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Deep-seated impurities such as sebum and comedones
What are the benefits of Microdermabrasion?
According to Dr Edwin Lim at Edwin Lim Medical Aesthetic Clinic, the procedure comes with the following perks:
- It smoothens your skin.
- Gives your skin a brighter complexion
- Safe and cost-effective
- Reduced appearance of dark spots
- No extractions or injections
- Helps stimulate collagen growth
- Shrink enlarged pores and blackheads
What Types of Microdermabrasion are there?
Microdermabrasion in Singapore has two methods:
- Crystal Microdermabrasion
- Diamond Microdermabrasion
The crystal method uses a hand-held glass device (wand) that removes dead skin cells by spraying tiny crystals onto the skin and employs a vacuum to suck the dead skin and the used crystals.
The diamond method uses a diamond-tipped hand-held device (wand) that resurfaces the skin combined with the vacuum that sucks the exfoliated dead skin cells.
The crystal method costs way less compared to the diamond method. However, the diamond method is more precise in exfoliating, especially on the part of the skin where the crystal method cannot reach. Both crystal and diamond microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin and stimulates collagen production to get smooth and younger-looking skin.
What to expect during a procedure of Microdermabrasion?
First and most important, consult your doctor. He or she will help you determine what treatment is best for you. Your skin will be assessed to see if you are a good candidate for microdermabrasion. Also, you need to tell your doctor of your present medical conditions and medications that you are currently taking that might cause issues with the treatment.
The microdermabrasion treatment may take 30 minutes to an hour. There is no need for anaesthesia or numbing cream before the procedure. Just make sure to remove your make up and clean your face. Though this treatment is painless, you may feel a pinching sensation on your skin during the procedure. Also, the vacuum on the device will suck all the used crystals and dead skin (for crystal microdermabrasion), which may cause you discomfort. But you have nothing to worry about as your doctor will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure.
What results can I expect?
You will instantly see the results after the treatment. Here is some list on what to expect after the procedure:
- Complexion is brighter
- Pores are refined and tightened
- Skin texture was improved
- Acne and acne scars reduced
- Visibly radiant and glowing skin
- Smoother skin
- Pigmentation and age spots reduced
Is there a recovery period?
Microdermabrasion does not require recovery time or downtime. There will be redness on your skin and there may be a bit of swelling, but you can be able to go back to your everyday activity after the treatment. You may also apply moisturizer or makeup right after the procedure.
How many sessions are needed to achieve the desired skin?
This would depend on the goal that you are set to achieve. It may take several sessions before reaching optimum results. Your doctor might need to treat you bi-weekly or monthly. A series of 5 to 10 treatments with two weeks interval is commonly required to achieve the best results. Your skin type and how it responds to the treatment will be considered in counting the number of sessions.
How much does it cost in Singapore?
Generally, treatment of microdermabrasion costs $80 up to $250. But there are factors we need to consider like:
- The extent of the skin’s damage
- Size of the treatment area
- Combination of other skin treatments
- Skin type
- Number of sessions
- Clinic or specialist
Is it safe to do microdermabrasion at home?
Microdermabrasion kits are available in the market. Yes, you can do it at home. However, to avoid irritations and complications, you have to consult your doctor first and have your skin undergo an assessment to confirm if microdermabrasion is suitable for your skin type. Expect as well that the kit is not as efficient compared to the ones they use at the clinic. If not used well, it can irritate or damage your skin.
Choosing the right doctor to do your microdermabrasion treatment
These are some factors to consider in choosing the doctor for your microdermabrasion treatment:
- Professional work ethics
- License, training, and certifications
- Cleanliness of their clinic
- Proofs of their work
You need to make sure your doctor is qualified. Do your research and seek recommendations as well. Your desired skin result will also depend on your doctor’s expertise.