Microdermabrasion – Risks and Side Effects. Are there Any?

There is nothing in this world that comes without a risk associated to it. Though Microdermabrasion is considered as one of the safest treatments for acne scars, there may be some risk that it may pose under a few particular circumstances.

  • If you are concerned about microdermabrasion risks and side effects, you must read this. Microdermabrasion is a very popular skin resurfacing technique that doesn’t require surgery, but even though the procedure isn't invasive, anyone younger than 14 years age or pregnant women should avoid it. Microdermabrasion side effects can be more pronounced because of the changing hormones.

  • Acne sufferers, in particular, need to learn about the possible risks. If you have been on Accutane, you should wait 3-6 months before having this or any other type of skin resurfacing technique. The reason is that this medication increases your skin sensitivity.

  • It is also recommended that you go for this treatment only for light acne scars. If you have moderate to severe acne, including weeping acne, eczema, lupus, diabetes, psoriasis, active rosacea, auto-immune disorders, undiagnosed lesions, dermatitis or keratosis.

  • Unfortunately, microdermabrasion won't have any effect on warts or active herpes lesions.

A Word of Advice

You may wonder if you're a suitable candidate for microdermabrasion. At CoLaz, we have treated many patients in our salon with successful results.

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We have found that the best candidates are usually clients who have sun damaged, blotchy or acne-prone skin. If you have milia, fine scars, sebaceous hyperplasia, rhytides or enlarged pores, you may consider microdermabrasion.

Other more serious, but very rare microdermabrasion risks include:

  • Possible skin infections or hyperpigmentation from a machine that hasn't been properly sterilized.
  • Respiratory problems from ingesting an extremely high volume of aluminum oxide crystals used in the machines.

Fortunately, the abrasive crystals are not toxic, and we have never witnessed seen anyone suffer any of the above side effects.

Some of our clients do experience slight redness, flaking, or temporary discoloration of their skin as well as increased sun sensitivity, but these are the usual and perfectly safe microdermabrasion side-effects on dry skin.

However, these do not last long.

Microdermabrasion is a gentle procedure that is considered very safe; it removes only a fine top layer of skin containing dead skin cells.

Now that you know the most common risks and side effects, you can decide whether the procedure is right for you!

If you wish to get free professional advice from an expert, you can book a FREE consultation with CoLaz.

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