Crystal microdermabrasion is one of three methods used in professional microdermabrasion treatments. This technique uses a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin with a highly concentrated stream of crystals, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer and revealing a more glowing complexion.
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About the Procedure
Crystal microdermabrasion involves a hand-held device that streams tiny crystals across the skin. Other forms of microdermabrasion may use a diamond tipped tool to gently dremel away microscopically uneven layers of skin. During hydradermabrasion, a highly concentrated stream of water also achieves the same exfoliating effects of crystal microdermabrasion without the worry of potential debris irritating delicate areas around the mouth or eyes. However, this is not a particularly common occurrence since an attached vacuum simultaneously suctions those exfoliating crystals back into the machine, along with the dead or loosened skin. Eyewear may also be worn to protect sensitive areas. Each treatment will last about a half hour. You may feel a mild scratching as the procedure removes the superficial skin cells. Additionally, you'll notice a vibrating sensation akin to a massage.
The goal of a crystal microdermabrasion procedure is to revitalize the skin and encourage healthy and clear skin. Poor skin texture and minor scars can also be reduced with crystal microdermabrasion.
What to Expect
Crystal microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin by spraying a highly concentrated stream of crystals to remove the uneven outer layer of skin. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after crystal microdermabrasion.
- Do not use Retin-A or other exfoliating creams for 1-3 days
- Avoid tanning and waxing for 1 week before
- No chemical peels or dermal injections for 2-3 weeks prior
- Topical numbing cream may be applied
- Hand-held device streams tiny crystals across the skin to exfoliate the face
- A suction mechanism lifts off the exfoliated skin
There is no recovery time associated with a crystal microdermabrasion treatment. Redness or swelling will subside within a few hours and your skin may be dry or flakey for a few days. It is recommended to have a microdermabrasion treatment a few days in advance of an event to ensure skin has an adequate amount of time to heal.
Ideal candidates for crystal microdermabrasion are experiencing skin texture problems or have minor scars and want a minimally invasive solution to improve their facial skin.
Not Recommended For
Crystal microdermabrasion is not recommended for candidates with active rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, sunburn, herpes, lupus, open sores, psoriasis, fragile capillaries or widespread acne. Microdermabrasion could exacerbate these skin conditions.
Side effects from crystal microdermabrasion may include bruising which may last several days as well as skin sensitivity.