Microdermabrasion is a popular cosmetic procedure that is used to rejuvenate and exfoliate the skin. While it can provide a range of benefits, including smoother, brighter, and more youthful-looking skin, there is also the potential for things to go wrong.
In this post, we will explore some of the potential risks and complications associated with microdermabrasion gone wrong, and what you can do to prevent and treat them.
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What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a special machine to exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin. The machine typically uses tiny crystals or a diamond tip to remove dead skin cells and stimulate collagen production.
The procedure can be performed on various parts of the body, including the face, neck, chest, and hands.
Risks and Complications of Microdermabrasion
While microdermabrasion is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced professional, there are some risks and complications that can occur, especially if the procedure is not performed correctly. Some of the most common risks and complications include:
- Skin irritation: Microdermabrasion can cause redness, swelling, and irritation of the skin, especially if the machine is set to a high intensity or if the skin is sensitive.
- Skin discoloration: In some cases, microdermabrasion can cause skin discoloration, especially if the skin is darker or if the procedure is performed too aggressively.
- Infection: There is a risk of infection associated with any cosmetic procedure, including microdermabrasion. If the equipment or environment is not properly sanitized, it can lead to infections.
- Scarring: In rare cases, microdermabrasion can lead to scarring, especially if the skin is already damaged or if the procedure is performed too aggressively.
Microdermabrasion Gone Wrong
Hannah, a 28-year-old woman from Belfast, had a bad experience with microdermabrasion, which resulted in blotchy, peeling skin and spots.
She feels embarrassed and unattractive and needs to use a lot of makeup to hide her skin’s condition.
Microdermabrasion involves using fine particles to sand-blast the skin, which can be risky if not performed by an experienced therapist.
Hannah’s face was left with extreme pigmentation after six microdermabrasion sessions.
Hannah can’t leave the house without covering her face in a thick layer of foundation due to the damage caused by the treatment.
The therapist intensified the treatments, causing the pigmentation to become more pronounced and noticeable even through makeup.
Microdermabrasion can agitate the cells that create pigment and the therapist’s approach was completely wrong.
Preventing and Treating Microdermabrasion Complications
To prevent complications and ensure the best possible results from your microdermabrasion treatment, it is essential to choose a qualified and experienced professional to perform the procedure. Additionally, it is important to:
- Avoid exposure to sunlight and wear sunscreen to protect the skin after the procedure.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals or exfoliants on the skin for several days after the treatment.
- Follow all aftercare instructions provided by your aesthetician or dermatologist.
If you experience any complications after your microdermabrasion treatment, it is important to seek medical attention right away.
Depending on the type and severity of the complication, treatment options may include:
- Topical creams or ointments to reduce inflammation and irritation.
- Antibiotics or other medications to treat infections.
- Laser therapy or other treatments to address scarring or other long-term complications.
Microdermabrasion can be a safe and effective way to rejuvenate and exfoliate the skin, but there is also the potential for complications if the procedure is not performed correctly.
To prevent and treat microdermabrasion complications, it is important to choose a qualified and experienced professional, follow all aftercare instructions, and seek medical attention if you experience any adverse effects. By taking these steps, you can ensure that your microdermabrasion treatment is as safe and effective as possible.
Rebecca is a licensed aesthetician and certified laser technician with almost 15 years experience in the dermatology. Her life-long passion is making people look good and happy.