There a quite a few procedures available for the treatment of hyperpigmentation, and if you’ve done a little research, microdermabrasion is one of the options you can try. Here is a rundown of what to expect if you are thinking about trying microdermabrasion for hyperpigmentation.
The roots of microdermabrasion can be traced back to egyptian times, where fine sand was used as an exfoliator. The process is based on the very same principle – that the top layer of dead skin cells is removed by “sanding” the surface of the skin.
Although at first it may not sound very appealing, people who undergo the treatment feel no discomfort or pain. Microdermabrasion for hyperpigmentation has become more popular in recent times due to it’s less invasive nature, compared to procedures such as laser treatment and chemical peels.
• How it works
A small hand held “wand like” instrument blasts minute aluminum oxide crystals across the skin. Within the same instrument is a vacuum that sucks up the dead skin cells and the crystals, which in turn is deposited in a disposable bag. The process should take no more than 30 minutes, with no visible after effects. The treatment has been nicknamed the “lunchtime peel” because of the short treatment time.
• How much does it cost?
Treatments range anywhere from between $70 and $150 per treatment. A course of treatments is normally recommended for the best results, a course being around 6 treatments in total. The treatments are usually carried out at 14 day intervals.
• Where can I get microdermabrasion?
As microdemabrasion has become increasingly popular, the number of places that will perform the procedure has increased accordingly. Health spas, beauty clinics and skincare outlets will now almost always provide the service. It’s always worth doing a little research and finding out who has a good reputation in your local area for carrying out microdermabrasion treatment, as in the wrong hands an overly aggressive treatment can cause pinpoint bleeding and discomfort.
• After care
During the course of the treatment it’s advisable to protect yourself from the sun, and wear a light sunscreen at all times.
• Microdermabrasion for hyperpigmentation – does it work?
For less severe pigment conditions, microdermabrasion for hyperpigmentation can have good results. The only drawback is the cost of treatments, and if your esthetician advises more than one course of treatment, the costs can start mounting up.
Due to the cost of treatments, home microdermabrasion kits have become popular, with reports of some achieving very good results.
If you are considering microdermabrasion for hyperpigmentation, I would advise good research to find a skin care professional with a good track record of this procedure.