If you don’t know much about microdermabrasion, it can seem a little scary. After all, if someone asked if you wanted to have the top layer of your facial skin sandblasted off, you’d probably run away screaming. In reality, microdermabrasion is one of the gentlest, least traumatic skin procedures out there. In fact, it’s earned the nicknames “lunchtime facelift” and “lunchtime peel” because you get all the rejuvenating effects of more intensive treatments without the downtime. Here’s everything you’ll need to know about micro.

What in the World Is It?

Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment. We are always shedding skin cells to get rid of the gunk on the surface of our skin. The problem is that these dead skin cells stick around like zombies in an apocalypse movie, and there’s no infinity-scarf-wearing Brad Pitt to chase them off. They end up blocking your pores, trapping tons of toxins. Since Brad most likely isn’t available, microdermabrasion can help. It removes dead surface skin cells so your pores can go back to doing their jobs.

How You Get Your Micro On

The process of microdermabrasion may initially sound like a transcript of a home-improvement show. Don’t worry, though, a certified aesthetician handles the process…not Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. First, an aesthetician will wash your face to remove oil and dirt. Then, she’ll use medical-grade crystals to sand the surface of your face. The crystals knock old, dead skin cells out of place, and a handheld vacuum picks them up. After that, the aesthetician applies a little moisturizer and sunscreen, and you’re good to go.

Your Little Secret

Microdermabrasion is probably the most discreet dermo treatment you can get. The recovery time is nonexistent — you won’t have to pretend you went to the Bahamas when you were really recovering from a chemical peel — and the process is short enough to do over your lunch hour. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is a little redness for a half hour to one day afterwards. You also won’t be able to wear makeup the day of the treatment to give your skin a break.

Really, the only thing people around you will see is a younger-looking you, with fewer discolorations, fine wrinkles, acne scars, and sunspots. Your skin will look fresher and more radiant after just one hour.

Want to know more about microdermabrasion? Make an appointment with one of the skin specialists at Bella Vita.

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