You are currently viewing What is Microdermabrasion?

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure used to renew overall skin tone and texture. We can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, and other skin-related concerns and conditions.

During this procedure we use a special applicator with an abrasive surface to gently sand away the thick outer layer of the skin to rejuvenate it.

Who is microdermabrasion for?

Microdermabrasion is considered a safe procedure for most skin types and colors. People might choose to get the procedure if they have the following skin concerns:

  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • uneven pigmentation including age spots and brown spots
  • enlarged pores and blackheads
  • acne and acne scars
  • dull-looking skin complexion
  • uneven skin tone and texture
  • sun damage

How do I prepare for microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure. There is not very much you need to do to prepare for it.

We will discuss your skin concerns to find out if microdermabrasion is the right fit for you. Discuss any past cosmetic procedures and surgeries, as well as allergies and medical conditions.

You should avoid avoid sun exposure, tanning creams, and waxing for about a week before treatment. You should also stop exfoliating about 3 days prior to treatment.

Any side effects after microdermabrasion?

Common side effects of microdermabrasion include mild tenderness, swelling, and redness. These generally go away within a few hours after treatment.

You might be advised to use a moisturizer to minimize dry and flaky skin. Minor bruising may also occur. This is mostly caused by the suction process during the treatment.

How does microdermabrasion work?

The treatment can take from half an hour to about an hour.

During your appointment, the aesthetician will use a handheld device to gently sand away the outer layer of skin in the targeted areas. At the end of the treatment, a moisturizer as well as sunscreen will be applied to your skin.

There are a few different ways to do the procedure, based on the specific device used:

Diamond-tip handpiece

At Energi Medispa, we use a diamond-tipped handpiece that is designed to gently exfoliate dead cells in your skin. At the same time, it will suction them off immediately.

The depth of the abrasion may be affected by the pressure applied on the handpiece, the grit of the diamond tip as well as how many times we go over a certain area of the skin.


Hydradermabrasion is a newer method which combines a water based exfoliation to ‘pressure wash’ and  infuse beneficial ingredients into the skin. The process may stimulate collagen production and maximize blood flow to your skin.

Crystal microdermabrasion

Crystal microdermabrasion uses a handpiece to gently spray on fine crystals to rub away outer layers of the skin. Like the diamond-tip handpiece, dead skin cells are suctioned off right away. The different types of crystals that may be used include aluminum oxide and sodium bicarbonate. We do not perform this treatment at Energi Medispa as there may be a risk of crystals getting lodged under the skin. We believe that diamond microdermabrasion and hydradermabrasion are the safest options for our clients.

We treat clients from all over the Toronto area including Etobicoke, Mississauga, Oakville, North York, and even Oshawa.

Book an appointment today using the book button!

Leave a Reply