Your skin is exposed to environmental elements every day. Over the years, the sun’s rays, pollution, and other damaging agents can take a toll on your skin. This treatment can help reduce or eliminate the wrinkles and fine lines, “crow’s feet,” age spots, light acne scars, and undesired pigmentation that may appear on the skin over time.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin. It also encourages the production of a new underlying layer of skin cells with higher levels of collagen and elastin, which further improves your skin’s appearance.
Who is an Ideal Candidate?
Anyone with fine facial lines or wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, uneven pigmentation, clogged pores or skin texture problems are good candidates. Patients with rosacea or acne may also benefit from treatments. The gentle spray of micro-crystals can eliminate or improve skin imperfections and conditions by removing the upper layer of dead and damaged skin cells to reveal new, fresh skin.
The ideal candidates are healthy adults who have relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections and realistic expectations about what microdermabrasion can and cannot do. This treatment is a mild, non-invasive procedure that cannot remedy sagging skin or correct deep facial creases or folds.
Can Microdermabrasion be used for Acne?
Microdermabrasion can be used to treat acne and the scars that acne causes. Our treatments can eliminate or greatly reduce the appearance of lighter scarring. However, for deep acne scars (known as “pock marks” or “ice-pick acne scars”) it may not be able to provide desired results. Deeper scars can usually be effectively treated with micro-needling or an acne chemical peel. Patients with active acne may also benefit from these treatments, which exfoliate the skin and clear clogged pores of oil and dirt.
Risks and Benefits
Microdermabrasion is a safe, non-surgical, “lunch hour” procedure that provides many benefits. It reduces or eliminates fine facial lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. It improves the appearance of acne scars and other light scarring. It gives skin of all colors and types a fresh, healthy-looking glow. It does all this with virtually no side effects.
And because this treatment uses non-allergenic crystals to treat the skin, it is an excellent treatment for skin that is sensitive to chemicals. It does not present any serious risks when it is performed by our qualified providers. Some people may experience slight skin irritation after treatment. Since everyone’s skin and health history differ to some degree, microdermabrasion is considered on a case-by-case basis by our trained staff.
During the Procedure
During a treatment, our clinician directs a stream of tiny (“micro”) aluminum oxide crystals through a hand piece that is placed against the skin. These crystals exfoliate the skin, and the mild suction created by the microdermabrasion system removes the skin debris and crystals.
Microdermabrasion helps produce thicker, healthier skin layers. Multiple treatments are vital because they encourage the production of a new layer of skin cells that contains higher levels of collagen and elastin. Both of these components are essential for vibrant, healthy skin, and they will further improve your complexion and the overall appearance of your skin. Convenient and virtually painless, this procedure takes only 30 to 60 minutes and is commonly referred to as the “lunch hour facial.”
Is the Procedure Painful?
The microdermabrasion procedure exfoliates dead cells from the skin’s surface. While it is not painful, the treatment can cause a slight warming sensation as the abrasive microdermabrasion crystals gently slough away old and damaged layers of skin. Some patients have likened the experience to having a facial massage. After a treatment, the newly revealed layer of skin is usually more sensitive and requires extra protection from the sun. You should not feel uncomfortable, but you should be particularly careful about wearing sunscreens. Applying moisturizing creams to hydrate and calm the skin can also prevent any potential irritation.
Recovery and Results
Microdermabrasion is often called a “lunch hour” treatment because it’s a quick procedure that can be performed at a doctor’s office during your lunch hour with little or no discomfort. The treated skin may be pink after the treatment, but this will usually fade within a few hours. You can apply makeup soon after undergoing microdermabrasion to conceal any visible signs of the treatment.
The results can be seen almost immediately. Just one session can improve your skin’s color, tone, and health. After treatment, your face should have a fresh appearance and a smooth, soft texture. However, the microdermabrasion system is most effective when you receive multiple treatments at intervals of two to three weeks.
Is Microdermabrasion Safe?
Yes. One of the important benefits of microdermabrasion is its safety. It is a non-invasive procedure with minimal risks. When performed by our experienced aestheticians, this procedure can significantly enhance the complexion without affecting the deeper layers of the skin.