Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that uses very fine particals to gently exfoliate a superficial layer of dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new collagen to restore a more youthful you. Collagen is a protein in the skin which makes the skin appear taut and smooth. Collagen production declines with age, resulting in looser, uneven skin.
Microdermabrasion works on all skin types and colors. The treatment makes subtle changes to the skin, causing no color change or scarring. It is used to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage, and can be used to lessen the appearance of stretch marks, among other conditions. The technique also helps to thicken collagen, which results in a younger looking complexion.
How Does It Work?
Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals under a vacuum to slough off the top layer of skin and stimulate new skin growth, which greatly enhances your look by reducing or eliminating age spots, whiteheads and blackheads, and hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin). After a microdermabrasion exfoliation, your skin will have a refreshed appearance; fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores will be reduced or even eliminated.
The microdermabrasion instruments or handpieces that physicians use deliver a jet of fine mineral crystals, creating gentle skin exfoliation. The professional handpieces have independent adjustments which provide the operator with superior control of both the crystal flow and the vacuum. The treatment works best on problems such as dull skin, brown spots, and age spots.
Microdermabrasion, however, is not effective for deeper problems such as scars, wrinkles, or deep acne scars. It is not Dermabrasion, which is the much more aggressive removal of outer skin layers with a much greater risk of complications. With microdermabrasion, there is less recovery time than with dermabrasion. Skin is temporarily pink but fully recovers within 24 hours. It doesn’t require surgery or anesthetics. This may help people who cannot take “down time” for healing.
How Long Does Microdermabrasion Take?
Each treatment takes about one-half hour. Many people have a series of microdermabrasion treatments on a monthly basis, and then one every few months as part of a maintenance plan.
Does Microdermabrasion Hurt?
You may feel a mild scratching as the procedure removes the superficial skin cells. Additionally, you’ll notice a vibrating sensation akin to a massage. There is also a suction mechanism to lift off the dead skin. After your treatment, we will recommend a moisturizer and sunscreen to enhance and prolong your result. Avoid sun exposure for a few days immediately after the procedure since your skin will be more sensitive to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Any discomfort experienced as part of microdermabrasion is usually short-lived. The skin can sometimes be flaky and dry for several days, thus the need for a quality moisturizer.
Your polished new look should be long-lasting, depending on the severity of your skin damage and the number of treatments that you receive.
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