Microdermbrasion is an anti-aging treatment used to improve fine lines, wrinkles, photoaging, hyperpigmentation, acne, scars and stretchmarks. Microdermabrasion is a mild procedure which stimulates healthy epidermal tissue growth and improves the tone and elasticity of the skin. Because Microdermabrasion is a mild procedure, it is not advised for those who have heavily damaged skin which may be better suited to a more aggressive approach, eg. a laser or deep chemical peel. Those with heavily damaged skin most likely will not see the results they would like with Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion can be used on most skin types.
How Is Microdermabrasion Performed?
A device emits crystals onto the surface of the skin, causing a gentle abrasion of the skin to remove the outer layer of the skin. Microdermabrasion may be combined with a light chemical peel to enhance the effect of the Microdermabrasion treatment.
What to Expect During a Microdermabrasion Office Visit
Your face, or whatever body part is being treated, will be cleansed, and a degreaser may be applied. The clinician will cover your eyes, and the treatment will begin. Usually 2 passes are made to assure that the entire area has been treated. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes. A chemical peel may be done after the Microdermabrasion depending on the condition being treated. This will be discussed with you prior to the commencement of the treatment. Moisturizer and sunscreen will be applied.
After a Microdermabrasion Treatment
We will ask that you not use glycolics, hydroquinone or retinoids for 5 days. Cleanse gently and avoid hot water. Moisturize your skin twice a day and apply sunblock as needed.
Limitations of Microdermabrasion Treatments
Microdermabrasion is not recommended for those who have a history of excessive scarring, recent herpes outbreak, warts, active acne or active rosacea.
Multiple sessions of Microdermabrasion are required to obtain optimal results. The number varies from person to person and condition to condition. Microdermabrasion works best with a good home care routine.