Microdermabrasion

micro_picWhat is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals and a controlled vacuum to exfoliate skin. After the procedure, the skin’s texture is improved and feels softer.  It often improves imperfections such as wrinkles and acne scars.


How does the treatment work?

The skin is first cleansed to remove excess oil and dirt.  A medical professional then targets a stream of aluminum oxide crystals over the area. These crystals abrade away old, dead skin cells and these are removed with the vacuum using gentle suction. This promotes the formation of new collagen and rejuvenates the skin. Chemical peels may often be combined with microdermabrasion for enhanced results.  The application of moisturizers and sun block follow the procedure.

How many treatments are required?

Optimal results are seen when microdermabrasion is performed as a series over several weeks. Discuss the optimum schedule of recommended treatments with your medical professional depending upon your treatment goals.

Is Microdermabrasion safe?

Microdermabrasion is a common procedure and extremely safe.  Medical grade microdermabrasion gives the best results and you should always provide your full medical history.  Also be sure to follow any post-treatment instructions

Are there any possible side effects?

Some temporary redness and discomfort similar to a sunburn are common following treatment. Skin conditions such as acne, may appear worse for a brief time.  Occasionally your skin may appear temporarily darker or lighter.


Will there be any downtime?

An advantage of Microdermabrasion is there is no downtime. You may resume a normal routine and apply cosmetics immediately following your treatment.

What are the results?

Your skin will feel softer and look younger. Fine wrinkles will improve over time due to the growth of new collagen. Brown spots or discoloration, uneven skin tone, acne and acne scars are improved with the exfoliation.

How soon will results appear?

You will be able to notice an immediate improvement however results will be more marked with multiple treatments. The degree of improvement can vary depending on your individual skin quality and the condition being treated.

Who should avoid Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion should not be performed on someone with a recent viral infection, such as cold sores and shingles,  Treatment with an anti-viral medication is recommended prior to the procedure in this instance.  Other conditions for which microdermabrasion is not recommended include eczema, recent sunburns or rosacea, those with auto-immune disorders, poor healing or excessive scarring such as keloid formation and those with a history of diabetes. It is also not recommended with recent laser surgery in the treated area or recent Accutane use.

How does the treatment feel?

Microdermabrasion may cause mild discomfort but does not require anesthesia. A feeling of tightness and heat are common effects and quickly fade.

What are the limitations of Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion works best for minor imperfections and overall skin improvement. Those with very large or dark spots, moderate to deep wrinkles and serious scars should seek an alternative treatment.

Instructions for before treatment:

You should not use Retin-A® or retinoid containing products, tanning creams or get a sun tan for at least a week prior to your  treatment.  While chemical peels may be performed in conjunction with microdermabrasion, do not have one before treatment.

Instructions for after treatment:

Moisturizers and sun block will be applied immediately after your treatment. You may use anti-inflammatory creams or cold compresses if necessary.  Do not irritate the treated skin with harsh chemicals or expose to the sun for one week.   It is important that you follow a good skin care regimen after the procedure with use of moisturizers and sun screens as well.  You should contact your doctor immediately for any rare effects such as blistering, scabbing or infection.

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