What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion can improve:
- Oily or dull skin
- Collagen production
- skin rejuvenation
- improvement in tone, texture and color of skin
- Enlarged pores
- Clogged pores
- Fine lines
- Mild acne scars
- Mild complexion problems (such as uneven pigmentation or poor skin texture)
- Enhanced circulation and lymph flow, which promote the internal health of the skin.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical skin resurfacing procedure which can create fresher, healthier-looking skin while also stimulating the production of new skin cells. Microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, blemishes, age
spots, acne scars, and sun damage by gently abrading the top layers of skin.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for microdermabrasion?
If you are physically healthy, realistic in your expectations, and seeking an improvement in blemished or wrinkled skin, you may be a good candidate for microdermabrasion. The procedure may not be appropriate for patients with active Rosacea, active acne, eczema, dermatitis, recent herpes outbreaks, auto-immune disorders, unstable diabetes, or other skin conditions.
Why have a consultation for microdermabrasion?
During your consultation for microdermabrasion, the practitioner will talk to you about your goals and what you dislike about your skin. A thorough medical history will be taken and your treatment areas will be examined. All aspects of the procedure will be explained including the technique, the facility, the risks and the associated costs. Photographs may also be taken of your treatment areas.
How is a microdermabrasion procedure performed?
During the microdermabrasion procedure, a device will be passed over the skin which emits tiny crystals onto the skin’s surface. This gently abrades the skin and removes the damaged outer layer. Toner, moisturizer and/or sunscreen may be applied to the treatment area once the procedure is complete.
How long does the treatment last for microdermabrasion?
The treatment typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. Patients should see improvements in their complexion after a single treatment, but lasting results are only achieved through a series of sessions performed over the course of several weeks.
What type of results can I expect following treatment?
The results of microdermabrasion can be seen almost immediately. Just one microdermabrasion session can improve the skin’s color, tone, and health. After treatment, the face should have a fresh appearance and a smooth, soft texture. However, the microdermabrasion system is most effective when a patient receives multiple treatments at intervals of two to three weeks.
How much pain can I expect from my microdermabrasion?
There is generally little pain associated with the microdermabrasion procedure. Patients may experience sensations similar to slight windburn along with minor stinging around the eye area. For the first day after treatment, the skin may feel somewhat warm.
What should I expect of the recovery after my microdermabrasion procedure?
There are few side effects associated with microdermabrasion. Some redness of the skin may occur for several hours after treatment, and the skin may feel hot or flushed for about a day. There may be some peeling.
Should I plan to take time off from work after my microdermabrasion procedure?
Known as the “lunch time” procedure, normal activities, including work, can usually be resumed immediately after the microdermabrasion procedure. However, sun exposure will need to be avoided for about a week and always wear sunscreen
Should microdermabrasion only be performed by a physician?
Not necessarily. Microdermabrasion can be safely performed by a trained aesthetician or registered nurse as well as by a cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon. However, a physician is more likely to diagnose and care for any skin problems that could be negatively affected by microdermabrasion.
Will microdermabrasion eliminate acne scars?
Microdermabrasion can improve minor acne scars, but it is not intended to completely eliminate deeper scars or keloids caused by severe acne. Treatment is available to improve these types of scarring, and one of the best methods is the acne chemical peel.
What are the side effects associated with microdermabrasion?
Normal side effects associated with microdermabrasion are increased skin sensitivity and risk of sunburn. However, these side effects are usually mild and brief. Microdermabrasion risks are minimal, but problems such as infection can occur if the treatment is not properly performed on skin with breakout activity.