Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive, skin resurfacing procedure that gently exfoliates or polishes away the top layer of dead skin cells, while stimulating collagen growth, to reveal healthy new skin that looks and feels smoother. Fine lines, blemishes, dull skin and sun spots can be improved, especially with regular treatments.

Considerations

Pros
– Immediate result with no downtime, pain, or side effects
– Improved look of scars, wrinkles, and skin spots
– Effective for all skin types and colors

Cons
– Cannot help serious skin conditions such as deep acne, active rosacea, eczema or dermatitis
– Requires multiple sessions and maintenance treatments for maximum effectiveness
– Skin may feel sensitive and be sensitive to the sun immediately after treatment


Am I a good candidate for microdermabrasion?

There are virtually no skin type limitations for microdermabrasion. The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider this procedure:
– You want to brighten your skin and have a healthy glow
– You have sun damage, acne scars, or fine lines
– Your pores are clogged and you often have blackheads and/or whiteheads
– You want to maintain healthy, clear skin

About Your Procedure
How is a microdermabrasion procedure performed?

There are two general methods for microdermabrasion:
Crystal Microdermabrasion
For this type of microdermabrasion, a handpiece emits crystals onto the surface of the skin, resulting in a gentle abrasion or “polishing” process. Then the dead skin cells along with the crystals are suctioned off either instantaneously (in the same handpiece) or in a secondary process.

Diamond-Tip Microdermabrasion
This type of microdermabrasion works with a diamond-tip handpiece that gently abrades and exfoliates dead skin cells. Like the crystal microdermabrasion, the dead skin is either suctioned off right away in the same handpiece or in a secondary process. The diamond-tip microdermabrasion is safer to perform closer to the eyes and has more flexibility in sensitive areas or on more sensitive skin.

Microdermabrasion may be combined with a light chemical peel to increase the effect. Immediately after your treatments, a moisturizer with SPF will be applied to hydrate and protect your skin.


Preparing For Your Procedure


How do I prepare for a microdermabrasion procedure?

They may ask you about the following:

– Open sores, wounds, or cuts on your face that can lead to infection
– Medication that makes your skin sensitive such as Retin-A (tretinoin)
– Any skin conditions that may be exacerbated by microdermabrasion

In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:
– Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing
– Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding
– Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery

On the day of your procedure, it is helpful to have a clean face without too much makeup or products.

Aftercare And Recovery

Some of the major benefits of microdermabrasion are that there are minimal side effects and downtime. The suction and exfoliation might cause some mild swelling and redness on your skin, depending on your sensitivity. After applying a moisturizer with SPF, your skin should soon normalize. Makeup can be applied and you may return to your normal daily activity.

As with most noninvasive procedures, it is recommended that you wait twenty-four hours before doing extremely strenuous exercise. It is always recommended that you wear sunscreen outside to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

How Long Will My Results Last?

You will notice a healthy glow for a few days following microdermabrasion, but the best results can be seen after repeated treatments. The number of treatments recommended for maximal results can range from five to twelve, spaced two to four weeks apart. Maintenance of results requires periodic repeat treatments after the initial regimen is completed.

Limitations And Risks

Fortunately, there are very few risks associated with microdermabrasion. If you have any of the preexisting skin or medical conditions that may put you at risk for infection or negative results, then you should notify the plastic surgeon or skin professional performing this procedure.