Microdermabrasion is an ideal treatment for those who have begun to notice some early signs of aging, or who want to give their face a “pick me up” but not necessarily a cosmetic injection. Things like stress and sun damage can all take a toll on the health of your skin. At Aesthetics Anti-Aging Center in Macon, GA, this treatment is one of the many ways we help our patients rediscover healthy-looking, rejuvenated skin.
Is Microdermabrasion Good for Your Face?
A Non-Invasive Solution
Microdermabrasion is a quick treatment option aimed at improving the laxity, smoothness, and overall health of your skin. It’s basically exfoliation taken up a notch. It’s non-wounding, non-invasive, and owes its effectiveness to your body’s collagen and elastin response. By encouraging collagen production in your face, the results over time should be skin that is firmer and smoother, with a healthy glow.
Since this treatment relies on deep exfoliation and your body’s production of natural proteins, it doesn’t involve the use of chemicals or fillers, although these products can be used along with it. It can support the overall health of your facial skin, but that’s not where its usefulness stops. This versatile treatment can be used on multiple areas of the body, so if you’re happy with your face results you can have it applied to other areas as well.
What Is It Good for?
Skin Damage From Sun Exposure
Skin that hasn’t been protected from sun exposure is more at risk for signs of sun damage. Sun damage can cause an uneven skin tone, clogged pores, blemishes, and increased problems with loose skin and wrinkles. It can also interfere with your skin cells replacing themselves, which can hasten the signs of aging. While sun damage can occur due to repeated summer sunburns, it can actually happen year-round and even through a window.
You can help protect your skin by using a daily sunscreen, but if you have already noticed signs of sun damage, we have the tools to help. This treatment can reduce the outward signs of sun damage, while also encouraging new skin cells to step in and kick-start your body’s skin renewal process. Sun damage doesn’t have to be a hopeless cause. This is a feasible step to help your skin deal with the effects of the sun.
Signs of Early Aging
Early signs of aging skin can sneak up unexpectantly. You may notice your skin is feeling less elastic than it used to or is looking more “tired” throughout the day, even when you’ve had plenty of rest. Some other early aging signs can be dry skin that is more easily irritated, sun spots, or the appearance of fine lines around the corners of your mouth, your eyes, or your forehead.
This treatment option can help reduce the appearance of some common signs of early aging. The best part is that it does so while building up the health of your skin at the same time.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
This exfoliation process is excellent at “buffing out” the fine lines that can appear across your face. By strengthening and firming the skin, it can continue to reduce the appearance of these wrinkles increasingly over time, and with repeated treatments.
Microdermabrasion helps your face maintain a healthy, youthful, natural glow. This treatment isn’t meant to redesign your face; rather it restores your face to a healthier and fuller appearance. It can achieve this without making your face look stiff in any way, or like you’ve had any work done.
Skin Laxity Issues
Skin laxity is another term for loose skin. It’s an aspect of aging that everyone has to go through. It is in part due to the loss of collagen throughout the face. Collagen is the foundation that makes up healthy skin. After you hit around 20 years old, collagen production continues to decrease yearly, which leaves the skin continuously thinner and weaker.
The decrease of elastin is also tied to skin laxity. As its name implies, this is a very elastic protein that helps keep our skin in place. It also gives our skin the elasticity to snap back into place when it’s pinched or pulled on. By encouraging your skin to produce more collagen and elastin, this treatment can help improve the loose skin of your face.
It Can Help With Skin Texture Troubles
If you are having trouble with the texture of your skin, you’re far from alone. There are so many ointments and creams on the market, all claiming to help fix skin troubles, but they aren’t always a good fit for everyone. If you’re struggling to clear up oily skin or struggling to soften tougher areas of skin, this treatment may be able to give your skin the boost it’s craving.
Helping to Correct Enlarged Pores
Speaking of oily skin, one of the side effects oily skin can have is enlarging the pores on your face. Decreased elasticity can also enlarge pores. Thankfully, this treatment can offer some relief from both of these issues. When your pores are smaller, it offers a clearer skin complexion. This high-quality exfoliation process can help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and can help prevent them from enlarging further.
It Can Also Reduce the Appearance of Scars
In the same way that it helps smooth over fine lines and wrinkles, this treatment can help smooth over the skin of the face, including some scars. One of the scar types it can help improve is acne scars. Not only do we have to deal with acne in our teenage years, but it also can leave its mark well into adulthood. Severe acne can leave scars and small pockets throughout the skin.
Facial scars can decrease confidence. It can make someone feel as though they need to hide their face behind multiple layers of foundation. We want to help our patients be more comfortable in their skin, so they can enjoy their face and let their natural beauty shine. This treatment can help with facial scars, but it can also help with other small scars across the body.
How Does the Process Work?
Exfoliation Powered by Crystals and Suction
Our handheld device delivers suction to your skin, as crystals are passed over the areas of the skin being treated. This gentle abrasion is what stimulates the skin and allows for the rebuilding of collagen and elastin. We are easily able to adjust the strength of this treatment, so you can be assured that it will remain within your comfort level.
Quick Treatment With Lasting Results
Have 30 minutes to spare? Because that’s generally all the time that’s needed for treatment to be done. Life is busy, and schedules are packed, making it a challenge to set aside time just for you. A treatment that is so quick poses minimal interference with your daily life. When treatment is done, you are left with more time to get back to anything you need or want to do for the rest of the day.
FAQ for Microdermabrasion
1. Can’t I Just Exfoliate at Home or at a Spa?
While at home or spa exfoliation can certainly have some benefits, medical microdermabrasion offers more efficient results. Our equipment is much more powerful than the equipment that is available elsewhere. More powerful equipment can offer a deeper level of penetration, which equates better results.
Rather than having to undergo more treatments that are less successful, having your treatment applied in a medical setting can offer consistent quality and more predictable results.
2. How Does It Feel?
How it feels can be described as a gentle scrubbing sensation. If you’ve been exfoliated before at a spa or on your own, you should be well prepared for the sensation of this treatment. Throughout the entire process, you will be able to tell us how you’re feeling. At any point, we can adjust the treatment so you stay comfortable from beginning to end.
3. Can It Be Used on Other Areas of the Body?
Yes, it can! This treatment can pretty much be applied to any part of your body with skin on it. In addition to facial care, it can help address other skin issues such as:
- The appearance of surgical scars
- Stretch marks
- Pigmentation irregularities
4. Are There Ways I Can Protect My Skin From Signs of Aging?
A healthy diet, reducing stress, and limiting unprotected sun exposure can all help support your skin health.
5. Is There Anything I Need to Do or Avoid Before Treatment?
This treatment is considered safe for any skin type. It can be used along with other treatments such as dermal fillers or chemical peels. In fact, it may help increase the effectiveness of certain therapeutic agents by encouraging a deeper penetration into the skin.
There are some kinds of creams or ointments that we may ask you to stop using for a few days before your treatment. If you have a sunburn on the area you’d like treated, you should probably wait to pursue treatment until that clears up.
6. How Often Should I Get Treatment to Maintain My Results?
Treatments are generally administered on a weekly basis until you start the see your results. Some patients are happy with their results after only three treatments, while others may want to receive weekly treatments for a bit longer until they get the results they were looking for. Weekly treatments can be continued for up to 12 to 15 treatments if desired.
After the weekly treatment period is done, a simple treatment once per month is ideal to help you maintain that youthful glow. We can work together with you to set up the right treatment schedule for your unique needs.
7. Am I a Good Candidate?
This treatment is a good fit for the majority of those who are interested in it, but if you have any concerns about whether or not this treatment is right for you, we would be happy to answer any of your questions during a consultation.
During your consultation, we can take a look at your skin health and any conditions that may affect treatment. This will help us work together with you to make sure you find the perfect fit when it comes to pursuing your skin goals.
Ready to Refresh Your Skin?
If you are ready to learn more about how this treatment can help your skin, contact Aesthetics Anti-Aging Center in Macon, GA, today for a consultation. Our team is passionate about providing quality care and has extensive qualifications to back that passion up. With a wide range of services offered, we look forward to helping you find the right fit to look and feel your best.