What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is an intense exfoliation process that rejuvenates the skin by utilizing ultra-fine crystals to remove the upper layer of the stratum corneum. A closed vacuum system delivers aluminum oxide crystals through a tube and hand piece creating a vacuum when the hand piece is against the skin. The particles flow begins when the hand piece is sealed against the skin: particles flow out of the accelerator impacting the skin and, combined skin debris, are suctioned back through the hand piece and tubing into the waste canister. The particle flow and suctioning stops once the seal is broken. This process exfoliates the skin, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin which will result in a firmer, more youthful looking skin over time. This simple, quick and convenient procedure has become very popular with patients showing the early signs of aging, sun exposure and other facial imperfections. Non-invasive and non-wounding to the skin’s surface, the procedure entails virtually little discomfort, down time or recovery. Patient typically experience some redness for about an hour after the procedure.
Q: Are there any contraindications for microdermabrasion?
A: It is up to each physician to determine what he or she considers to be a contraindication for microdermabrasion. However, the following situations are reported in the medical literature:
- Patients are asked to cease use of certain topical agents such as glycolic acids, alpha-hydroxy acids and Retin-A for a few days before microdermabrasion treatment.
- Patients who present with certain facial skin disorders may be advised not to pursue treatment, e.g. acne rosacea or even facial telangiectasia.
- If a patient experiences red streaking from the treatment because of over intense strokes or very sensitive skin, the patient should cease further treatments until the erythema has fully subsided.
- Patients with any signs of a sunburn should not be treated.
What are the uses of microdermabrasions?
Microdermabrasion buffs the skin of fine lines and discoloration while refining texture and hue and increasing the production of collagen and elastin. It may also be used for scars (from pregnancy, trauma, acne, chicken pox, or surgery scars) . Deep discoloration, melasma, and tattoos can be treated with microdermabraison as well.
What results can I expect?
Depending on the area treated, you will notice an improvement in your skin’s appearance after about the third treatment. Acne scars will be less obvious. Age spots and fine lines are greatly diminished and many patients report that their skin seems to be softer, smoother, and younger-looking. After your first treatment, your skin will have a fresh pink glow. Improvement continues throughout your treatment program.
What are microdermabrasion like?
During a microdermabrasinon treatment your skin is suctioned while crystals are passed over your skin resulting in a gentle scrubs like sensation which can be adjusted to your comfort level. This gentle abrasive technique efficiently produces satisfying results. Treatments are applied through a course of weekly sessions. Microdermabrasion can enhance skin condition and yield effect which surgery cannot achieve in combating the signs of aging skin. Most importantly, it is safe to use on all skin types and colors and can be used along with chemical peels, dermal fillers, botox and the Thermage procedure to achieve optimal skin rejuvenation. Our staff will help you chose which treatments will help you achieve the results that you desire.
How often can I get a microdermabrasion treatment?
Every 7 to 10 days for up to 12-15 treatments. Most patients see results after 3 treatments and may only need 6 treatments before going to monthly treatments. Monthly treatments are recommended to maintain best results.
How do medical microdermabrasions differ from spa or home microdermabrasion treatments?
The equipment used to perform medical microdermabrasions are much more powerful and effective than spa equipment or home treatments. Salon microdermabrasinons are do not penetrate the skin as deeply as medical microdermabrasions therefore yielding less effective treatments. Medical microdermabrasions can penetrate deeper than spa or home treatments if just a few treatments.
What’s the down time?
There is little or no down time. Your skin may appear pink for a day or two after the treatment.
How does microdermabrasion differ from other skin rejuvenation treatments?
Microdermabrasion treatments do not burn like chemical peels and last about 30 minutes. You may immediately return to your normal activities following the treatment. It can be used on all body areas. Microdermabrasion is can be used on the face , neck ,hands, arms, elbows, abdomen, chest, legs, knees, etc. It is beneficial for patients with darker skin types, This rejuvenation method is generally indicated for:
- Dull, oily, or leathery skin texture
- Contracting enlarged pores
- Exfoliating and suctioning clogged pores in acne cases
- Polishing and reducing fine lines
- Mild acne scarring
- Reduction of surgical or traumatic scars
- Mild pigment irregularities
- Enhancing penetration of therapeutic agents
- Stretch Marks