What Is Microdermabrasion?
Professional microdermabrasion is one of the best ways to exfoliate facial skin. The procedure is performed by aesthetic plastic surgeon in order to remove top layer of the sun damaged and dead skin cells. It has little effect on deep wrinkles and major scars, but removing the outer layer of skin may be effective way to refresh your skin and achieve healthier, younger and radiant appearance.
Who is a Good Candidate for Skin Resurfacing?
If you have one or more of these conditions you may be a good candidate for microdermabrasion:
- Light scarring
- Sun damage
- Acne scars
- Superficial wrinkles
- Large pores
- Age spots
- Some types of stretch marks.
How Should You Prepare for Microdermabrasion?
The initial consultation with your surgeon will require your complete medical history, so you will want to be prepared to provide the necessary information. You must be completely open and honest with your surgeon. If there is any medical problem, you will be referred to a specialist.
How Is Microdermabrasion Performed?
Microdermabrasion can be performed even in spa, med spa or cosmetic salon, but only in the hands of qualified and experienced professional, such as Skinologica physician, in supervised facility, the best results can be obtained. Skinologica physician will carefully consider the specific needs of your skin and often combine microdermabrasion with other procedures, such as chemical peels or targeted products to achieve best possible effects.
Microdermabrasion is the process of smoothing out the top layers of the skin with abrasive surface; similar to the effect of sand paper on surface that needs to be smoothening. It uses micro particles or diamond-tipped wand to remove the epidermis of the skin and stimulate new skin to grow. It helps thickening of collagen; a protein in the skin that makes it appear smooth and taut, but whose production declines with age resulting in looser, uneven skin.
There are two kinds of microdermabrasion treatments. One is performed with hand-held device that streams micro crystals across surface of the skin. Simultaneously, attached vacuum suctions those exfoliating crystals back into the machine, along with dead or loosened skin cells. Other, newer, approach is to use diamond-tip wand that gently moves across the skin and exfoliate it.
Each treatment will last about half an hour. There is no need for local or topical anesthetic.
You may feel mild scratching and notice some vibrating sensation that massages your skin. It may sound a bit unpleasant, but patients that have undergone the procedure describe it as painless and even enjoyable experience.
What Is Recovery Like After Microdermabrasion?
After the procedure your surgeon may recommend a special moisturizer or other facial product in order to enhance and prolong the results.
There is no recovery period or downtime.
What Are the Results of Microdermabrasion?
Depending on the severity of your skin damage and number of treatments you’ll receive, the resulting polished and healthier look should be relatively long lasting. Many people undergo two treatments per month at first and then one per month, as part of maintenance.
What Are Possible Risks of Microdermabrasion?
When the procedure is performed by a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon risks and complications are rare and usually minor. However, as with any procedure, there are some. Your surgeon will spend time discussing these with you during your scheduled consultation. Be sure to bring a list of questions or concerns with you. All patients are instructed to discuss the general procedure risks with their surgeon.
Discomforts caused by microdermabrasion treatment are mild and usually short. This can include some redness and swelling that should subside within a few hours. Later, your skin may be flunky and dry for several days.
Additional risks are bruising, that can occur from the suction and last for a few days, and your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. Therefore, you must use sunscreen, especially immediately after the treatment.