Microdermabrasion is a popular skin rejuvenation treatment that addresses a variety of issues. By gently exfoliating the outer layers of skin, microdermabrasion leaves you with healthier and younger-looking skin. Microdermabrasion can be combined with other cosmetic skin procedures such as chemical peels or laser therapy to enhance the results.
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What It Treats
Microdermabrasion can treat the following skin conditions:
- Fine lines
- Scars (including acne scars)
- Sun damage
- Rough skin texture
- Enlarged pores
- Poor skin circulation
Microdermabrasion is safe for all skin types. Individuals who desire skin rejuvenation but who are not candidates for surgery or other treatments can safely receive microdermabrasion treatment. This treatment is especially suitable for darker skinned patients who may be at risk of skin discoloration with other skin rejuvenation treatments.
How It Works
Microdermabrasion is performed in-office with no need for anesthesia. The treatment works by exfoliating the outer skin layer to reveal the healthier, newer skin beneath. Your dermatologist will hold a handheld device to the target area. This device transmits a stream of tiny crystal particles across the skin, which scrape away the surface layer. Then a vacuum tool suctions it away so that the healthier underlying skin layer remains.
Recovery and Results
The treated skin may have some temporary redness for approximately one hour after treatment; otherwise, you can return to your daily activities immediately afterward. It is best to avoid or minimize sun exposure for several days following treatment. For most patients, a series of treatments may be recommended for optimal results. On average, 5 to 10 treatment sessions spaced 1 to 2 weeks apart will yield noticeably more youthful skin. The results are typically long-lasting and can be prolonged with maintenance treatments.