What is Microdermabrasion?
Every day, your skin is exposed to the environment and the elements. Over the year, the sun’s rays, pollution, and other damaging agents will inevitably take their toll. Microdermabrasion resolves this issue by removing the damaged layer to reveal younger, healthier looking skin.
How Does It Work?
Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a fine spray of microcrystals to abrade the outer layer of dry, dead skin cells. This procedure is much more gentle than dermabrasion, which is used to treat deep facial lines, scars, and sun damage.
What Can Microdermabrasion Fix?
Microdermabrasion has many uses. It improves the appearance of the skin not only by removing the outermost layer, but by encouraging the production of a new underlying layer of skin cells with a higher level of collagen and elastin (the proteins that make your skin appear taut and smooth). The procedure can also help eliminate:
- Wrinkles and lines
- Crow’s feet
- Age spots
- Light acne scars and blackheads
- Undesired hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)
- Stretch marks
- Enlarged pores
Am I a Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion?
Ideal candidates for microdermabrasion are healthy adults with relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections. It is also important that prospective patients understand that this mild, non-invasive procedure cannot correct deep facial creases and folds, significant scarring, or significant sun damage. Such issues can, however, be addressed with other procedures.
Patients experiencing legions, Stage 3 or 4 acne, unstable diabetes, or pregnancy should not pursue microdermabrasion.
Is Microdermabrasion Painful?
No. Microdermabrasion is a gentle procedure which uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin. Most patients describe the treatment as having a “warming” or “tingling effect”, or liken it to having a massage.