Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical, exfoliating treatment that can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, back, elbows, and feet.
Microdermabrasion is a safe, therapeutic approach to skincare when used alone or in combination with other treatments.
What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?
- Improve age spots and black heads
- Improve hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)
- Exfoliate your skin, resulting in a refreshed appearance
- Lessen the appearance of stretch marks
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduce pore visibility
- Treat acne and the scars left by acne
Microdermabrasion helps to thicken your collagen which results in a younger looking complexion. Collagen is a protein in your skin that’s abundant when you’re younger and makes skin appear taut and smooth, but as time goes on, our collagen levels decrease creating fine lines and wrinkles.
With microdermabrasion, your skin is restored to a more youthful appearance and best of all there is no down time! You may resume regular activities immediately. Just make sure you wear your sun protection!
What is treatment like?
Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer with little to no discomfort. The sensation is often described as feeling like a cat’s tongue. It takes about 30 minutes to treat the face and 20 minutes to treat the neck.
This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage and stretch marks.
How does my skin look immediately after treatment?
Microdermabrasion leaves your skin feeling soft and you will notice a healthy glow to your complexion. Due to the increase of circulation, a mild, temporary blush may be the only evidence of your treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
To achieve maximum results, several treatments are recommended, typically scheduled 1-3 weeks apart. You will experience a progressive improvement throughout this series of treatments. The results tend to be temporary. Patients who protect their skin from the sun and follow the recommended skin-care plan will maintain their results for a longer time. Yet, no matter what we do, our skin continues to age. Follow-up treatments are usually necessary to help retain smoother skin and a more radiant complexion.
What happens during microdermabrasion?
The provider uses a handheld device that gently removes the top layer of skin. You may feel a sanding sensation, but this is not painful. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to treat the entire face and about 20 minutes to treat the neck.
After the treatment, a moisturizer or moisturizing masque is applied.
Does microdermabrasion hurt?
Microdermabrasion is not a painful treatment. It is very akin to the feeling of a cat’s tongue licking your skin.
What will I need to do after microdermabrasion?
While it is an effective exfoliation treatment, it is not so deep of a treatment that there is any downtime. You can continue to use your regular products after having this treatment.
Can I wear makeup after the treatment?
We recommend using one of our rejuvenating vitamin serums to achieve the best possible outcome.
You are able to apply makeup after the treatment if you must. It’s best to use only products that you’d like to penetrate your skin immediately after.
Is there downtime?
You will not have downtime or a recovery period. Some patients’ skin turns pink or red. The skin can swell a bit. These side effects are similar to having a sunburn or windburn for a day or two.
When will I see results from microdermabrasion?
Most patients need a series of treatments to see results. To treat signs of aging, a provider may treat a patient weekly, every two weeks, or monthly. Most patients receive between 5 and 16 treatments.
After a series of treatments, patients usually say they have smoother skin and a more-radiant complexion.
How long will the results last?
The results tend to be temporary. Patients who protect their skin from the sun and follow the recommended skincare plan will maintain their results for a longer time. Yet, no matter what we do, our skin continues to age. Follow-up treatments are usually necessary to help retain.
What are the possible side effects?
After microdermabrasion, your treated skin may be pink or red and slightly swollen. This tends to disappear within a day.
If your skin tends to develop dark spots after acne clears or a skin injury heals, you may have a greater risk of developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Let your provider know of this history so they can best determine your treatment plan.
When can I safely get another treatment?
Microdermabrasion treats only the top layer of the skin, so the skin recovers quickly. Most people can safely have another treatment a week later. Some patients, however, need several weeks to recover.
What is the safety record for microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a very safe treatment when performed by a licensed professional. There are very few safety concerns when it comes to the treatment, in general.
Who should avoid Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is not recommended for people who have deep scars, active keloids, undiagnosed lesions, a recent herpes outbreak, warts on the face, skin cancer, active acne (stages 3 and 4), sunburns or active rosacea, eczema, an auto-immune system disorder, or unstable diabetes. Pregnant women should not undergo microdermabrasion. Individuals with deep scars, facial creases, or other moderate-to-severe skin defects should consider a stronger treatment such as a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing.
How does the treatment feel?
Microdermabrasion does not require anesthesia, although it may be mildly uncomfortable. Tightness and heat are common effects and quickly fade. The feeling is often compared to a cats’ tongue licking your face.
What are the limitations of Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is designed for minor imperfections and general improvement. Those with very large or dark spots, moderate to deep wrinkles and serious scars should seek an alternative treatment.