Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure in which the specialist uses microcrystals to exfoliate the patient’s skin. The microcrystals remove the topmost layer of old, dead skin cells and reveal the healthy, new skin underneath. They also stimulate the growth of new skin cells, elastin and collagen.
What is Microdermabrasion Used to Treat?
This procedure can be used to treat wrinkles and fine lines. It can also treat “crow’s feet,” light acne scars, age spots and discoloration, like that caused by rosacea. Although this procedure is most often used on the face, it can also be used on the neck, hands, back and chest.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
The specialist places a special device against the patient’s skin that emits microcrystals. The device also has a suction element that gently removes the crystals and dead skin cells. The procedure typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete and is sometimes described as a “lunch hour facial.” Most clients need multiple treatments to get the desired results. The treatments are given two or three weeks apart.
Patients often feel a warming sensation during the treatment as the crystals slough away old skin cells. Microdermabrasion has sometimes been said to feel like a cat licking one’s face. The newly unveiled layer of skin will be quite sensitive to sunlight, so the patient should wear sunscreen when outdoors. After treatment, the skin will be pink, but it will return to its normal color within a few hours. Microdermabrasion does not require anesthetics or needles.
Microdermabrasion vs. Dermabrasion
Dermabrasion involves using a handheld device with a wire brush and a rotating wheel to peel off layers of skin until the specialist unearths a smooth layer. It is usually done to remove scars or tattoos. The procedure requires anesthesia. While microdermabrasion has no downtime, it can take a client 10 to 14 days to recover from dermabrasion.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Microdermabrasion works best for healthy clients. Clients over 70 years old may be more susceptible to bruising, scrapes and other side effects. People who have had other procedures like chemical peels or dermal filler injections should wait at least two weeks before undergoing microdermabrasion. It should also be noted that microdermabrasion works best for mild skin conditions.
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Microdermabrasion treatments at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery are a great way for patients to achieve brighter, more youthful-looking skin. For your convenience, we have locations in Indianapolis, Newport Beach, Santa Rosa and Beverly Hills. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation to learn more.