Do you look in the mirror only to notice a reflection of fine lines, dull skin, sun damage, and acne scars? These telltale signs of aging and acne battles can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. With the time-tested treatment of microdermabrasion, you can enjoy refreshed, rejuvenated skin that will restore your youthful appearance.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a machine-assisted treatment for skin exfoliation. It’s a non-invasive, low-risk treatment that rejuvenates facial skin (and other areas) without the need for numbing agents, needles, lasers, or chemicals. The procedure removes dead skin, dry patches, and even blackheads to expose the new and healthier looking skin below, giving you a bright, renewed complexion.
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
During a microdermabrasion session, your esthetician will use one of two treatment options:
—With this method, a diamond or crystal-tipped wand gently glides over your skin to exfoliate the top layer.
—With this method, a wand fires highly pressurized crystals on the skin to exfoliate it.
After exfoliation, both methods utilize a small but powerful vacuum to remove dead skin and acne impurities, making your skin clear and bright. Microdermabrasion machines are equipped with a range of strength settings so that it will be effective for all skin types.
Most patients begin a regimen of microdermabrasion once a week for three weeks followed by monthly maintenance visits. You and your esthetician can discuss your results and tailor a treatment plan right for you.
How Can Microdermabrasion Help My Skin?
Microdermabrasion is a safe, effective treatment for those who have the following conditions:
- Sun spots
- Acne, especially blackheads
- Dull or sallow skin
- Fine lines
- Hyperpigmentation or uneven pigmentation
- Acne scarring
In addition to skin exfoliation, microdermabrasion offers the following benefits:
—During the vacuum process, blood and lymphatic circulation is elevated, leading to a more healthy skin appearance. With enhanced blood flow comes more oxygen and nutrients delivered to the skin that helps improve its elasticity.
Improves Product Absorption
—With the removal of dead skin, your skincare products such as moisturizer, sun screen, or acne cream will more easily absorb into your skin giving you better results.
Reduces Pore Size
—After a microdermabrasion treatment unclogs your pores, they are more likely to reduce in size and stay smaller with repeat treatments.
Is a Safe Choice
—Skin treatments that use needles, anesthesia, chemicals, or lasers pose a risk of side effects. Microdermabrasion promises great results with non-invasive techniques and no downtime.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion?
Almost anyone! One of the best perks of microdermabrasion is that almost anyone can benefit from the procedure. In fact, this skin treatment is recommended for children as young as 12 to those in their mid-70s. For seniors, greatly diminished skin elasticity can cause bruising after treatment.
What’s the Recovery Time?
There’s little to no recovery time associated with microdermabrasion. A trained esthetician will assess your skin condition and choose the appropriate amount of suction to reduce side effects. Side effects can include:
- Redness—Treat this redness like a sunburn by moisturizing and avoiding the sun
- Bruising—Some sensitive areas may be prone to light bruising
- Eye Irritation—If you opt for the pressurized crystal method, the crystals can get in your eyes and cause irritation. Make sure your esthetician gives you proper eye protection before your session.
If you’d like to learn more about microdermabrasion, make an appointment today at the Rendon Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine in Boca Raton. Our skilled team offers a wide variety of skin rejuvenation treatments in addition to other cosmetic and clinical dermatology services.