Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical and non-invasive cosmetic procedure in which the doctor uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the client’s skin and remove damaged skin cells. It can be used to treat age spots, wrinkles, crow’s feet, mild acne scars, rosacea and other minor skin conditions associated with aging and/or damage caused by the sun.
What does the procedure involve?
During treatment, the practitioner places a handpiece against the client’s skin. The handpiece sprays a stream of tiny aluminum oxide crystals that exfoliate the client’s skin.
The handpiece also generates a mild suction that removes both the crystals and dead skin cells. The procedure typically takes an hour and is therefore sometimes described as a “lunch hour facial.”
Most clients may need several treatments to get the best results. The treatments take place at least two weeks apart from each other.
Most people feel a warmth and/or tingling. Some clients have compared the procedure to a facial massage. After treatment, the newly revealed layer of skin will be more sensitive than usual, and it will need to be protected from the sun.
Many clients will need a moisturizer to keep their skin hydrated and to prevent irritation. The practitioner will know which skin creams will be most effective for the client’s skin type.
Who is not a good candidate for microdermabrasion?
The ideal candidate is a healthy adult with realistic expectations and minor skin problems. Microdermabrasion is therefore not recommended for people with keloids or other major scars.
People with warts, acne, or open sores on the face should also not undergo microdermabrasion. People who have had chemical peels or similar procedures should wait two or three weeks before undergoing microdermabrasion. The procedure is also not recommended for pregnant women.
Isn’t there something called dermabrasion?
Yes. Dermabrasion also involves exfoliating the skin, but it is a more intense procedure. The patient may be given a local or general anesthetic beforehand. Ice packs could be applied to the skin to make it firm.
The clinician then uses a wire brush or diamond wheel with rough edges to remove the skin’s topmost layers. The procedure takes about a week for the new skin to grow in. It then takes several week for the new skin, which will initially be pink or red, to fade to its normal coloring.
If you are interested in microdermabrasion, then contact The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa today.