Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals and a controlled vacuum to exfoliate skin. After the procedure, the skin’s texture is improved and feels softer. It often reduces imperfections such as wrinkles and acne scars.
The skin is first cleansed to remove excess oil and dirt. A medical professional then targets a stream of aluminum oxide crystals over the area. These crystals abrade away old, dead skin cells and these are removed with the vacuum using gentle suction. This promotes the formation of new collagen and rejuvenates the skin. Chemical peels may often be combined with microdermabrasion for enhanced results. The application of moisturizers and sunblock follow the procedure.
Optimal results are seen when microdermabrasion is performed as a series over several weeks. Discuss the optimum schedule of recommended treatments with your medical professional depending upon your treatment goals.
Microdermabrasion is a common procedure and extremely safe. Medical grade microdermabrasion gives the best results and you should always provide your full medical history. Also, be sure to follow any post-treatment instructions.
Some temporary redness and discomfort similar to a sunburn are common following treatment. Skin conditions such as acne may appear worse for a brief time. Occasionally your skin may appear temporarily darker or lighter.
Your skin will feel softer and look younger. Fine wrinkles will decrease over time due to the growth of new collagen. Brown spots or discoloration, uneven skin tone, acne, and acne scars are improved with the exfoliation.
You will be able to notice an immediate improvement. However, results will be more marked with multiple treatments. The degree of improvement can vary depending on your individual skin quality and the condition being treated.
Microdermabrasion should not be performed on someone with a recent viral infection, such as cold sores and shingles. Treatment with an anti-viral medication is recommended prior to the procedure in this instance. Other conditions for which microdermabrasion is not recommended include: eczema, recent sunburns or rosacea, auto-immune disorders, a history of poor healing or excessive scarring such as keloid formation, or a history of diabetes. It is also not recommended with recent laser surgery in the treated area or recent Accutane use.
Microdermabrasion works best for minor imperfections and overall skin improvement. Those with very large or dark spots, moderate to deep wrinkles, and serious scars should seek an alternative treatment.
You should not use Retin-A® or retinoid containing products, tanning creams, or tan in the sun for at least a week prior to your treatment. While chemical peels may be performed in conjunction with microdermabrasion, do not have one before treatment.
Moisturizers and sunblock will be applied immediately after your treatment. You may use anti-inflammatory creams or cold compresses if necessary. Do not irritate the treated skin with harsh chemicals or exposure to the sun for one week. It is important that you follow a good skin care regimen after the procedure with consistent use of moisturizers and sunscreens as well. You should contact your doctor immediately for any rare effects such as blistering, scabbing, or infection.
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