Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses aluminum oxide (AI2O3) or sodium chloride (NaCl) crystals to resurface the superficial layer of skin. The degree of exfoliation is determined by the amount of suction employed and the number of passes made over the surface of the skin. This is a safe and well-tolerated procedure that does not require local anesthesia or preoperative medication.

Dr. Saltz and his team recommend microdermabrasion before facial surgeries such as facelifts, brow lifts, or midface lifts. Ideally, a series of three to six microdermabrasion sessions is performed to enhance skin hydration, sebum production, and texture. The treatments are usually performed every two weeks.

Is microdermabrasion right for you?

Beyond being helpful prior to surgeries such as facelifts, microdermabrasion can also be an effective stand-alone procedure. Good candidates for microdermabrasion have at least one of these skin conditions:

  • Oily skin
  • Dilated pores
  • Thick skin
  • Mild, shallow acne scarring
  • Melasma
  • Solar lentigines

Those who are not good candidates for microdermabrasion have one or more of the following conditions or situations:

  • Severe rosacea
  • Telangiectasias
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Active acne
  • Skin cancer
  • Dermatitis
  • Sunburned skin
  • Take Accutane
  • Take oral blood thinners

Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion offers ongoing benefits to healthy adults who want to maintain smooth, glowing skin. This conservative exfoliating treatment goes beyond the resurfacing one can achieve at home, so the results are more pronounced. Because microdermabrasion sloughs off the top layer of dull and damaged skin cells, there is a bit of an uptick in collagen production after each session, as well.

Some of the visible benefits of microdermabrasion treatments include:

  • Smoother skin
  • Reduced age spots
  • More radiant complexion
  • More uniform skin tone
  • Minimized fine lines
  • Diminished wrinkles
  • Fresher-looking skin
  • Faded scars
  • Cleaner-looking skin
  • Firmer, tighter skin
  • Shrunken pores

Microdermabrasion treatments are performed by a trained professional, so are considered very safe and effective. The procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive. It is convenient and virtually painless, with little need for downtime, so is easy to fit into a busy schedule.

Microdermabrasion on young female patient - Saltz Spa Vitoria

Microdermabrasion treatments can leave the skin sensitive, red, dry, and peeling. These side effects should subside within five to seven days.

Microdermabrasion FAQs

How Is Microdermabrasion Performed?

This skin-rejuvenating treatment is performed in our comfortable office on a table or reclining chair. Before beginning the procedure, the provider may cleanse and dry the skin. To slough off dull, damaged skin cells, the provider passes a small handpiece over the treatment area. The device sprays tiny crystal particles, which hit the skin and are immediately swept away by the device’s built-in suction. The process takes just a few minutes, after which the skin may be cleansed again to remove particles left behind. The provider may also apply sunscreen or moisturizer.

How Many Microdermabrasion Treatments Are Needed For Best Results?

The results of microdermabrasion may vary from one person to another based on their skin type and concerns. We provide a professional opinion after a thorough skin evaluation and consultation in which we discuss treatment objectives. While some improvement can be seen after one or two sessions, providers often recommend a series of 6 to 12 treatments performed at intervals of approximately every 2 weeks. This treatment schedule helps to achieve longer-lasting results.

A single microdermabrasion session can improve the skin for up to a month. However, only surface improvements are achieved. With a series of treatments, it is possible to see results such as smoother skin, faded scars, and a reduction in sun damage and other conditions. Once the initial series of treatments is done, skin rejuvenation can be maintained with periodic microdermabrasion performed about 4 times a year.

Will I Need Time to Recover After Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is one of those procedures referred to as a “lunchtime treatment.” Most people experience very mild side effects after their appointments. We generally expect the skin to have a rosy glow after microdermabrasion. This can last about 24 hours. However, this side effect is typically no more severe than a minor sunburn. In addition to a subtle red appearance, the skin may also feel slightly sunburned. This sensation also resolves within a day.

Is Microdermabrasion Painful?

No. One of the many benefits of microdermabrasion is that the treatment is not painful. The spray of microcrystals is so fine that patients typically feel only a mild abrasive sensation. The handpiece moves across the face relatively quickly, so the sensation in any single area is fleeting. The gritty feeling is similar to what one may feel when using a facial scrub, but even less intense due to the size of the particles that slough off the top layer of skin.

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