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
- Solar lentigines
Those who are not good candidates for microdermabrasion have one or more of the following conditions or situations:
- Severe rosacea
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Active acne
- Skin cancer
- 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 treatments can leave the skin sensitive, red, dry, and peeling. These side effects should subside within five to seven days.
How Is Microdermabrasion Performed?
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.
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