Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive exfoliation treatment for skin. During treatment, a gentle stream of aluminum oxide crystals exfoliates the outer layer of skin, after which the dead skin cells and crystal particles are vacuumed away to reveal healthy, fresh skin. Microdermabrasion is less invasive and has a faster recovery time than many other skin resurfacing treatments.
Microdermabrasion is used to treat a variety of mild-to-moderate skin problems, including acne, scarring, sun damage, age spots and fine wrinkles. Because it only affects the outermost layer of skin (epidermis), it is not effective for repairing deep tissue damage, or removing congenital marks, tattoos, moles and scars.
Microdermabrasion safely and effectively improves the color, tone, and texture of the skin. With no pain and no downtime, it targets fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne, acne scarring, age spots, and sun damage. Microdermabrasion is considered safe for all skin types and colors of skin and is especially effective for medium and dark-skinned patients who may be at risk for skin discoloration with other types of treatment. The vacuum used during microdermabrasion enhances circulation and lymph flow, rejuvenating the skin internally as well as externally.
After Microdermabrasion is performed, the newly exposed layer of skin is vulnerable to sun damage, so wearing sunscreen is necessary. Avoiding the sun the first few days after treatment is recommended.
Microdermabrasion’s results are temporary. To sustain results and/or for continued improvement, microdermabrasion should be repeated at two to four week intervals.
There are no serious risks associated with microdermabrasion. Possible minor side effects of microdermabrasion include skin tightness, redness, minor bruising, fine broken blood vessels, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and cold sore reactivation around the lips. Patients older than 70 may have a slightly escalated risk of bruising and skin abrasions.
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