What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion uses tiny exfoliating crystals that are sprayed on the skin. Treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. The procedure makes way for a new, smoother layer of skin to replace the skin that’s been treated. It works best on problems such as dull skin, brown spots, and age spots.
This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and stretch marks.
- Improve age spots and black heads
- Improve hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)
- Exfoliate your skin, resulting in a refreshed appearance
- Lessen the appearance of stretch marks
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduce or eliminate enlarged pores
- Treat acne and the scars left by acne
Microdermabrasion Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during microdermabrasion?
A handheld device is used to gently remove the top layer of the skin. You may feel a sanding sensation, but this is not painful. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to treat the entire face and about 20 minutes to treat the neck.
After the treatment, a moisturizer is applied.
What will I need to do after the procedure?
You may need to apply a moisturizer or other skin care product at home.
You will be given a skin care plan that includes sun protection. Protecting your skin form the sun helps ensure the best possible results and reduces the risk of side effects.
What are the possible side effects?
After microdermabrasion, your treated skin may be pink or red and slightly swollen. This tends to disappear within a day.
In some cases, the skin can bruise, burn, sting, or become extremely sensitive to sunlight. These will go away without treatment.
If your skin tends to develop dark spots after acne clears or a skin injury heals, you may have a greater risk of developing more dark spots.
Is there downtime?
You will not have downtime or a recovery period. Some patients’ skin turns pink or red. The skin can swell a bit. These side effects are similar to having a sunburn or windburn for a day or two. During this time, some patients feel uncomfortable returning to work or being in public.
How long will the results last?
The results tend to be temporary. Patients who protect their skin from the sun and follow the recommended skin care plan will maintain their results for a longer time. Yet, no matter what we do, our skin continues to age. Follow-up treatments are usually necessary to help retain smoother skin and a more radiant complexion.
When can I safely get another treatment?
Microdermabrasion treats only the top layer of the skin, so the skin recovers quickly. Most people can safely have another treatment a week later. Some patients, however, need several weeks to recover.