What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a specialized exfoliating process that uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin. Exfoliation refers to improving the health of the skin, particularly the upper layers, by removing dead skin cells and enhancing blood circulation across the treated area.
The Microdermabrasion Process
There are two major steps to the microdermabrasion process.
- At the beginning of the treatment, a specialized machine gently exfoliates the surface of the skin using the aforementioned crystals. The feeling is not uncomfortable, although it may be slightly rough. This step takes only a few minutes and generally covers the entire face.
- Dead skin cells are then removed. This may be done after the exfoliation is complete or at the same time. It is achieved through a small hose that simply vacuums the skin debris away, leaving healthy skin behind.
Most patients will have 6-8 microdermabrasion sessions performed about a week or two apart.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion?
Almost any adult may enjoy the benefits of microdermabrasion. Patients who have a current skin condition or a past history of skin complications should let their dermatologist know. It may be necessary to wait for a skin condition to run its course before microdermabrasion can take place.
Acne, fine lines, scars, and stretch marks are all conditions that may potentially respond to microdermabrasion. It can also help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Depending on your treatment goals, you may notice the difference after just one short session.
What Are the Benefits of Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion helps provide brighter, clearer skin that looks its best. It improves the health and size of skin pores and may even make other skin products more effective when appropriate products are chosen. It raises blood circulation and lymphatic function.
It is considered less harsh on the skin than chemical peels and generally safer than laser treatment.
Recovery from Microdermabrasion
When performed by an expert dermatologist, there are no lasting complications associated with microdermabrasion treatment. Depending on the patient’s complexion, skin may appear rosy or reddish. It may feel slightly tight for a few hours, but should not hurt. Patients can return to their usual activities right away.
Items that may cause skin inflammation should be temporarily discontinued. In addition to medication, this can also include cosmetics and certain skin treatments, particularly those that are also focused on exfoliating the skin. Do not use hot water to wash the face after exfoliating.
Your dermatologist will give you specific details on care for your skin after your procedure.
If you’d like to learn more about microdermabrasion, make an appointment today with one of the highly skilled dermatologists at Hollywood Dermatology. Our team specializes in microdermabrasion treatment in addition to clinical and cosmetic dermatology procedures.