Microdermabrasion

Quick Facts About Microdermabrasion

Average Treatment Cost: $125-$250
Procedure Time: 30 minutes
In/Outpatient: Outpatient
Anesthesia: None
Recovery Time: None
Duration of Results: Temporary
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What you should know

What Is Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a quick and painless treatment that accelerates the rate at which dead skin is exfoliated, and jump-starts the proliferation of new skin cells. Your dermatologist (or aesthetician) may recommend a series of microdermabrasion treatments, which can treat hyperpigmentation, sun-damaged spots, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles and even minor acne scars. Microdermabrasion can be coupled with just about any other type of skin treatment and is usually recommended to be done every few weeks to every two or three months. “Exfoliation has many benefits. The most obvious is the elimination of the dead skin, which allows treatment products to better penetrate the skin,” says West Palm Beach dermatologist Kenneth Beer, MD. “By removing this layer, called the stratum corneum, irregular pigment can be tackled, too. You'll also see improvement in the skin's overall appearance and texture. Microdermabrasion goes deeper than other modes of exfoliation to help the skin replenish itself by stimulating cell regrowth.”

Suitable for all but the most sensitive skins, microdermabrasion combines vacuum suction with tiny abrasive crystals to polish away the uppermost layer of skin, eliminating roughness as well as fine lines and wrinkles. It is a quick and virtually pain-free procedure that uses tiny, rough aluminum crystals to vigorously exfoliate the top layer of the skin, removing dead skin cells. 

Who microdermabrasion is for

Microdermabrasion works best for anyone looking to revitalize their skin. If you have any of these conditions, you are a candidate for microdermabrasion:

  •  Fine lines and wrinkles
  •  Hyperpigmentation or sun spots
  •  Dry skin
  •  Minor acne scars
  •  Blemishes or large pores

Who microdermabrasion is not for

People with very sensitive skin.

What to Expect With Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a painless non-invasive treatment that takes less than an hour to perform. A diamond- or bristle-tip head is used to lightly “buff” the skin, gently lifting away dead skin cells that contribute to a lackluster appearance. Microdermabrasion may be paired with other treatments, such as a facial.

Directly after your treatment, your skin may look flushed or even pink, and over the next few days, you may experience minor flaking and dryness. But once the discolored skin has flaked off, new evenly pigmented skin will surface.

 

Post-Treatment Care: Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion, for the most part, is a downtime-free procedure. But, because it involves removing the top layers of skin, you may experience slight redness for a few hours after your treatment. To prevent further skin irritation, avoid damaging elements such as sun exposure.

Inside Tips

  • Wait until your skin is fully healed before using a self-tanner; otherwise, you can end up with uneven results.
  • Opt for diamond-based microdermabrasion treatments as opposed to those utiilzing aluminium oxide crystals, which are not safe to use around the eyes.

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