Microdermabrasion is a dermatology procedure that uses tiny exfoliating crystals to remove dead and dull layers of the facial skin and allow for the regrowth of vibrant new skin to appear. Microdermabrasion treatments are provided by dermatologists who specialize in skin care and treatments. The treatment procedures are done in-office by licensed clinical estheticians and are followed by a relaxing massage of the face, shoulders, and neck. Many men and women choose microdermabrasion to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, correct sun damage and dark spots, or to help minimize acne scars.
Microdermabrasion is considered by be a skin resurfacing treatment. During the procedure, the top layer of facial skin is resurfaced through a revitalizing microdermabrasion. The abrasive (but gentle) exfoliating crystals will brush off dull skin by smoothing the skin’s surface. It is basically an exfoliation and skin rejuvenation procedure that leaves skin looking softer and brighter. Customized microdermabrasion treatments are made for each patient depending on the skin’s condition and the outcome that a patient is hoping for.
After a microdermabrasion treatment, the skin of the face will be pink and will feel dry and tight for about 24 hours. Many patients compare the feeling to that of a mild sunburn. Patients are directed to use a moisturizer for sensitive skin while their skin heals. There is no “down time” after a microdermabrasion procedure, and many people (who do not care to return to work with a pink glow) can resume their normal day right away.
It is important to wear sunscreen and a moisturizer and to avoid the sun for a few days while the skin heals. Talk with your dermatologist about the effectiveness of improving your skin through microdermabrasion.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates