Microdermabrasion

About Microdermabrasion 


Microdermabrasion is a simple convenient procedure used in patients with early signs of aging and sun damage. Those with minimal superficial scarring and hyper-pigmentation can also benefit. It is non-invasive procedure with no discomfort or recovery time.

It has been available in Europe since the late 1980s using corundum aluminum oxide mineral microcrystals to remove dead or damaged superficial cells.

Most commonly treated areas: the face, chest, shoulders, back and hands. The procedure is performed with a jet of fine mineral crystals passing over the skin's surface by creating a gentle vacuum. The crystals gently exfoliate the outmost layer of skin known as the stratum corneum. Once removed it reveals ones own fresher younger looking skin beneath. A single Microdermabrasion session is equal to three 30% glycolic acid peels or one 70% peel.

Your Microdermabrasion Treatment

These treatments are meant to be progressive, not aggressive. After one treatment your skin will look brighter. Great results are seen after the third treatment. Treatments are performed in a series every few weeks. Microdermabrasion is helpful to perform 7 to 10 days before Intense Pulsed Light IPL treatments to enhance the IPL results.

Each Microdermabrasion takes 15 to 40 minutes depending on the area being treated. The procedure is applied to clean skin. Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher is applied immediately after and should be used for several days after.

There is minimal to no discomfort but some patients may experience a slightly tingling afterward. Skin may appear slightly red afterwards which can last 12 to 24 hours. It is important not to exercise immediately after Microdermabrasion because perspiration will cause a stinging sensation that can last several hours.

Patients who undergo Microdermabrasion should discontinue Vitamin A acids and glycolic acid creams 3 to 5 days before. These can be restarted 2 to 3 days after the procedure.