Everyone wants to look and feel healthy and our skin
plays an important role. The skin is made up of many
layers. The outer layer, called the stratum corneum,
is exposed to a wide variety of elements in the environment
and experiences the most damage.
the latest scientific method of treatment for damaged
skin. The term microdermabrasion
refers to micronized (tiny) crystals derived from minerals.
The technician uses an instrument to direct a stream
of these fine crystals onto the skin. These crystals
are used to abrade the skin thereby removing dead and
flaking skin cells. As this is being done, a small
vacuum removes the crystals along with the upper layer
of skin. As a result, the production of new skin cells
and collagen is being stimulated. Each treatment takes
approximately one half hour to complete, and no anesthesia
Many unsightly surface conditions can be improved with
this procedure. They include removal of age spots,
blackheads, whiteheads and fine lines around the eyes,
lips and neck. Dull and rough textured skin can be
improved. In addition, the treatment can be used to
reduce mild scarring and scaly skin lesions.
We have performed microdermabrasion successfully on
every type and color of skin.
Patients are advised to eliminate tanning, chemical
peels, waxing or collagen injections for two weeks
prior to having a microdermabrasion treatment.
The number of treatments depends on the size, depth
and type of skin problem the patient has. The microdermabrasion
treatment is repeated every 7 to 10 days for up to
12 treatments. Additional monthly treatments may be
recommended for maintenance purposes.
The skin will be noticeably improved after the first
treatment. Age spots, fine lines and wrinkles will
be diminished, and the skin will take on a more radiant
glow. Acne scars will become less noticeable and many
report fresher, younger looking skin. With microdermabrasion,
some moisture will be lost; therefore, special cleansers
and moisturizers will be recommended for daily use.
Some patients experience a tightening after the treatment.
The sensation has been compared to a mild sunburn.
These conditions last for only a short time. Some patients
notice dryness in the treated area and may be advised
to apply a moisturizer.
Only the outer layer of skin is removed; therefore
serious side effects are not a problem. Healing time
for most patients is a few days.
There are several reasons to choose microdermabrasion
over other techniques. Microdermabrasion requires less
time and involves less discomfort.
Recovery time is
rapid and normal activities can be resumed immediately.
Microdermabrasion is safe
and effective on most parts of the body and can be
used in conjunction with other procedures such as
laser skin resurfacing and chemical peel.
Insurance may cover the cost; however, this depends
on the specific skin problem and each individual's
If you are interested in learning
more about microdermabrasion, please contact our
office, and we will be happy
to answer your questions.