Every day your skin is left unprotected against environmental elements. As the years go by, factors like pollution, the sun’s rays, and other harmful agents can take a toll on your skin. The Microdermabrasion treatment is just the tool you need that can help eliminate wrinkles and fine lines, light acne scars, age spots, “crow’s feet”, and unwanted pigmentation that may materialize on the skin over time.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, non-chemical procedure that removes the outermost layer of dead, dry skin cells using the latest technology, the DiamondTome skin resurfacing system. The DiamondTome vacuums and exfoliates the skin using a diamond encrusted wand. It is state of the art to microderm without irritating particles, and it helps resurface and polish the skin for a more beautiful complexion. It is much gentler than the Dermabrasion procedure which is much more intensive and is used to treat extreme sun damage, scars, and deeper facial lines.
Good candidates for the Microdermabrasion treatment are patients with wrinkles or facial lines, sun damage, age spots, clogged pores, uneven pigmentation, minor scars, or skin texture problems. Other patients who may benefit from Microdermabrasion treatments are those with Rosacea or acne.
The most ideal candidate for the Microdermabrasion treatment are adults and teens with minor imperfections or skin conditions and realistic expectations of what the treatment can and cannot do. Microdermabrasion cannot fix deep facial folds or creases and cannot remedy sagging skin. These sorts of issues must be addressed with procedures such as laser skin tightening, face lift, soft tissue fillers and threads.
Microdermabrasion for Acne
Acne and the scars that acne leaves behind can be treated by Microdermabrasion. The treatment greatly reduces or eliminates the appearance of lighter scarring. For deep acne scars (known as icepick acne scars or pock marks), the desired results may not be met with Microdermabrasion. An acne chemical peel or Dermabrasion can more effectively treat deeper scars. Microdermabrasion, which clears clogged pores of dirt and oil and exfoliates the skin, may also benefit patients with active acne. Because the removal of the dead skin cells and the polishing action of the wand, it is advised that you make a consultation appointment with a dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon or skin care specialist to help determine if your acne or acne scars can be successfully treated with Microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion for Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic inflammation primarily of the facial skin often characterized by prominent blood vessels, redness, skin eruption, and swelling that appear similar to acne. The redness that is associated with Rosacea can be decreased by Microdermabrasion. Although, if you have been diagnosed with Rosacea and are looking to receive a Microdermabrasion treatment, it is advised that you talk to a cosmetic surgeon, dermatologist or skin care specialist before the treatment because Microdermabrasion may have some negative effects on active Rosacea.
Who is Not an Ideal Candidate?
People with deep scars, undiagnosed lesions, active keloids (lumpy, rigid area of the skin that is usually raised), warts on the face, a recent herpes outbreak, an auto-immune system disorder, active acne (stages 3 and 4), or unstable diabetes are not advised to undergo a Microdermabrasion treatment. The treatment is also not recommended for pregnant women. Candidates should wait two to three weeks before undergoing the treatment if they have recently had a chemical peel or other skin procedure such as collagen injections. It is advised that patients also abstain from tanning or waxing the area of the skin that they wish to be treated for a couple of weeks before the microdermabrasion treatment. Individuals with facial creases, deep scars, or other minor-to-severe skin defects should consider a more intense treatment such as dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peel, soft tissue fillers and threads.
The cost of the treatment depends on factors such as the number of treatments, the amount of microdermabrasion that is needed, the geographic region where the treatment is conducted, and the fees of the treating specialist. Other cosmetic options for facial rejuvenation, particularly a face lift surgical procedure, is infinitely more expensive than microdermabrasion.
Risks and Benefits
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical and safe “lunch hour” procedure that offers many benefits. It reduces or eliminates wrinkles, fine facial lines, and other signs of aging; the appearance of acne scars and other minor scarring are also improved, and it gives skin colors of all types a healthy, fresh-looking glow. All of these benefits are given with virtually no side effects, and because the DiamondTome does not implement the use of loose particles, you can be sure your skin will be safe from any contaminants. When performed by a qualified provider, Microdermabrasion provides little to no serious risks. Slight skin irritation may be experienced by some people after the treatment. Since health and skin history is different for everyone to some degree, the risks and benefits of microdermabrasion should be closely assessed from person to person.
By gently exfoliating the skin with natural diamond chips, the DiamondTome skin resurfacing wand removes the outer layer of skin (stratum corneum), while at the same time vacuums the dead skin cells away. This is performed in a sterile, controlled, precise, and safe way. As the wand is drawn across the skin, the exfoliation occurs. The promotion and growth of new, healthy skin cells and a smoother texture of the skin is the outcome of the removal of the outer layer of dead skin cells.
Multiple treatments are important because they advance the production of a new layer of skin cells that consist of higher levels of elastin and collagen. These components will further improve your complexion and are essential for vibrant, healthy skin. Roughly five to twelve treatments dispersed two to three weeks apart are essential to receive the full benefits of Microdermabrasion. Helpful and essentially pain free, the microdermabrasion treatment takes just thirty minutes to an hour and is normally alluded to as the “lunch hour facial.”
Is the Procedure Painful?
The Microdermabrasion treatment peels dead cells from the skin’s surface. While it isn’t painful, the treatment can cause a slight warming sensation as the DiamondTome wand delicately sheds old and damaged layers of skin. A few patients have compared the experience to having a facial massage. After a microdermabrasion treatment, the recently uncovered layer of skin is typically more sensitive and requires additional protection from the sun. Your skin shouldn’t feel uncomfortable, but you should be more careful about wearing sunscreens. To stop any potential irritation and keep the skin calm, you can hydrate the skin by applying moisturizing creams. An excellent dermatologist, registered nurse, or aesthetician will provide or give you options for a lotion or facial cream that is appropriate for your skin type.
Recovery and Results
Microdermabrasion is a fast and efficient procedure that is often called a “lunch hour” procedure because it can be performed with little to no discomfort during your lunch hour. The skin that was treated may take on a pinkish hue, but this will normally fade within a couple of hours. Makeup can be applied soon after undergoing the treatment to hide any apparent signs of the procedure.