Your skin is exposed to environmental elements every day. Over the years, the sun’s rays, pollution, and other damaging agents can take a toll on your skin. Microdermabrasion treatment can help reduce or eliminate the wrinkles and fine lines, “crow’s feet,” age spots, light acne scars, and undesired pigmentation that may appear on the skin over time.
Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin.
It also encourages the production of a new underlying layer of skin cells with higher levels of collagen and elastin, which further improves your skin’s appearance. In addition, it is much gentler than dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a more intensive procedure used to treat deeper facial lines, extreme sun damage, and scars.
In general, good candidates are adults who are in good physical health, with realistic expectations for the outcome of their treatment. People who do not have enough available time to undergo more invasive skin resurfacing treatments such as dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, or chemical peels may also be good candidates for microdermabrasion.
Cost of Microdermabrasion
The cost depends on the amount of microdermabrasion sessions a patient might need. The cost of microdermabrasion is less expensive than that of some other cosmetic options for facial rejuvenation, particularly surgical procedures such as a face lift.
Risks and Benefits
- It is a safe, non-surgical, “lunch hour” procedure that provides many benefits.
- It reduces or eliminates fine facial lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.
- It improves the appearance of acne scars and other light scarring, and it gives skin of all colors and types a fresh, healthy-looking glow.
- It does all this with virtually no side effects. In addition, because microdermabrasion uses non-allergenic crystals to treat the skin, it is an excellent treatment for skin that is sensitive to chemicals.
- It does not present any serious risks when it is performed by a qualified provider. Some people may experience slight skin irritation since everyone’s skin and health history differ to some degree.
The Microdermabrasion Procedure
In a procedure the dermatologist uses a handheld device that sprays fine crystals onto the surface of your skin, providing gentle abrasion, or “polishing,” to remove the outer layer of old skin cells. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes to an hour and five to twelve microdermabrasion treatments at two- to three-week intervals are recommended for optimal results.
Microdermabrasion Recovery and Results
Its recovery and results are among the most favorable of all the noninvasive facial treatments available today.
It is often called a “lunch hour” treatment because it’s a quick procedure that can be performed at a doctor’s office during your lunch hour with little or no discomfort.