Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular aesthetic procedures at Spectrum Dermatology because it is fast, comfortable, and works. This minimally invasive treatment encourages skin cell renewal and collagen production while instantly improving skin’s tone and texture. Microdermabrasion can reduce signs of sun damage, lines and wrinkles, age spots, hyperpigmentation including melasma, and acne scarring.
Don’t confuse microdermabrasion at a dermatology clinic with the types of mini microderm products available to the general public. A special, medical-grade applicator must be used for optimal results, and it is only available to dermatologists. This abrasive applicator is used to expertly remove top layers of skin, revealing fresher, younger-looking skin below the surface. At the same time, the skin is being damaged in a controlled environment, which rejuvenates the body’s natural healing process.
Microdermabrasion is one of the safest options for skin rejuvenation with minimal side effects and no down time. It can be used to get an instant “lift,” to correct dull or uneven skin tones, and is even effective on some stretch marks. Many clients consider microdermabrasion a routine treatment to keep their skin looking its best.
Since microdermabrasion is so safe, little prep work is needed. However, a consultation with the experts at Spectrum Dermatology can help you determine if it is the best procedure to meet your needs. Past cosmetic treatments and surgeries, along with medical conditions and allergies, might be a consideration for those interested in microdermabrasion. Those with highly sensitive skin should also discuss this with their dermatologist, aesthetician, or injector nurse.
This non-invasive, in-office procedure is fast and comfortable. The total appointment takes around one hour, and is always performed by licensed skin professionals. No anesthesia or numbing creams are necessary for microdermabrasion. Clients are reclined in a chair as the provider uses the specialized device to exfoliate away the top layers of skin in key areas. Immediately after the treatment, a moisturizer is applied to aid in healing and to protect the skin.
Microdermabrasion has been Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved since 1996. In the past 20 years, hundreds of microdermabrasion products have debuted on the market. Spectrum Dermatology uses only the best, proven techniques and applicators for every procedure, including microdermabrasion.
The diamond-tip handpiece is one of the most commonly used microdermabrasion applicators. It can exfoliate dead cells off the skin while simultaneously vacuuming them up. This means a cleaner procedure and no risk of dead skin cells remaining on the surface. Abrasion depth can be controlled by the provider by pressure. Diamond tip is commonly used in sensitive areas like the skin found near the eyes and lips.
The handpiece that emits crystals offers a soft spray to exfoliate the top layers of skin. Just like the diamond-tip, it is equipped with a special vacuum. A variety of crystals can be used, such as sodium bicarbonate and aluminum oxide.
This is one of the newer methods available. It blends dermal infusion and an exfoliation in a crystal-free procedure. Hydradermabrasion is known for optimizing blood flow and collagen production to make the most of the body’s natural healing properties.
The skin is going to be sensitive after treatment, since it is “new skin.” This means it is important to take extra precautions to protect it against the elements for a few days after microdermabrasion. Avoiding sun exposure, waxing, and exfoliating treatments is a good idea. This not only protects skin overall, but helps you retain the most benefits from your treatment.
Side effects may occur, but are usually mild. They can include redness, tenderness, and swelling. However, they often disappear a few hours after treatment. It is a good idea to avoid microdermabrasion 72 hours before a special event. Downtime with microdermabrasion is minimal, but newcomers to the procedure will want to play it safe and see how their skin reacts to the treatment. It is possible to immediately continue your daily activities after treatment.
Remember to keep the skin hydrated for 72 hours after treatment and only use mild skincare products. Any topical medications, including acne cream, should be avoided 24 hours post-treatment. There is very little risk of new breakouts occurring during this timeframe given the removal of the skin surfaces.
Are you ready to experience the stunning effects of microdermabrasion? Spectrum Dermatology offers the latest and proven methods and technologies. Schedule your appointment with Spectrum Dermatology online now, or call (480) 948-8400 to book a consultation.