Microdermabrasion is a professional exfoliation treatment that can gently remove dead and damaged skin cells from the surface of the skin. It accomplishes this by using micro-crystals or a diamond-tipped applicator to gently abrade the skin and remove rough, dry cells, which are then gently suctioned away. This process jumpstarts your skin’s regenerative functions, causing new and healthy cells to replace old ones. More effective than at-home exfoliating methods, this treatment can be an excellent rejuvenating deep treatment as part of your regular skincare regimen or as a boost before a big event.
Regular microdermabrasion treatments can leave the skin smooth, soft, and healthy, meaning it can more effectively absorb your at-home products. It can also be gentler than other professional exfoliating treatments like medical peels, which can require downtime. However, many patients benefit from a light peel or facial treatment to complement their microdermabrasion treatment using our physician-grade skincare products. This treatment can be a great option for addressing concerns like texture, scars, fine lines, acne, and dullness. In some cases, it can be performed on sensitive areas like the eyes or lips.
Unlike chemical peels, microdermabrasion can benefit most types of skin without the risk of hyperpigmentation. Acne-prone skin can respond especially well to this treatment, as it can help loosen clogged pores and remove acne-causing debris through a deep-treatment. Certain skin conditions like lesions, sores, or extensive breakouts should be assessed before undergoing a microdermabrasion treatment. During your consultation, you should also discuss any skin or acne medications that you’re currently taking, as these can sometimes affect your results.
Your treatment session begins with gently cleansing the skin before applying the microdermabrasion handpiece. This applicator gently sands away dead or dry skin cells and suctions them away from the skin, leaving behind a soft, new layer of the epidermis. Overall, this process can take around thirty minutes, depending on the treatment area. For added results, you can opt for a facial treatment after the microdermabrasion technique is complete since your skin can more easily absorb effective skincare products. Our skincare experts can recommend the best option for you and your concerns.
Most patients notice an immediate glow after a microdermabrasion treatment, although this technique can cause some redness. Microdermabrasion requires no downtime, although it’s important to avoid sunlight for a few days after and follow after-care instructions to ensure your skin can successfully recover. Most patients undergo a series of treatments in order to treat their unique concerns, and we recommend these be spaced at once per month, depending on your goals. We can also recommend a customized skincare regimen using our physician-grade products to extend your results after your treatment.
It’s important that your microdermabrasion treatments always be performed by a skilled and licensed skincare specialist. To schedule a consultation at our St. Joseph office and discuss your options for skin rejuvenation, contact us by calling or filling out our online form.