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. Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation process and a less aggressive treatment for damaged skin.
This procedure is beneficial for a patient who wishes to make improvements to unsightly skin surface conditions. Manly unsightly surface conditions can be improved. 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. Microdermabrasion has been successfully performed on every type and color of skin.
Prior to the Procedure
Patients are advised to eliminate tanning, chemical peel, waking or collagen injections for two weeks prior to having a microdermabrasion treatment.
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. The 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 superficial 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 is required.
After the Procedure
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.