Skin Resurfacing with Microdermabrasion

Minimally-invasive exfoliation of the skin

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Microdermabrasion is a minimally-invasive exfoliation procedure that improves the appearance of skin. It treats sun damage, scars, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. It also helps to enhance circulation and lymph flow. The results of a microdermabrasion are immediate. There is no downtime and patients can resume their normal activities right away.

Performed as an in-office procedure, microdermabrasion does not require anesthesia and can be combined with chemical peels or laser treatments.

Microdermabrasion is less invasive than dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a surgical treatment that is used to treat more serious skin problems by removing several layers of skin.

The Microdermabrasion Procedure

During the procedure, a handheld device that transmits crystals of aluminum oxide is swept across the targeted area of skin. The crystals are then suctioned away, with the dead skin, with a vacuum tool revealing the underlying skin. A microdermabrasion treatment session can range from five minutes to sixty minutes. Results of the procedure are temporary and for continued improvement, treatments should be repeated every few weeks.

Risks of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is considered safe for all skin types including Asian and dark-skinned patients who are at risk for developing skin discoloration from another type of treatment. Patients may experience a mild redness or irritation after microdermabrasion.

Older patients with thinner skin may have a risk of bruising or skin abrasion.

It is important to avoid exposure to the sun after microdermabrasion because some of the skin’s natural protection has been removed.

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