Microdermabrasion is one of the easiest, most effective non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation. It is a less aggressive version of dermabrasion that makes use of minimally abrasive instruments to remove the upper layer of old skin. Microdermabrasion can treat sun damage, light scarring, discoloration, and even stretch marks using microparticles to slough off the upper epidermis and stimulate the growth of new skin. Microdermabrasion can also lead to the production of natural collagen which keeps skin looking voluminous, young and natural.
Microdermabrasion uses mechanical exfoliation and is also known as the “Diamond Peel” method, because the process utilizes medical grade diamond chips, rather than messy crystals, that gently vacuum and exfoliate the skin. Dead skin cells are loosened, pores and deep comedones are unclogged for waste to be naturally removed by the body.
Microdermabrasion is a safe and effective method of diminishing the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, photo-damage and hyperpigmentation. Microdermabrasion can also soften wrinkles and decrease pore size. The treatment will also increase circulation and lymph flow to bring immediate clarity to the skin. Microdermabrasion is ideal for pre-operative and post-operative patients. We highly recommend Microdermabrasion in conjunction with Photofacial/IPL treatments.
Microdermabrasion is usually offered in a series of 6 or more treatments spaced about 1-2 weeks apart. A single treatment will usually last around 30 minutes and the treatment requires no down-time. It is often referred to as the lunchtime peel.
Microdermabrasion performed in a medical office is not to be confused with home microdermabraision kits, which provide little more than an overly aggressive and overly abrasive scrub. Microdermabrasion performed by a licensed medical provider is a highly effective treatment, but patients should keep in mind that they will be removing the top layer of skin. This means that their skin will be more vulnerable for a few days afterwards. Vigorous exercise and direct sun exposure can easily irritate the skin for several days and should be avoided per the advise of your physician. Patients should be careful to wear quality sunscreen for at least a week until the skin repairs its own ability to protect itself.