Microdermabrasion is an excellent option for patients that wish to exfoliate the skin on the face or body. It is an effective procedure that should be performed by a professional, such as our medical aesthetician here at Jefferson Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia. Microdermabrasion involves the sloughing off of dead skin to allow new skin to regenerate. When performed on a regular basis, patients experience a reduction in breakouts, age spots, wrinkles, and other skin flaws.
Healthy adults and those with minor skin issues are suitable microdermabrasion candidates. Patients with any of the following conditions may be good candidates for microdermabrasion:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damaged skin
- Clogged pores
- Enlarged pores
- Skin texture problems
- Uneven pigmentation
The Microdermabrasion Procedure
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure used to treat any of the skin conditions listed above. During microdermabrasion, the face or treatment area is thoroughly cleaned with top-of-the line skin care products. As soon as the skin is clean, the microdermabrasion device is methodically applied to the face. The device sprays crystals through a tube to gently exfoliate the outer, often dead layers of the skin. The suctioning element of the device is then used to pull the dead skin cells off the surface of the skin, leaving it smooth and soft.
As far as skin care treatments go, microdermabrasion is one of the least invasive. Patients are in and out of the office within 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how deeply the skin needs to be exfoliated. Patients may feel a sharp, uncomfortable, grainy feeling during the treatment process, but the procedure does not cause significant pain.
Because the top layer of skin is exfoliated, the face will be more susceptible to sunburns. For this reason, patients should use sunscreen and avoid sun exposure as much as possible.
Microdermabrasion Side Effects
Microdermabrasion is associated with few side effects. Some patients may experience mild redness on the face or red streaks for a few hours after treatment. In addition, the skin may be come dry or irritated. Apply moisturizer or healing cream to the face after microdermabrasion to reduce these side effects.
There are minimal risks associated with microdermabrasion treatment, especially when receiving treatment from a certified aesthetician. There is the possible risk of infection if the equipment is not properly cleaned, or skin tears if the machine settings are set too high for the patient’s skin type. Again, these risks are rare and can be avoided by booking your appointment with a certified professional.
After microdermabrasion treatment, the skin will feel soft and smooth, and look clean and even. Since the skin is always naturally rejuvenating, the results of microdermabrasion are not permanent. Aestheticians recommend regular microdermabrasion treatments spaced three to four weeks apart to maintain optimal skin health and appearance.
Philadelphia Microdermabrasion Appointments
Contact our Philadelphia practice to schedule your microdermabrasion appointment with our medical aesthetician at Jefferson Plastic Surgery.