*Disclaimer: Individual results may vary from patient to patient based upon the circumstances and the patient’s specific situation, as well as the time taken to see final results.

Microdermabrasion by Crystal

Microdermabrasion:  this relatively painless, non-surgical technique may be used to freshen and rejuvenate the skin by using of a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin, exfoliating the thicker, uneven outer layer and relive a fresh younger looking skin with a healthy glow.

Although the face is the most common area for microdermabrasion, any skin area, including neck, chest, back, and hands, may be treated. It is sometimes referred to as “microderm,” a lunchtime peel, Parisian Peel, and Diamond Peel.

Indications of Microdermabrasion

Regular skin treatments can stimulate collagen production and thicken it leading to a smoother younger looking skin, and because of that we can use it to soften and remove the appearance of pores and fine lines and allows for the skin care products to absorb more readily.

It is also used to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage, and can be used to lessen the appearance of stretch marks. All that makes it important is that it is part of anti-aging regimens.

How we apply it?

That approach involves a hand-held device that streams tiny crystals across your skin. An attached vacuum simultaneously suctions those exfoliating crystals back into the machine, along with the dead or loosened skin.

Timing and sessions

Microdermabrasion should be 5-12 sessions (depending on the indication) apart 2 weeks at first and then one per month as part of a maintenance plan.

Each treatment will last about a half hour.

Results

Your polished new look should be long-lasting, depending on the severity of your skin damage and the number of treatments that you receive.

  • Reduce age spots and black heads.
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation.
  • Exfoliate your skin, resulting in a refreshed appearance.
  • Lessen the appearance of stretch marks.
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Reduce or eliminate enlarged pores.
  • Treat some cases of acne and the scars left by it.

Special Cases & Possible Risks

Minimal to no recovery time is required after microdermabrasion and most people immediately return to daily activity after a session. Makeup and nonirritating creams can usually be applied right after microdermabrasion.

Before doing treatment the patient should tell our dermatologists if he or she had any infections like viral infections (Herpes simplex), and should also take the consultation of our dermatologists first for treatment for acne or rosacea, if the patient is taking anticoagulant medicines.

  • NOTE

    Microdermabrasion should not be confused with dermabrasion which is an invasive surgical procedure performed typically by dermatologists or plastic surgeons under local or general anesthesia. Dermabrasion is a procedure for deeper acne scars and it requires anesthesia and otherwise it would be a too painful procedure which could have serious side effects like hyperpigmentation.

FAQ

What should people expect before, during, and after microdermabrasion?

Generally, softer and smoother skin that feels fresher and more rejuvenated is the expected outcome after microdermabrasion. Before starting the microdermabrasion treatment, eye protection such as eye pads or goggles may be placed. Often the skin may be prepared and cleaned of makeup and oils. Yet, no topical or local anesthetic is required. The skin will be stretched to provide some tension in order to achieve the most effective abrasion and vacuum. The hand piece is moved over the skin with repeated single, smooth passes. Usually, two to four passes per area are sufficient.

Mild pinkness of the skin is the desired outcome and usually resolves within minutes to hours after microdermabrasion. In addition, mild exfoliation of skin may occur as well. Continuously apply moisturizer or ointment if exfoliation occurs. Patients may also experience mild sunburn-like sensation for a few days. Moreover, liberal application of sunscreen is recommended as photosensitivity may be increased after treatment.

Microdermabrasion may help stimulate the production of collagen, thereby helping skin rejuvenation. As age spots from photoaging and fine lines are diminished, the skin may become softer and smoother. The results are fairly modest, however. During the procedure you may feel a mild scratching, vibrating sensation and suction as the procedure removes the superficial skin cells and lift off the dead skin. In general any discomfort experienced as part of microdermabrasion is usually short-lived. Your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. Be sure to use sunscreen, especially immediately following a microdermabrasion session.

Am I a good candidate for microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is somewhat useful for people with dull or sallow skin, mild acne, acne discoloration, pick marks, and very superficial acne scars. Microdermabrasion may be a good treatment option for patients with superficial skin problems and busy lifestyles who are looking for some improvement with virtually no side effects or downtime. Individuals with deeper acne scars may expect a much longer series of treatments or likely benefit from our resurfacing laser, the fantastic one Intracel.

Is my age appropriate for microdermabrasion?

While there are no specific age or sex restrictions, typically children over age 12 up to adults age 65 can get microdermabrasion. While there is no age maximum, mature skin over age 70 may have slightly higher risks of bruising and skin abrasions. Individuals younger than age 12 may sometimes also receive treatment under the care of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

What does the vacuum do in microdermabrasion?

The vacuum part of microdermabrasion has four basic roles:

  • It gently pulls and lifts a small section of skin for micro abrasion.
  • It can spray a stream of crystals across the targeted skin area.
  • It focally stimulates blood circulation and creates mild swelling in the skin.
  • It collects the used crystals and dead skin in a receptacle for easy disposal.

Does microdermabrasion help with acne scars?

Microdermabrasion may be very useful for people with active acne, mild acne discoloration, pick marks, and very superficial or raised acne scars. Dermatologists use microdermabrasion to help unclog pores and clear acne. Often used in combination with gentle glycolic peels and medical acne extractions, microderm can help speed up acne clearing.

Individuals with deeper acne scars may expect a much longer series of treatments or might be candidates for our resurfacing laser Intracel.

Can microdermabrasion help with melasma?

Yes, microderm can be helpful in treating melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation. Optimal melasma treatment might typically include biweekly or monthly microderm combined with glycolic acid peels, fading creams like hydroquinone 4%, and daily sunscreens. Multiple treatments in combination with sunscreen and sun avoidance and other creams help yield best results, although permanent improvement is not to be expected.for refractory deeper pigmentation we chose our medlite C6 laser, or do chemical peel depending on patient skin type, and the season.

Can microdermabrasion help with keratosis pilaris?

Microdermabrasion can help temporarily improve the appearance of keratosis pilaris (especially on the upper arms). Optimally, the microdermabrasion is given biweekly or monthly and is combined with topical special creams and weekly glycolic-acid peels.