Microdermabrasion. The term itself lends to the perception that this cosmetic dermatology treatment could be aggressive. In fact, the micro-abrasive technique is quite gentle. It is a far cry from the standard dermabrasion procedures that used to be common. In our St. Charles practice, microdermabrasion has helped many patients manage a variety of concerns, ranging from acne to the signs of aging. Does that mean you can stop by for a quick beauty-boosting treatment this summer? It does!
What is Microdermabrasion?
Modern microdermabrasion treatments are performed in dermatology offices and medical spas all over the world. This treatment is conducted by a trained skin care professional such as a doctor, nurse, or esthetician. During the procedure, the skin is cleansed and thoroughly dried before a wand is slowly passed over the surface of the face.
There are two functions performed by the microdermabrasion wand. One is to slough away the uppermost layer of skin cells. The other is to suction these cells away from the face immediately after they are dislodged. Some microdermabrasion techniques dismantle the outer epidermis using tiny crystals or other organic particles, some do so with an abrasive tip. As the surface of the skin is gently ablated, the lymphatic system is activated to drain toxins from the face and neck. Circulation to the skin increases and the unblemished cells that have been lying beneath a sheet of dead and damaged cells are now visible.
Microdermabrasion has been used for many years to address a variety of cosmetic and dermatologic complaints, including age spots, uneven skin tone, fine lines, sun damage, and acne scarring. Reasons to keep microdermabrasion in mind as a summertime beauty treatment include:
- Treatment is gentle. The abrasive method of removing skin cells eliminates the need to apply chemicals to the skin. Most patients who undergo microdermabrasion do not need any downtime. However, we do strongly advise the use of SPF 30 or higher sunscreen to decrease further sun damage.
- Microdermabrasion reduces sun damage. UV exposure has been identified as a primary factor in premature aging. Microdermabrasion sloughs off the damaged cells that have surfaced and also encourages collagen production to promote healthier cells deeper beneath the surface.
- Revive a healthy glow. The presence of dead and damaged cells can severely diminish the skin’s natural radiance. Removing this layer of debris allows younger, healthier cells to shine. Hello, makeup-free summer!