Have you ever examined your reflection in the mirror and wished that you had an even skin tone? If so, you may want to consider microdermabrasion.
This non-invasive treatment gently exfoliates your skin, and after a series of sessions, your complexion will likely appear smoother, brighter, and more even in color!
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive, skin resurfacing treatment that gently exfoliates, or polishes away the top layer of dead skin cells. This procedure stimulates collagen growth to reveal new skin that looks and feels smoother. With regular treatments, you will notice a marked improvement to fine lines, blemishes, dull skin, and sunspots. This virtually painless, low-risk skin treatment has been shown to deliver dramatic results. Timeframes and individual results may vary from patient to patient.
How Does It Work?
Microdermabrasion is a general term for applying tiny rough grains to buff away the surface layer of your skin. You can have this done to your face, chest, neck, arms, or hands. During the procedure, tiny crystals are sprayed onto your skin. We use a handheld device that gently removes the top layer of your skin. You may feel a sanding sensation but will not experience pain.
It is helpful to understand how your skin works to have a clearer understanding of microdermabrasion and how it works. Your skin has two layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the outer layer that you can see and touch. It is made up of dead skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. The outer surface layer of your skin is called the stratum corneum, which acts as a barrier between the world and the lower skin layers. The stratum corneum keeps all but the smallest molecules from entering your skin.
When you apply lotions or creams to your skin, some of the moisture passes through the stratum corneum, but not all of it. You may notice some imperfections such as fine wrinkle lines and blemishes on this layer.
Microdermabrasion targets the stratum corneum without affecting the deeper layers of the skin. When you remove the stratum corneum, your body considers that as a mild injury and rushes to replace your lost skin cells with newer healthy ones. With the stratum corneum gone, the healing process brings with news skin cells that look and feel smoother. You will likely notice a significant reduction in some of the visible imperfections like sun damage, blemishes, and fine lines.
Without the stratum corneum present to act as a barrier, medicinal creams and lotions work better because more of their active ingredients can make it to the lower layers of the skin.
What Are the Benefits?
Microdermabrasion is a gentle, non-invasive treatment. Most patients report a notable reduction in their fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and age spots, along with improvement in the appearance of scars and skin texture. Microdermabrasion works well for most skin types and colors. This low-risk procedure is virtually painless with minimal downtime needed. Timeframes and individual results may vary from patient to patient.
When performed by trained, licensed practitioners, microdermabrasion has an excellent safety record. The gentle nature of this treatment has been found to be safe and effective in improving a host of skin conditions.
When to Consider Microdermabrasion
There are many reasons you may want to consider microdermabrasion. If you are looking to brighten your skin and have a healthy glow and if you desire to maintain healthy, clear skin, microdermabrasion may be right for you. It may also be a good option if you have sun damage, acne scars, fine lines, blackheads, and whiteheads.
Microdermabrasion has an appeal to many patients who would like to see more youthful skin without having downtime. Additional conditions that respond well to microdermabrasion are uneven or dull complexions, skin tones or textures, age spots, and melasma.
Microdermabrasion works well as a tool to clean out clogged pores, which makes it a beneficial option for patients whose skin is too sensitive for anti-acne drugs. There are virtually no skin type limitations for the use of microdermabrasion.
What Should I Expect?
During your microdermabrasion consultation at Santa Fe Vein & Med Spa, we will discuss your goals and the procedure. That is a great time to ask any questions and express any concerns. The treatment itself is virtually painless. Some patients reported minor itchiness when the microcrystals came in contact with their skin. Most agree that the procedure feels like a mild facial massage. You may notice a little redness during the first 24 hours following your treatment, but you should not experience any itchiness or pain. Most clients do not need any downtime and can resume their normal activities afterwards. Timeframes and individual results may vary from patient to patient.
You will be given a skincare plan after the procedure which will ensure the best possible results. Make sure to strictly follow the directions and avoid sun exposure for a few days immediately after the procedure. You will need to moisturize your skin and stop using some types of makeup for at least 24 hours after the treatment.
When Will I See Results?
Results will depend on your skin and how it reacts. Some patients report seeing results after the first treatment. You may notice a healthy glow for a few days following microdermabrasion, but the best results will be evident after repeated treatments. Most patients will require a series of treatments to see significant results. The number and frequency of procedures will depend on your skin condition and your goals. Timeframes and individual results may vary from patient to patient.
Talk To the Professionals
Contact us at Santa Fe Vein & Med Spa to learn about microdermabrasion and how it can help your skin. Dr. Kristen L. Biggs and her highly trained staff are dedicated to your health and wellness. We will answer your questions and help you determine the best course of treatment to restore your bright and youthful skin!