Microdermabrasion is a treatment used to renew the skin tone and texture of patients’ skin. The procedure removes the outer layer of the patients’ skin by using a special applicator that is applied to the abrasive surface of the skin. The feeling may appear scratchy at first, but the feeling is comparable to a deep massage later on in the treatment. The device effectively sands down the skin so that the new skin is visible. The appearance of the rejuvenated skin improves the appearance. The treatment is mainly used to remove wrinkles, acne, fine lines, sun damage, age spots, scarring, melasma, and other issues related to skin.
Microdermabrasion is generally considered a safe procedure for patients that a considering the procedure. Patients should consider seeking out treatment for the following conditions:
Patients that wish to remove wrinkles and fine lines may consider using Microdermabrasion on the targeted area. The increased skin renewal will eliminate skin imperfections.
A dermatologist can use the procedure to eliminate acne in the areas where the patient has acne. The procedure helps unclog pores and clear acne from the targeted area.
Microdermabrasion can be used to remove the dead skin cells that patients have after receiving sun damage. A freezing spray is usually applied by the doctor before the special applicator/brush is applied to the sun-damaged skin.
Similar to the removal of wrinkles and fine lines, microdermabrasion can be used to remove age spots and brown dots on patients. The exfoliating treatment uses tiny crystals on the applicator to “sand” the areas of the skin so that the areas are renewed to the patients’ benefit.
Microdermabrasion can be used successfully for mild scarring due to acne and scarring from surgery. Deep scarring from acne, like boxcar and ice pick scars cannot be resolved from microdermabrasion. The procedure is only beneficial for mild acne scars such as hypertrophic and keloid scars, but in some instances, the procedure can make the scarring worse.
Melasma is the skin condition in which brown or Blue Gray spots appear on individuals’ skin. The disease occurs due to the overproduction of the skin cells that are used to make the colour of skin. Patients that have melasma can seek to use Microdermabrasion to successfully treat the skin disease.
Patients should expect pink skin immediately after the procedure. The skin should recover 24 hours after the treatment. The time that it takes for a patient is significantly less the dermabrasion. The procedure also does not require surgery
To help with the maintenance of the skin after the procedure, patients may consider using a wet cloth and rehydrating toner over the skin to remove any dead skin that was left behind from the procedure. Patients can also use a rich moisturizer that can be applied to the skin 4-6 days after the treatment to help decrease excessive peeling.
Microdermabrasion has been medically proven to improve multiple different areas for patients:
Before undergoing Microdermabrasion treatment patients need to consider the following steps for preparation.
What are the risks associated with Microdermabrasion?
After the procedure, the patient may notice the following symptoms:
It was also worth adding that individuals who take the acne medicine isotretinoin in the past 6 months should avoid Microdermabrasion because of the risk of scarring.
Patients that also notice spots or patches of skin that are growing, bleeding or have altered overtime should also seek screening for skin cancer and should consult with their doctor regarding these issues.
Individuals that scar easily and that are prone to cold sore outbreaks should also avoid the treatment.
Does Microdermabrasion work for Eczema?
Patients that have Eczema should avoid this treatment. Some other treatments and medications can be prescribed for Eczema, but Microdermabrasion should not be utilized in this circumstance. Other skin conditions such as rosacea, herpes, lupus, psoriasis, dermatitis, open sores are also not recommended for Microdermabrasion.
Can I go back to work after receiving Microdermabrasion?
Yes, you can go back to work after. Some patients report a feeling of tightness after the procedure or dry skin. After the treatment is recommended to apply moisturizer to prevent the drying of the skin. The skin may also appear to be red. The redness may appear for half an hour or one day depending on the intensity of the treatment and other circumstances. Patients should also refrain from applying makeup after the procedure to let the skin heal.
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