Microdermabrasion is a medically based, in-office treatment designed to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. During a microdermabrasion session, a powerful, yet gentle machine uses vacuum pressure to move tiny crystals over the skin’s surface to remove dead cells, stimulate collagen, and circulate more blood and oxygen to the surface.
Not to be confused with “at-home” kits that simply exfoliate the skin, this treatment is only performed in a physician’s office by medically trained clinicians. Generally, we recommend combining a series of six treatments, three to four weeks apart, and professional skincare products to improve sun-damage, acne and acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and overall texture of the skin. You may need more than one series to achieve the desired results. Although microdermabrasion treats most skin types and conditions, the procedure is not for active cystic acne.
What to expect:
Before the procedure, a clinician cleanses the face, removing surface makeup, oil and/or dirt, and covers the eyes to protect them. After adjusting the power of the vacuum and the flow of crystals to the desired levels, the clinician applies the tip of the handpiece to the skin and moves a stream of crystals slowly over the surface of the face. The pressure and number of passes over the face vary for each individual. Upon completion of the procedure, the clinician removes the crystals with cool water and applies a calming and hydrating cream or lotion to the skin, followed by sunscreen.
The skin may be pink or “glowing” after the treatment, but this condition usually dissipates after a few hours. For women returning to work or attending an event, we recommend applying a mineral-based makeup to assist in covering any redness and lessen any chance of sensitivity or reaction.
After your first treatment, your clinician observes how your skin reacts and determines the number and frequency of future sessions. In addition, your clinician will recommend professional skin care products to help you reach the desired results and control how your skin responds.