Microdermabrasion treatments are a non-surgical way to freshen and rejuvenate the skin on your face.
A less aggressive approach than dermabrasion, microdermabrasion treatments make use of a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer.
Microdermabrasion is used to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage, and can be used to lessen the appearance of stretch marks, among other conditions.
The technique also helps to thicken your collagen, which results in a younger looking complexion. Collagen is a protein in your skin thats abundant when youre a child and makes skin appear taut and smooth. Collagen production declines as we age, resulting in looser, uneven skin.
There are two kinds of microdermabrasion procedures. One 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.
A newer approach uses a diamond-tip wand that is gently moved across your skin to exfoliate.
Each treatment will last about a half hour. You may feel a mild scratching as the procedure removes the superficial skin cells. There is also a suction mechanism to lift off the dead skin.
Afterwards, your healthcare provider may recommend a special moisturizer or facial product to enhance and prolong your result. But there is no down time or recovery period.