Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It’s largely responsible for protecting us against drying out or getting poisoned from toxic compounds and microorganisms in the environment. But many people overlook the fact that our skin plays a very important role in our sex appeal. Beautiful, young looking skin is an ideal that has been around for ages and plays an enormous role in how we feel about ourselves. People with youthful looking skin not only look younger, but feel and act younger as well.
Microdermabrasion is one of several important skin maintenance procedures that is often forgotten. It is the process of evenly and safely exfoliating, or removing dead skin cells from the skin. This is accomplished by using a special device that circulates aluminum oxide crystals on the skin and then suctions these crystals and the resulting loosened dead skin cells from the surface. Just below the surface of these dead skin cells is a fresher, younger looking surface. Since your skin is constantly producing new skin cells, bringing these newer cells to the surface produces a brighter, clearer, more evenly toned, younger appearance. Other benefits include the improvement or appearance of scars, fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation problems.
Microdermabrasion is a comfortable, gentle procedure that can be performed in about 30 minutes. Patients will have no problem continuing on with their busy schedule immediately following treatment. For best results patients should maintain a monthly regimen of microdermabrasion treatments to keep their skin looking its best.
Is it painful?
Microdermabrasion is not at all a painful process. Most patients describe the feeling as similar to gently scratching your face. This feeling is created by the circulation and suctioning of the aluminum oxide crystals on your skin.
What results can I expect and how soon?
We use microdermabrasion as a treatment by itself or often in conjunction with laser based treatments, but patients will generally notice their skin is slightly pink immediately after treatment. Within a couple of hours you’ll notice your skin looks smoother taking on a polished appearance. With additional treatments patients will notice less defined age spots or discoloration of the skin, reduction in fine lines, and a softening of the skin.
Will I need only one microdermabrasion treatment?
To get the most out of microdermabrasion, patients will usually want to get a series of treatments; however, you’ll notice some improvement with one. After completing a series of treatments spaced out about 2 weeks apart, most patients are able to maintain their newly smooth, healthy, youthful skin appearance with monthly maintenance treatments.
Are there any special instructions I need to follow after a microderabrasion procedure?
The only after treatment care which is essential is to where a moisturizer that contains proper UVA and UVB sunscreen with an SPF of at least 25. While using such a moisturizer is considered part of a good daily skin care regimen, it must be worn for at least two days following microdermabrasion.
How long do I have to wait between procedures?
In most cases patients may schedule treatment sessions as close as 2 weeks apart. However, we generally recommend after undergoing a series of microdermabrasion treatments, monthly maintenance to keep your skin looking young and beautiful.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes, the treatment is very safe. There is no pain and no down time associated with microdermabrasion.
How much does it cost?
Costs are generally $100 per session for the face and vary on other body areas depending upon the size of the area being treated. Packages of sessions can be purchased at considerable discounts. LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic also offers Care Credit Patient Payment plans.