Microdermabrasion is a medical procedure that exfoliates and removes the outer, superficial layer of dry or dead skin cells. A microdermabrasion machine used by a licensed aesthetician can buff and polish the skin using a stream of fine crystals or even a diamond tip. Some systems even have a suction to vacuum these loose skin cells off the face.
There are many reasons why someone may choose to endure microdermabrasion. These include sun damage, light scarring, stretch marks, or even discoloration of the skin. This treatment can help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, correct acne and/or acne scars, reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars, change the size, shape and appearance of large pores, improve patches of dark skin, reduce the appearance of age spots, eliminate black heads, and refresh the skin by exfoliation. This procedure thickens the collagen that provides the younger-looking skin a patient is looking for. As we age, the collagen level in our skin reduces, leading to loose and uneven skin and more visible scarring.
At ThriveMD, our patients with uneven pigmentation, clogged pores, and fine lines have all seen remarkable success with microdermabrasion. Also, individuals with melasma, a pigmentation from hormones, inflammation, and ultraviolet light, may see benefits too. How often someone gets a microdermabrasion facial will depend on their particular skincare needs. Most in-office procedures are scheduled every one to two months. If you have any reservations on how your skin will react to this exfoliation, we can assure you this procedure isn’t painful, but may leave the skin red and sensitive for a few hours.
Ultimately, microdermabrasion is a gentler approach to exfoliation rather than a deep chemical peel or resurfacing laser treatment. It helps to keep the skin feeling smooth and to help the pigment look more even. It also clears any clogged pores with whiteheads or blackheads, which reduces incidences of acne. It isn’t great for deep wrinkles, growths, or redness though.
To learn more about microdermabrasion and what it can do for your skin, call ThriveMD today for a free consultation at (720) 534-2333 today.