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Microdermabrasion

What is it ?

 

Microdermabrasion skin rejuvenation is used as a method of exfoliation, as well as to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage and stretch marks. Treatments include using a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer.

Who can have it?

The ideal candidates for microdermabrasion are healthy adults who have relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections, as well as realistic expectations about what microdermabrasion can and cannot do.

Are there any contraindications?

If the microdermabrasion candidate has the following contraindications, he/she should not receive the procedure: 

  • Current or recent use of isotretinoin (within 6 months of treatment) owing to the potential for hypertrophic scarring;

  • Facial surgery within the past two months;

  • Radiation therapy to the head;

  • A history of hypertrophic scarring anywhere on the body; and,

  • Any bacterial or viral infections affecting the skin—such as impetigo, flat warts, and herpes simplex (these must be controlled with systemic therapy prior to undergoing microdermabrasion).

How long does the treatment take?

Treatments will last approximately 30 minutes to an hour and are commonly referred to as the "lunch hour facial.”

What is the pain level? (1-10)

1 (easily tolerated). Causes a mild warming or tingling sensation that most patients describe in positive terms.

What should I be concerned about?

Any discomfort experienced as part of microdermabrasion is usually short-lived. This can include redness and swelling, which should subside within a few hours. Later, you can expect the skin to be flaky and dry for several days. Additional microdermabrasion risks include bruising, which can occur from the suction and may last several days. Your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. Be sure to use sunscreen, especially immediately following a microdermabrasion session.

What else do I need to know?

There is no downtime or recovery period following microdermabrasion.