The skin you’re in is the largest organ that belongs to your body. It also plays a vital role in your overall well-being. Your skin is responsible for protecting you from the elements. As a result, it’s often exposed to harsh conditions that can leave it looking less than its best. That’s what makes skincare such an important part of a daily routine, especially when you find that your exterior isn’t matching up any longer with the vibrant interior you possess.
Over time, excessive exposure to elements like UV rays from the sun or pollution that lingers in the air can take a toll on skin’s texture, tone, and overall appearance. Prolonged exposure to these types of elements can provoke the development of premature fine lines and wrinkles. While these are natural results of exposure and the aging process, they can be frustrating aesthetically. Often, fine lines, wrinkles, and even minor pigment and texture changes can cause someone to feel they look older than they are. This is especially true for developments that center on the face.
Fortunately, these changes aren’t something anyone simply has to accept and live with. Advancements in cosmetic technology mean that these days, there are ample options for pursuing improvements when you’re looking to improve skin tone and regain your youthful appearance. One of these techniques is microdermabrasion. As always, for best results, you will want to ensure that you receive skin care services from a Board Certified Dermatologist office with experts in skin, hair, and nails.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a successful and safe technique regularly used by cosmetic physicians to help patients restore their skin quality, tone, and appearance. The popularity of microdermabrasion has grown in recent years thanks to the successful results it offers up as well as its non-invasive nature. There’s no general aesthetic used in tandem with microdermabrasion which means no hospital visits or prolonged recovery time with a risk of potential infection or complications. Microdermabrasion is considered very safe on almost all skin types and removes the risk of allergic reaction linked to some of the chemicals used in other skin improvement cosmetic techniques.
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
In many cases, the reason a person’s face begins to look aged is because dead layers of skin cells have accumulated on the surface over time. This can create a dull look and paired with any new fine lines or wrinkles, can age appearance with ease.
Microdermabrasion reverses these detrimental effects by effectively removing the outer layer of dead skin cells from the surface. This process naturally stimulates collagen production in the body. Over time, it’s normal for both collagen and elastin levels to taper off. Provoking production leads to smoother, healthier skin that heals more quickly and looks volumized and refreshed.
The Benefits of Microdermabrasion
The reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is a well-known benefit linked to the process of microdermabrasion. As dead skin cells are eliminated from the surface, new skin cells have room to develop, creating a surface that’s free from lines, more evenly toned, and smoother to the touch. Many patients who opt for microdermabrasion also lean towards this technique for the extra soft skin they find as a result when the procedure is complete. Beyond treating fine lines and wrinkles, microdermabrasion often proves successful at reducing the appearance of acne scars across the skin as well. This is a great follow-up option when scar-reducing creams and serums have proved unsuccessful.
What the Treatment Entails
Before undergoing microdermabrasion, a patient will have a consultation with a cosmetic physician to pinpoint problem areas and make sure skin is well-prepped for the procedure. It’s common for a skincare regime to be suggested leading up to treatment in order to ensure successful results.
This type of skin treatment is considered outpatient and can be done right in the comfort of the attending physician’s office. To perform microdermabrasion, a hand-held wand is moved gently over the surface of the targeted treatment area. This wand emits micro-crystals that polish away dead skin cells while a small vacuum suctions away residue simultaneously. The result is skin that’s smooth, glowing, and renewed.
After treatment is complete, specialized moisturizers and serums are often applied to the skin. This makes for quicker healing and provides a volume and moisture boost that feels and looks great too.
Results and Recovery
Another great benefit to microdermabrasion is the minimal to non-existent recovery time associated with the procedure. At most, patients report feelings of slight discomfort or redness at the treatment site that are easily treated with over-the-counter pain medications as needed. Many patients will see immediate results following microdermabrasion with improved results in the weeks after. Typically, multiple sessions are needed to achieve ideal results. The number of sessions is specific to each patient and thoroughly discussed during the initial consultation.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you’re interested in learning more about the many benefits of microdermabrasion, the team at the Skin & Vein Center is here to answer your call. Reach out today to speak with us or to schedule your consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!