Microdermoabrasion is a very popular treatment that can successfully improve many signs of aging and the damage caused by sun exposure. It is a non-invasive procedure. Many parts of the body can be treated with microdermoabrasion such as the face, neck and arms.
The best candidates for microdermoabrasion are those in the early stage of aging. The treatment can be also performed in teens (particularly in case of mild acne scarring and skin hyperpigmentation). The procedure improves the appearance of poorly textured skin, fine lines and large and clogged pores.
Microdermoabrasion is suitable treatment for people suffering from severe acne scars, advanced aging signs, sunburns, excessive discoloration (hyperpigmentation) of the skin and some skin disorders.
Prior the procedure a person should consult a well experienced dermatologist who will exam the patient, investigate his/ her medical history and recommend microdermoabrasion or chose other treatment modality. Some people may not benefit from microdermoabrasion and they can be recommended other treatments such as laser scar removal, facelift or other anti-aging treatments.
It is essential to inform a dermatologist about all the previous cosmetic surgeries. It is also important to mention if the person scars easily or has had history of keloids. People suffering from acne are due to report if they have taken retinoids in the past. The pause between taking these medications and microdermoabrasion must be at least 6 months. In case the procedure is performed earlier the risk for some side effects increases.
Microdermoabrasion- the Very Procedure
Prior the treatment the skin must be cleaned properly and all make-up and oils must be removed. The patient is also supposed to remove contact lenses and is given eye protection. The procedure includes spraying of very fine particles onto the face. These particles are simultaneously vacuumed away. Both spraying and vacuuming is performed with the assistance of a handheld device. The procedure does not require anesthesia.
Microdermoabrasion lasts less than an hour. After being treated the skin is cleaned of particles, dried and covered with an ointment or moisturizer.
The treated skin is a bit pink and slightly red. It may be also swollen. These side effects are common and they generally disappear within a day. In case redness of the skin lingers the person is due to consult the dermatologist as soon as possible.
The doctor gives the patient a skin-care plan. Sun protection is essential part of this plan. By doing so the best possible results are achieved and the risk of side effects is reduced to a minimum.