If you are looking to rejuvenate your
skin without downtime, you may want to consider microdermabrasion.
This resurfacing procedure gently exfoliates, revealing skin that is
smoother, brighter, and more even in tone.
Signs of Aging Treated
Age spots and patches of darker
Dullness that develops in aging
Scars, can smooth very shallow
Uneven skin tone or texture
The microdermabrasion procedure
performed in a dermatologist’s office may be used to treat signs of
aging on the face, neck, chest, and hands.
Your dermatologist may suggest microdermabrasion to improve the
results seen from using topical (applied to the skin) anti-aging
therapy. Microdermabrasion allows topical medication to more easily
penetrate the skin, which makes topicals more effective.
When See Results from
It is rare for a single microdermabrasion treatment to
significantly reduce signs of aging. Results are seen after a series
of treatments, which may be performed every week or every other
week. Typically, between 5 and 16 sessions are needed to diminish
signs of aging.
Recent medical studies have shown that microdermabrasion causes
the skin to produce new collagen — a process that your dermatologist
may call collagen remodeling. Collagen, which diminishes with age,
acts as a supporting structure for the skin.
While this sounds encouraging, it is important to realize that the
improvement seen after microdermabrasion tends to be modest. Because
microdermabrasion does not deeply penetrate the skin, it cannot
produce the results seen after a skin resurfacing procedure that
penetrates more deeply such as dermabrasion.
Most people report smoother-feeling skin and a more radiant
complexion. Makeup may be easier to apply. With a series of
microdermabrasion treatments performed by a dermatologist, who can
offer more aggressive treatment than a spa or an at-home kit, fine
wrinkles and darker patches of skin may be diminished. Scars that
are shallow also can be effectively treated.
Possible Side Effects
These are temporary. Some people experience bruising, a burning
or stinging sensation, extreme sensitivity to sunlight, or pain.
These will go away without treatment.
How Long Results Last
By avoiding the sun and following the recommended skin-care
plan, some people keep the age spots and fine wrinkles from
returning for years. But, aging is a continual process. Follow-up
treatments are usually necessary to help retain smoother skin and a
more radiant complexion.
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The results seen after
microdermabrasion performed by a dermatologist will be
more visible than the results possible with an at-home