When you look in the mirror, do you feel that your skin seems lacklustre? Are you plagued by old acne scarring, pigmentation or sun damage, or just dry, tired-looking skin that makes you seem older than you really are? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be considering non-surgical facial cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate your appearance. One of the most popular treatments currently available is known as microdermabrasion.

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a very popular skin rejuvenation procedure that is a less invasive alternative to conventional dermabrasion. The process works by removing the very outer layers of dead skin cells, revealing new and unblemished skin underneath that is far smoother and more radiant. It is completely painless, meaning that no anesthetic is required.

The process itself uses fine crystals to exfoliate the skin and cause the outermost layer of skin cells to come away. These are then removed from your face using a small vacuum. The procedure takes around 30 minutes, after which you can return to your usual day. Although some people do opt for just a single microdermabrasion session, optimal results usually require a series of between four and six session.

Recovering from microdermabrasion

Fortunately, the minimally-invasive nature of microdermabrasion means that recovery is usually a swift and straightforward process. You will find that your skin is fairly pink and may feel tight, almost like you have mild sunburn, for the first 24 hours after your microdermabrasion procedure. You shouldn’t require any pain relief and can return to most jobs immediately. However, you will be asked to avoid certain activities such as swimming and saunas, and from wearing cosmetics for at least 48 hours. This will help ensure that you get the best results from your microdermabrasion treatment.

What type of results can I expect from microdermabrasion?

Since it is significantly less invasive than other types of facial rejuvenation, the results of microdermabrasion are fairly subtle but extremely effective. People that you come into contact with will notice that you looked refreshed and radiant, but it will not be obvious that you have had a non-invasive cosmetic treatment. Virtually all patients are delighted at the refined improvement in their appearance which can last for a number of months before further treatment may be considered.

Am I a suitable candidate for microdermabrasion?

One of the best things about microdermabrasion is that it is suitable for virtually all skin types and colors. Nevertheless, each candidate is assessed for the treatment on an individual basis. Good candidates are typically in good physical and emotional health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure.

Microdermabrasion can help treat problems such as:

  • Skin that is sun damaged

  • Areas of dark pigmentation

  • Age spots

  • Surface acne

  • Enlarged pores

Microdermabrasion is generally not recommended for patients with active acne or keloid scars, warts, rosacea and other more extensive skin problems or heavily damaged skin.

If you have further questions about microdermabrasion, or if you would like to schedule your confidential consultation with our experienced cosmetic team, please get in touch by calling our plastic surgery offices in Boca Raton, FL today on (561) 220-6360.