For a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment, microdermabrasion is a great alternative to other procedures like BOTOX® injections, chemical peels, and plastic surgery. In order to decide if microdermabrasion is right for you, it’s important to know the facts.
Microdermabrasion is an innovative technique that uses tiny, coarse grains in order to buff away the outermost layer of your skin. While several at-home treatments promise the same results, these ingredients work best when applied and performed by a skin care professional. The face, neck, chest, hands, or arms can be treated, among other areas. In order to understand how microdermabrasion works, it’s helpful to know how the skin works.
How Your Skin Works
Your skin is comprised of two primary layers, the dermis and the epidermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer of skin. It’s made up of dead skin cells stacked on top of more layers of cells that are constantly maturing. The layer on the very top is known as the stratum corneum. This layer primarily serves as a barrier between your deeper skin layers and the environment. It helps keep everything but the tiniest molecules from penetrating your deeper skin tissue. This specific layer also plays host to several skin imperfections, including blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles.
How Microdermabrasion Treats Acne Scars
Microdermabrasion is a very helpful treatment for individuals with raised or superficial acne scars, active acne, pick marks, and mild acne discoloration. Dermatologists often use microdermabrasion to clear up acne by unclogging pores and preventing further breakouts. Typically used together with clinical acne extractions and mild glycolic peels, microdermabrasion is effective in helping to clear acne up without further irritating the skin.
People with deep acne scarring will likely require longer treatments overall or could even be good candidates for other rejuvenation treatments, which can be discussed during your consultation.
Benefits of Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion can successfully create results that naturally and subtly enhance the facial features. Most microdermabrasion treatments are performed in a series. The number of treatments you’ll need will be largely based on the general condition of your skin as well as your skin type. A standard microdermabrasion treatment consists of six sessions, 10-14 days apart.
When the external layer of your skin is removed, it will be in a more vulnerable, unprotected state. Taking proper precautions in the sun and limiting sun exposure will be necessary for a couple of days after treatment. It is key to wear sunscreen during this time, even if it is cloudy outside. Avoid high-impact exercise or swimming in harsh chemicals like chlorine while the skin is regenerating.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you’re suffering from acne or acne scarring, microdermabrasion could be the solution for you. At Doctors Approach in Okemos, our med spa team will work with you to determine the most effective treatment for your needs. Contact Doctors Approach today to schedule your consultation.