Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive, skin resurfacing procedure that gently exfoliates the top layer of dead skin cells, while stimulating collagen growth, to reveal healthy new skin that looks and feels smoother. Fine lines, blemishes, dull skin and sunspots can be improved, with regular treatments.
Skin care products such as moisturizers and lotions are more easily absorbed and therefore more effective after microdermabrasion treatment. This is a painless, low-risk skin treatment that can be added to maintain a beautiful complexion.
When to Consider microdermabrasion
- If you want to have a healthy glow
- If you have age spots, acne scars, or fine lines
- If your pores are clogged and you often have blackheads or whiteheads
- If you want to maintain healthy, clear skin
- Instant results with no downtime, pain, or side effects
- Improved look of scars, wrinkles, and skin spots
- Effective for all skin types and colors
- Cannot help serious skin conditions such as deep wrinkles or acne, active rosacea, eczema or dermatitis
- Requires maintenance treatments for maximum effectiveness
- Skin may feel sensitive and be sensitive to the sun immediately after treatment
These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering microdermabrasion. If you want to focus on what is unique to you, please consult with our Esthetician.
How is a microdermabrasion procedure performed?
Microdermabrasion is performed by our licensed skincare professional in Dr. Jensen’s office.
There are two general methods for microdermabrasion:
For this type of microdermabrasion, a hand piece emits crystals onto the surface of the skin, resulting in a gentle abrasion. The dead skin cells along with the crystals are suctioned off instantaneously.
This type of microdermabrasion works with a diamond-tip hand piece that gently exfoliates dead skin cells. Like the crystal microdermabrasion, the dead skin is suctioned off right away in the same hand piece. The diamond-tip microdermabrasion is safer to perform closer to the eyes and has more flexibility in sensitive areas or on more sensitive skin.
Microdermabrasion is often combined with a light chemical peel to increase the effect. Immediately after your treatment, a moisturizer with sun block will be applied to hydrate and protect your skin.
Note that if you have a serious skin condition such as deep, widespread acne, active rosacea, eczema, or dermatitis, then your esthetician might have other recommendations for you. Skin lesions, open sores, herpes breakouts, and other medical conditions may require other treatments before having microdermabrasion.
How do I prepare for a microdermabrasion procedure?
Our esthetician will provide thorough pretreatment instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history, and perform a skin exam to determine if you a candidate for treatment. She may ask you about the following:
- Open sores, wounds, or cuts on your face that can lead to infection
- Medication that makes your skin sensitive such as Retin-A
- Any skin conditions that may be made worse by microdermabrasion
In advance of your procedure, your esthetician will ask you to:
- Avoid direct sun exposure for six weeks prior to your procedure
- Hydration is very important before and after treatments
On the day of your procedure, it is helpful to have a clean face without too much makeup or products.
What can I expect on the day of treatment?
Your microdermabrasion will be performed in our office-based esthetician suite. Each treatment takes thirty minutes to one hour to complete.
Your esthetician will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After treatment, you will receive detailed instructions about your post-treatment care, including information about:
- Normal symptoms to expect
- Potential signs of complication
Some of the major benefits of microdermabrasion are that there are minimal side effects and downtime. The suction and exfoliation might cause some mild swelling and redness on your skin. After applying a moisturizer with sun block, your skin should soon normalize. Makeup can be applied and you may return to your normal daily activity.
It is recommended that you wait twenty-four hours before doing extremely strenuous exercise. It is always recommended that you wear sun block outside to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
If you have extreme or long lasting pain or notice increasing redness and swelling contact our esthetician to find out if this is normal or a sign of a problem.
For optimal results and to help minimize certain risks, it is important that you maintain a routine and schedule future maintenance treatments with our esthetician.
Obagi is a brand of skin care products designed to develop and maintain healthy skin through an advanced line of cleansers, toners, eye creams, sunscreens, serums and other beneficial products.These products, available only from a physician, have been used for many years to improve the appearance of the skin, reduce the signs of aging and treat and prevent some of the most common skin conditions, including acne, rosacea and more. With a unique combination of vitamins, minerals and other natural elements, each product is designed with a distinct function to produce healthy, beautiful skin.
Obagi skin products can also be used in conjunction with Obagi procedures, such as the Blue Peel, for maximum results and especially to repair severely damaged skin. Your doctor will develop a customized treatment plan for you based on a thorough evaluation of your individual skin condition.
Obagi Nu-Derm is a skin treatment program used alone or as a preparation for other procedures to develop and maintain healthy skin. Designed for easy use at home, in six weeks - the time it takes for the outer layer of your skin to be replaced with the fresh one beneath - the Nu-Derm System transforms damaged, dry or wrinkled areas into smooth, soft and well-moisturized skin.
Nu-Derm also strengthens your skin against day-to-day damage, reduces the appearance of blemishes and other discoloration, improves circulation, and rebuilds collagen for a fuller, younger look.
Obagi Clenziderm MD
Obagi Clenziderm products are designed to treat the symptoms of acne and prevent future breakouts with a unique prescription-strength formula that deeply penetrates pores to reduce inflammation and eradicate whiteheads and blackheads.
For the most effective results, patients should use the complete Clenziderm system, which may include a cleanser, pore treatment, serum, moisturizer and more to keep the skin clean, unclog pores and produce clearer, healthier skin in as little as two weeks.
Obagi ElastiDerm is an advanced eye treatment that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by restoring elasticity and building collagen in the skin. With a unique bi-mineral complex known as Copper Zinc Malonate, as well as an advanced therapeutic technology, the ElastiDerm eye cream produces highly effective results for most patients.
As we age, the rate at which our skin sheds and replenishes itself slows down. This leaves a layer of dead cells on the surface of the skin, contributing to an aged appearance. Facials help exfoliate the damaged layer to reveal the younger, healthier skin beneath. Some of the ingredients used can be natural fruits and plant extracts, essential oils, vitamins, collagen and elastin. Facials reduce the signs of aging and can also improve skin conditions such as acne, dry or oily skin, and uneven texture or pigmentation. Facials are tailored to each patient for optimal results.
Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz).
A minimally abrasive treatment that is one of the easiest and most effective anti-aging procedures available.
A chemical peel that features glycolic acid as the main component. Glycolic acid is currently a popular treatment for wrinkles and acne.
This treatment combines the benefits of both microdermabrasion and glycolic peel for the ultimate in skin care treatments.
Acne Management Facial
A customized facial to purify and clarify your skin and promote a healthy complexion.
Waxing & Tinting Treatments
Precise techniques for hair removal using skin friendly wax that is gentle and effective.
These are amazing chemical peels that can help reduce the visible signs of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These peels can help achieve a healthier, more radiant, and more youthful appearance by brightening skin and improving its color and clarity. After a series of 3 to 6 SkinMedica peels you will notice minimizing of the appearance of skin imperfections such as age/dark spots, acne-prone skin, and premature aging caused by sun exposure.