Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical, non-chemical facial rejuvenation treatment that makes the skin smoother by exfoliating the top layers of skin and thickening collagen. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. today.
Collagen is a protein in the body that keeps our skin looking young. During the natural aging process, the body begins to produce less collagen, which is one of the reasons we start to look older.
The skin resurfacing technique of microdermabrasion is effective in improving the appearance of:
- Dull skin
- Uneven, coarse skin texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
- Large pores
- Hyperpigmentation, such as age spots, sun spots, melasma, and patches of darkened skin
- Sun damage
- Scars, including acne scars and surgical scars
After microdermabrasion, your skin will feel and look smoother, younger, healthier, and brighter. Microdermabrasion is primarily used on the face, but it is a skin rejuvenation procedure that can also be used to treat other areas of the body that may contain scars, sun damage, or hyperpigmentation.
Similar to a procedure called dermabrasion, microdermabrasion was developed in Italy in 1985 and became available in the U.S. in 1998. It is considered safer than dermabrasion.
What to Expect From Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is not a laser procedure. The treatment is performed with a handheld device that gently exfoliates the top layers of skin, exposing the new cells underneath for a fresher look. The device also provides a light suction action that aids in the removal of the cells on the surface on the skin.
It feels like a light scratching on your skin, but it is not generally painful. In fact, the procedure is so mild that an anesthetic is not required. The device we use in our office utilizes aluminum oxide crystals for exfoliation.
Each treatment usually takes about a half hour, and the results should last for approximately a month.
Recovering from Microdermabrasion
Since microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure, no recovery period or downtime is necessary. You can return home or to work immediately after your treatment.
You may, however, find that your skin becomes slightly red or flaky in the first few days after microdermabrasion. Be sure to wear sun block when you are outside, and you will be instructed how to care for your skin to speed the healing process and ease any discomfort.
Microdermabrasion is an excellent treatment to rejuvenate and revitalize the skin.
Contact our office at (415) 362-2238 to find out more about microdermabrasion in San Francisco.