If you’re like most people, there’s probably some aspect of your skin you’d like to improve. Perhaps years of sun damage have left you with uneven skin tone and texture, or premature aging is making you feel self-conscious about your appearance or holding you back from opportunities. You may have assumed painful or invasive procedures were the only way to resolve these concerns, but fortunately, that isn’t the case. A procedure called microdermabrasion is a quick way to look younger with no downtime.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical, non-chemical facial rejuvenation treatment that makes the skin noticeably smoother by exfoliating dull, dead layers of skin. It is one of the most in-demand cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. today.

Another advantage of microdermabrasion is that treatments can help you improve the results gained from using anti-aging products. Microdermabrasion allows these topical creams, lotions, and serums to penetrate the skin more easily.

Microdermabrasion is also a way to rebuild collagen, which is a structural protein in the body that keeps our skin firm and taut. During the natural aging process, the body begins to produce less collagen, which is one of the reasons we start to develop the wrinkles and sagging that characterize the aging process.

Benefits of Microdermabrasion

The skin resurfacing technique of microdermabrasion is effective in improving the appearance of:

  • Dull skin
  • Coarse skin texture
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Large pores
  • Blackheads
  • Hyperpigmentation, such as age spots, sunspots, melasma, and patches of darkened skin
  • Sun damage
  • Scars, including acne scars and surgical scars

After microdermabrasion, your skin will feel and look softer, smoother, younger, healthier, and brighter. Microdermabrasion is primarily for your face, but it is a skin rejuvenation procedure that can also treat other areas of the body that may contain scars, sun damage, or hyperpigmentation.

Like a procedure called dermabrasion, microdermabrasion was developed in Italy in 1985 and became available in the U.S. in 1998. Most experts agree it is safer than dermabrasion.

Preparing for Your Microdermabrasion

To determine if you are a good candidate for microdermabrasion, Dr. Matarasso will examine your skin quality and ask about the skin issues you are hoping to address. Based on this conversation, you may find a different cosmetic treatment is more appropriate.

Before having microdermabrasion, please tell us about your medical history and any medicines you take – including any vitamin supplements or herbal remedies. If your skin scars easily or is prone to breakouts, please let us know ahead of time.

What to Expect From Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is not a laser procedure. We perform this in-office treatment 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 slight scratching or sanding on your skin, but it is not generally painful. Because it only acts on the superficial layers of your skin, the procedure is mild enough to not require any anesthetic. The device we use in our office relies on aluminum oxide crystals for exfoliation.

Each treatment usually takes about a half-hour, and the results should last for approximately a month. If you wish, you can schedule follow-up treatments to keep your skin looking youthful. Many people achieve the best outcomes from planning a series of microdermabrasion appointments, spaced out over several months.

Recovering From Microdermabrasion

Since microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure, no recovery period or downtime is necessary. You can return home or work immediately after your treatment.

When performed by a qualified specialist in a dermatology office, microdermabrasion carries little to no risk of side effects. You may, however, find that your skin becomes slightly red or flaky in the first few days after microdermabrasion, akin to having a mild sunburn. This effect is short-lived and will resolve on its own.

Be sure to keep treated skin moisturized, and always wear sunblock when you are outside. We will send you home with specific instructions on how to care for your skin to speed the healing process and ease any discomfort.

Call Today to Schedule Your Appointment

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. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Matarasso leads a team of medical professionals who are dedicated to providing the highest standards of patient comfort and care.