Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation method for the treatment of acne scarring, sun damage, age spots, blemishes, uneven pigmentation, enlarged pores, blackheads and stretch marks. Microdermabrasion is a skin-freshening technique that helps repair facial skin that takes a beating from the sun and the effects of aging. The plastic surgeon uses a device like a fine sandblaster to spray tiny crystals across the face, mixing gentle abrasion with suction to remove the dead, outer layer
of skin. As with other skin rejuvenation techniques, more than one treatment may be needed to reduce or remove fine wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation.
Microdermabrasion removes the surface layer of the skin, without the use of chemicals, lasers or acids. The procedure utilizes a device called a "non-crystal microdermabrader," which is a wand that attaches to the skin with suction and gently sands down surface layers of the skin. This process unblocks pores, removes and vacuums away dead skin cells, and stimulates circulation.
Microdermabrasion gently polishes and exfoliates skin to help erase fine lines and wrinkles, acne, scarring and more. Until now, microdermabrasion has been done in a spa, or aesthetics salons. But the introduction of personal microdermabrasion by DermaNew gives everyone the ability to renew skin, at-home. Similar to exfoliation, microdermabrasion works to physically renew skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne and age or liver spots. When followed with DermaNew skin care, you'll experience physical rejuvenation. And you'll experience one of the great beauty secrets of the 21st century: the whole new you that exists just beneath the surface.
It is important to distinguish between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a much more invasive procedure performed using special 'sanding' devices. Dermabrasion causes as much or more damage to the skin as laser resurfacing or deep chemical peels. The skin recovery after dermabrasion takes several weeks or more. Dermabrasion has been used in cosmetic surgery for decades. However, its use has been declining since the advent of laser resurfacing.
The treated area is cleaned with a wet cloth to remove any residual crystals. After drying, a moisturizer or ointment is applied. Continue the application of moisturizer or ointment postoperatively because exfoliation may occur. Erythema generally resolves within hours after treatment, but the patient may experience a mild sunburnlike sensation for a couple of days. Sunscreen should be used liberally because photosensitivity may be increased. Effective microdermabrasion usually requires a series of 5-12 treatments. The series can be significantly longer, particularly with acne scarring. Initially, treatments are weekly or biweekly for several treatments, followed by monthly to biannually for maintenance treatments, depending on the patient.