Written by Dr. Ringpfeil
Microdermabrasion is an in-office procedure performed by our aestheticians. The lack of discomfort and downtime associated with microdermabrasion make this procedure a popular treatment option for improvement of skin tone and texture.
Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the skin by spraying microcrystals on the treated area. This action also increases blood flow to the skin. The loosened skin cells are removed with suction. This suction against the skin can also stimulate collagen production. Immediately after the procedure, the skin may be mildly red for up to 24 hours.
Even skin tone, smoother skin texture, reduction of fine lines and shallow scars, and decreased acne activity can be expected after a series of microdermabrasions. About 3-6 treatments performed 3-4 weeks apart are needed for best results. When skin is properly maintained after treatment, results last for several months to up to 2 years.
Daily use of a moisturizer (with sunscreen during the day) before and after the procedure can improve and prolong results. Topical retinoids must be discontinued the night before the procedure and can be resumed the following night. When treating hyperpigmentation, topical hydroquinone can be used prior to microdermabrasion to assist in fading dark pigmentation.