What is Microdermabrasion?

The very first microdermabrasion machine was developed in 1985.  Prior to that, dermabrasion (a surgical procedure) would be performed by physicians utilizing invasive rough surfaces to deeply exfoliate the skin to remove wrinkles and scarring.  These methods were problematic, as they would lead to aggressive exfoliation, sometimes going too deep and causing infection, scarring and removal of pigment in the process.  As a result, microdermabrasion was developed as a safe alternative to dermabrasion, and machines now are even more effective at resurfacing the skin safely.  Since microdermabrasion only works on the surface layer of the skin, there is minimal downtime and very low risk of adverse reactions.  As the microscopic layer of skin cells is gently removed from the epidermal (top) layer of skin, the cells in the underlying layers are signaled to move up and replace the missing top layer of skin.  During this process, new collagen and elastin are stimulated to help improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots begin to break up and move out from deep within the skin, and pores start to unplug and become smaller, helping with acne breakouts.  The surface of your skin will appear smoother, more even-toned, and polished over time.  This treatment is safe to do on a regular basis as part of an overall maintenance program for healthier, glowing skin.  Treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart are recommended.  Results may be subtle and cumulative and will become more apparent over the course of your treatments.

What should I expect during my Microdermabrasion treatment?

After assessing your skin and screening for any conditions that could rule out treatment, the areas to be treated will be gently cleansed and prepped.  We ask that contact lenses be removed prior to your visit.  As your technician begins the treatment, you will start to feel some suction along with tiny crystals gliding over your skin, as the machine simultaneously removes and vacuums up the dead skin cells and used crystals into an enclosed loop system.  Some patients have described the sensation as feeling similar to a cat’s tongue, or slightly rough like a strong facial scrub.  The entire area will be treated completely, then any remaining crystals will be gently removed with a moistened cotton pad.  Your technician will go over your treatment plan before and during your microdermabrasion, and then the appropriate products based on your skin’s individual needs will be applied to your skin.  Lastly, a soothing serum and a protective sunscreen will be applied, and you’re good to go for the rest of the day.   Most treatments take about 45-50 minutes, making this an ideal procedure for patients wanting a quick and effective way to refresh their appearance.

How do I prepare for my treatment?

All anti-aging or acne treatment products that you are currently using should be discontinued at least 3 days prior to your scheduled appointment, such as topical acne medications, retinoids and products containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids.  Exposure to the sun should be avoided for a minimum of 1 week before and after your treatment.  In addition, do not wax 1 week before or after your appointment, as this can remove a layer of skin cells and increase your risk of adverse reactions.  Please arrive with minimal or no makeup.  If you have an active cold sore, your appointment will need to be rescheduled until it is completely resolved.

How will my skin look after microdermabrasion treatment?

Most patients will experience some mild redness that will diminish after a day or two.  Your skin may feel more sensitive for a few days, almost as if you have a windburn, but this can be relieved with the application of hydrating serums and moisturizers and by avoiding excessive exercise or exposure to heat, as sweating may make your skin sting and feel uncomfortable.  You may experience some acne breakouts in the days following your treatment, as the skin cells begin to turn over and congestion is purged from your skin.  It very important that you do not pick at your skin and use only gentle cleansers and moisturizers for a few days after your treatment so that your skin can heal properly.  Most of these side affects resolve after a few days, but please contact our office if they do not.  Broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher is required immediately after and daily between appointments to protect your skin, as treated areas will be more sensitive to the sun.  Most patients experience little to no downtime after microdermabrasion, making this a great treatment when you want results without the wait.

How do I care for my skin after microdermabrasion?

As your skin may be more sensitive to anti-aging or acne products after any type of exfoliation treatment, we recommend that you wait a minimum of 3 days after treatment to resume use of them.  A gentle cleanser and hydrating serum or mild moisturizer are recommended to ensure that you don’t cause additional dryness or irritation as your skin is healing and repairing itself.  Any issues after your treatment should be reported to our office immediately.  Once your skin feels back to normal, you should be fine to resume your regular skin care routine.  And remember, a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher must be worn daily, and excessive sun exposure is discouraged during your series of treatments.  This will ensure you are protecting the investment you are making in your skin.

What other procedures does microdermabrasion pair well with?

Since microdermabrasion is a gentle, non-invasive procedure, it can be alternated with just about any other aesthetic treatments including VI Peel, The Perfect Derma Peel, Laser Genesis, IPL Photofacial, or SkinPen microneedling, and can be part of a facial rejuvenation plan including injectables such as Botox or Dysport, and facial fillers like Juvéderm or Restylane.  Let the team here at Tru-Skin Dermatology in central Texas help you formulate a treatment plan to put your best face forward!


Microdermabrasion FAQ:

Who is microdermabrasion for?

Men or women who want to polish and rejuvenate their skin with little to no downtime are the perfect candidates for microdermabrasion, as all skin types can be safely treated.  This treatment is also a perfect procedure for those looking for a way to stay on top of dull-looking skin, large pores, mild acne, etc.  Glowing skin can easily be achieved through a series of treatments.

 Who is not a good candidate for microdermabrasion?

Almost everyone is a good candidate for microdermabrasion, including those who are pregnant or nursing.  However, if your skin is thin or extremely sensitive due to age or certain medications, you may not be a good candidate.  In addition, if you have been using isotretinoin (Accutane) within the past 12 months, please advise your technician, as this medication can interfere with your skin’s ability to heal itself.  Microdermabrasion may not be recommended for rosacea patients depending on the severity of their condition.  Patients with more advanced signs of aging may not see dramatic results with microdermabrasion and may obtain more improvement by combining it with other procedures.

How many treatments will I need?

Microdermabrasion can be performed initially in a series as often as 10 days apart, especially if you are trying to prepare for an important event.  Most patients have a microdermabrasion treatment once every 4-6 weeks as part of a maintenance regimen.  Your technician can help determine what course of treatment is best for your individual needs.  Results are cumulative, and you will notice increased improvement with each treatment.

How long does each treatment take?

Depending on the areas being treated, most sessions take 45-50 minutes.

What areas can be treated with microdermabrasion?

The face is the most commonly treated area, but microdermabrasion can be used on the neck, back, upper chest, hands, or any area where improvement in your skin is desired.

How much does microdermabrasion cost?

You can purchase an individual treatment if you wish, but as a series of treatments is recommended for best results, packages of 3 treatments are available and affordably priced.  Our menu of services with pricing can be found HERE.

How long will my results last?

Depending on the person and the skin conditions being treated, results usually last between 1-2 months.  Since microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment, and the cells that are removed are gradually replaced within a month or so, ongoing treatments are recommended.  You can think of microdermabrasion as a great tool in your toolkit for achieving and maintaining healthy skin, sort of like you would get regular haircuts to maintain your hairstyle.  For the best results in retaining the benefits of microdermabrasion, daily sun protection and the use of medical-grade skin care products are recommended.  Tru-Skin Dermatology can help you set up a customized skin care regimen to target your individual needs.  We carry several lines of professional products to help you achieve your best skin possible.  Call us today to start your journey to healthier looking skin!


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