Improving the Appearance of Skin through Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a skin treatment intended to improve flaws associated with sun exposure and aging. The non-invasive procedure usually lasts about an hour and helps improve the appearance of the skin on the arms, neck or face, with virtually zero recovery time. The procedure can help to reduce scarring owed to mild acne, hyperpigmentation, and can improve the look of large pores, fine lines and poorly textured skin. Though the treatment is usually most effective when used on patients showing early signs of aging, younger patients may also benefit depending on their specific conditions and goals. Microdermabrasion is considered appropriate and effective for both light- and dark-skinned patients; however, it is not for those with sensitive skin, extensive hyperpigmentation, skin disorders, sunburns, severe acne scars and advanced signs of aging.
How is Treatment Administered?
Microdermabrasion treatments are typically conducted in a practitioner's office without the use of anesthesia. Prior to treatment, patients receive preparatory instructions that are to be followed for several days before the procedure. These may include but are not limited to avoiding sun exposure and discontinuing the use of certain topical creams and lotions, such as those containing Retin A.
During treatment, a practitioner presses a device against the patient's skin to gently abrade dead skin and any other imperfections. Various materials may be used to cause abrasion, including salt crystals, sodium bi-carbonate crystals, diamond-tipped crystals and aluminum oxide crystals. In some cases, a vacuum-like device may be used instead of crystals to remove layers of dead skin. This type of treatment works very much like exfoliation by removing imperfections, buffing the skin, enhancing skin texture and improving lymph flow and circulation. After the procedure, patients sometimes appear slightly red for about an hour; however, treatment is safe and typically creates no discomfort.
What is the Cost of Treatment?
The cost of treatment can vary based on the treatment provider's specialty and skill. Though RNs and estheticians tend to charge less for the procedure, doctors are better equipped to identify certain skin conditions and recommend suitable treatment. In general, each treatment may cost between $75 and $150; however, patients may require six or more sessions.