Microdermabrasion is a quick and convenient treatment. It has become very popular with patients showing the early signs of aging, sun exposure and other skin imperfections.
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive and non-wounding exfoliation process that mechanically removes the dull, dead skin cells from the surface. The microdermabrasion treatment entails no discomfort, downtime or recovery. Patients typically experience very little redness for about 15 minutes to 1/2 hour after the treatment.
In addition to the face, microdermabrasion can be successfully used on the neck, arms and hands. It is also beneficial for patients with darker skin types. It can be used on any skin color without the fear of disturbing the pigment. This rejuvenation method is generally indicated for:
- Dull, oily or leathery skin texture
- Contracting enlarged pores
- Exfoliating and suctioning clogged pores in acne cases
- Polishing and reducing fine lines
- Mild acne scarring
- Mild pigment irregularities
- Enhancing penetration of therapeutic agents
Microdermabrasion is effective in reducing fine lines, “crow’s feet,” age spots and acne scars. It stimulates the production of skin cells and collagen. Microdermabrasion has proven to be a very popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure.
The Microdermabrasion Technique
Pristine is the most advanced medical microdermabrasion treatment available. Using laser cut diamond tip applicators, this treatment exfoliates the skin’s surface while gentle suction stimulates production of healthy cells, collagen and elastin. This safe, non-invasive procedure leaves the skin smooth and refreshed with no down time.
This treatment can be customized to the individual patient’s needs. Even thin or ultra-sensitive skin can be treated with ease. Treatment can be done alone or in conjunction with lasers or peels to maximize results.
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne and trauma scars
- Enlarged pores
- Blackheads and whiteheads
- Sun damage/spots
- Uneven skin texture
Can I have a microdermabrasion if I have a cold sore?
If you have a cold sore also known as a herpes infection you need to be treated with a prescription medication called Valtrex.
Is it better to have microdermabrasion with crystals or a diamond tip?
It’s been found that crystals can go into the eyes and irritate them and it is an older technology. The diamond tip is a more effective and safer method for microdermabrasion.
Can I have a laser right after my microdermabrasion?
For some people with acne scars it may be necessary to have both a microdermabrasion and a laser. The laser that we use is the MedLite C laser. In some cases, it may be possible to do both of these treatments on the same day. Other people with sensitive skin may need to wait a day between these 2 treatments.
Is it necessary to avoid anything after microdermabrasion?
After having microdermabrasion, it is best to avoid waxing, scrubs, products with retinol or prescription retinoids and sun exposure. It is important to use an SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen after this procedure.
Will one microdermabrasion treatment be enough?
It is necessary to do a series of microdermabrasion treatments. For most people it can be anywhere from 3 to 6 treatments.
How many weeks apart can I space my microdermabrasion treatments?
It is best to space your treatments at least 2 weeks apart.
Can I have peels while I’m having microdermabrasion treatments?
You can alternate your peels with your microdermabrasion treatments every 2 weeks.
Can I have microdermabrasion if I have dark skin?
One of the advantages of microdermabrasion is that it’s safe and effective for even the darkest skin.
When will I see results from microdermabrasion?
Everyone skin is different and has different problems but you should start to see results after a few treatments.
What can I expect after the first treatment?
After the first treatment of microdermabrasion your skin will feel smoother and softer. The pores will be less clogged. You may be slightly pink for 10 to 20 minutes after the procedure.
Can I put makeup on after microdermabrasion?
You can put makeup on right after the treatment.
Can I have microdermabrasion if I have cystic acne?
We don’t recommend having a treatment if you have active acne. It is best for mild acne with whiteheads and blackheads. If your acne is very active, we will first use medication to clear it up so that we can then do a microdermabrasion safely.
Is microdermabrasion good for bumps on the arms?
There is a genetic condition called keratosis pilaris which is very common. It looks like red, fine bumps on the arms. It responds well to microdermabrasion as well as to many topical treatments.
Call to make an appointment with board-certified NYC dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman for your microdermabrasion treatment.