Renewing the tone and texture of your skin creates a more youthful appearance. If you’re concerned about signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, enlarged pores, and sun damage, a dermatologist can rejuvenate your skin with safe, minimally invasive procedures called dermabrasion and microdermabrasion. The doctor will use special solutions and instruments to exfoliate and remove the outer layer of skin, revealing a glowing, even complexion beneath.
Microdermabrasion, a less invasive procedure, is done in an outpatient setting and takes about an hour. The dermatologist will use a special handheld instrument with either an abrasive surface or one with the ability to spray fine particles of sodium bicarbonate or aluminum oxide. Both types of dermabrasion remove the skin’s thick outer layer. When the procedure is complete, moisturizer will be applied to the treated area.
Dermabrasion is safe and effective for most people and can be used on all skin types, tones and textures. This treatment addresses skin concerns that include sun damage, dark patches, hyperpigmentation, rough or uneven texture, acne and enlarged pores, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, dull skin tone, and stretch marks. The procedure also encourages collagen production, which helps the skin look firmer and fuller.
The results from a microdermabrasion treatment will be noticeable right away, though you may have some swelling or redness for a few hours. You should be able to return to your regular activities right away. If dryness or flaking occurs, use your regular moisturizer unless your doctor recommends a different product. You may want to return for periodic maintenance treatments every few months or as recommended.
Some states allow dermabrasion to be performed by licensed skin care professionals, while others require care by a dermatologist. Before making an appointment, research the provider so you can ensure he or she is qualified and experienced. This increases the chances that you will be happy with the results of this procedure. During an initial consultation, the doctor will make sure you are a good candidate for dermabrasion and answer all your questions.