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What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a skincare procedure used to remove dead, dry skin cells. It also encourages the production of collagen and elastin in the underlying skin cells. Microdermabrasion uses a spray of microcrystals and is less intense than dermabrasion, which is used for deep facial lines and scars. Microdermabrasion is used to treat a variety of conditions including fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, uneven pigmentation, clogged pores, bumpy skin, acne and minor scars.

At your microdermabrasion consultation, your aesthetician will evaluate your general health and any pre-existing conditions/risk factors, take photos when needed, discuss your options, recommend treatment and discuss realistic outcomes. At this time, you can let them know about your outcome goals, medical conditions including drug allergies, current medications and supplements as well as any previous surgeries you have had.

What to expect from a Microdermabrasion:

There are two kinds of microdermabrasion treatments: The first method involves a handheld device that shoots tiny crystals over the surface of the skin; an attached vacuum sucks them up simultaneously along with the dead skin. A second, newer approach exfoliates your skin with a diamond-tip wand that is moved slowly across the face. Both treatments take about a half an hour. You will likely feel a mild scratching sensation, a massaging vibration and light suction.

What are the risks and results?

There is no downtime after a microdermabrasion treatment. Your doctor may recommend a deep moisturizer to help enhance your new skin. Depending on the severity of damage to the skin, results should be long lasting. Some people opt to have one to two microdermabrasion treatments per month as part of a long-term maintenance plan.

Risks and side effects of microdermabrasion are both mild and short-lived. You may experience redness, swelling and dry skin. Other side effects include bruising from the suction and sensitivity to sun. While it is always important to use sunscreen, be sure to apply it generously after a microdermabrasion session.

Call Gardner Facial Plastic Surgery at (435) 628-1704 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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