Sometimes in life, we need to start with a “clean slate.” Our skin is an amazing organ that takes a beating during everyday activities, and it is a part of the body we often abuse and neglect, usually without meaning to. Over time, this neglect can cause aesthetic problems, often worsened by normal signs of aging. So what can you do to start reversing these problems? Microdermabrasion might just be the jump start your skin needs.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin deeply, using fine mineral crystals, which are sprayed gently onto the skin. These crystals help get rid of old skin cells, and encourage the formation of healthy, smooth skin and new collagen, encouraging the skin to appear younger and more vibrant. One major advantage microdermabrasion has over many treatments is that it is appropriate for all skin types and colors, due to its gentle rejuvenating properties.
Microdermabrasion can help with:
- Dull skin
- Acne scarring
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Freckles and age spots
- Large pores
Recovery and Results
Want some more great news about microdermabrasion? The treatment is so gentle, it requires no downtime, and there’s no discomfort during the treatment either. Following the procedure, your skin may be pink, tighter, and drier for around 24 hours, but all you’ll need to do is make sure you keep the skin hydrated and protected from the sun.
Whatever your skin concerns are, you can expect smoother, healthier skin following treatment. Results you may notice following treatment can include:
- Diminished pores
- Brighter, more evenly toned skin
- A more youthful appearance
- Increased collagen production (naturally-occurring substance that keeps skin looking younger)
Moving to Other Treatments
Once you have had your microdermabrasion treatment, you may want to consider other types of skin refreshers or anti-aging procedures to enhance your results. There are many different treatments that can be combined to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your skin and individual needs. Here are some great ideas for treating many types of skin issues:
Dermal fillers are a great way to help fight volume loss, though these treatments generally last a maximum of 12 months. Newer formulas, such as JuvedermVoluma, are formulated just for this purpose, and can improve and replace lost volume in the cheek area for up to two years. Fillers are non-invasive, competitively priced, and take only minutes to administer.
Ultherapy® is a popular treatment that uses ultrasound energy to urge the body to create collagen, which firms the skin gradually. Ultherapy® has proven to be very effective on patients with mild to moderate skin sagging. Results can last up to a year.
Sublime™ is also a good option for mild skin sagging and overall skin quality improvement. Radiofrequency energy is combined with light to heat deep skin tissues and improve collagen production. The treatments are painless, but do require several sessions to see any noticeable results.
Resurfacing methods such as chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing are great for softening and improving the appearance of wrinkles. These treatments turn over skin cell production and help the body produce more collagen to heal and improve the skin. Some laser and chemical procedures can involve some downtime, but they can produce remarkable, long-lasting results.
A temporary but highly effective wrinkle solution are dermal fillers or Botox®. These popular treatments dramatically reduce wrinkling for three to 12 months, depending on the formula, and take only minutes to inject.
Acne scarring can be treated with procedures like Laser Genesis®, which is a non-invasive treatment that gently heats the skin and encourages collagen formation. EMatrix™ can also be used to help improve acne scarring, using radiofrequency energy in matrix form to generate new cells and collagen. Generally eMatrix™ requires several treatments for improvement.
Sometimes, one microdermabrasion treatment isn’t enough to get your skin looking as smooth and healthy as you want. You may want to have another session with your provider, or try a chemical peel, as these can provide many of the same results, with a customized peel depth for greater control.
Starting Over With Your Skin
If you are serious about getting your skincare under control, then it’s time to seek the advice of an expert dermatologist. Each person’s skincare needs are unique, and only an expert can advise you on the best course of treatment for your skin type. Meeting with a cosmetic dermatologist will help you by finding out if you’re eligible for microdermabrasion and how to get started.
When you’re ready to start your new skincare routine, come visit Dr. Diane Walder, or her colleague Dr. Stacy Chimento. They offer a wide range of non-invasive skin treatments, including Sublime™, and can help you get the beautiful skin you want. For more information, call 305-866-2177 to schedule your appointment.