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What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a manual exfoliation technique that removes your outermost skin cells. The treatment requires no anesthesia, little advance preparation, and no downtime. You can return to normal daily activities immediately after your appointment.

The process uses a special device to manually buff away dead skin cells and other debris. Some treatment platforms perform microdermabrasion by directing a controlled spray of fine particles onto your skin and suctioning them away immediately after.

What kinds of skin issues can Microdermabrasion treat?

Microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of many common skin issues, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Stretch marks
  • Melasma
  • Sun damage
  • Dull or uneven skin tone
  • Textural irregularities

The versatility of microdermabrasion is part of why it’s such a popular aesthetic treatment option.

How should I prepare for Microdermabrasion?

The most important step in preparing for microdermabrasion involves sharing the full details of any recent medical conditions or prescription medications you currently use. Be sure to let your practitioner know of any allergies.

It’s also a good idea to refrain from sun exposure or using tanning creams, masks, or exfoliating products for a week prior to your appointment. This avoids putting your skin under too much duress.

Is Microdermabrasion painful?

When performed by a trained professional in a medical setting, microdermabrasion is safe and effective without causing pain. You may feel a sensation similar to a sunburn or mild stinging during your treatment, but there’s no significant discomfort.

If you have especially sensitive skin, ask your practitioner if a numbing cream could help reduce sensation during your session. It often takes more than one treatment to achieve the desired results, so if you find yourself uncomfortable during your first appointment you can numb your skin prior to the next session.

How long do the results of Microdermabrasion last?

You can expect your results to last for many months, especially if you take care to protect and nourish your skin. The most important thing you can do to keep your skin looking its best is to use a high-quality sunscreen each and every day, even if you spend most hours indoors.

Finding the right at-home skin care routine is also important. Ask your practitioner to recommend a few basic products to get started. A cleanser, toner, and moisturizer is a great place to begin.

If you’d like to give microdermabrasion a try, schedule a visit at your earliest convenience, either by phone or through the easy online booking tool.

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