When to Think About Microdermabrasion

MicrodermabrasionIt’s a given that aging will bring forth a variety of unwanted changes in your skin — from wrinkles to creases to hyperpigmentation. Fortunately, a wide variety of treatment options are available to help rejuvenate the skin that has lost its youthful glow due to excessive sun damage, mild acne, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. Microdermabrasion is one option.

The main goal of microdermabrasion is to rejuvenate the outer layers of the skin and encourage skin repair. It is best suited for superficial skin conditions that result in uneven skin tone and texture such as the following:

  • Mild cases of acne
  • Light scarring
  • Age spots
  • The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Large pores
  • The appearance of yellow lesions which is actually an enlargement of the sebaceous glands
  • Actinic keratosis or the appearance of rough, scaly, or raised patches of skin due to prolonged sun exposure
  • Removal of milia or tiny white bumps in adults (this is common or harmless in children)

Skin problems that involve the deeper layers of the skin may not respond well to microdermabrasion. You might want to explore other types of treatments such as chemical peels and dermabrasion. Generally, microdermabrasion is not recommended in individuals with the following:

  • Active acne
  • Warts
  • Rosacea — inflamed patches of skin that commonly appear on the forehead, nose, cheeks, and around the mouth area
  • Herpes outbreak
  • Raised, red scars or keloids
  • Undiagnosed skin lesions
  • Uncontrolled or untreated diabetes, autoimmune disorders

There is a perception that microdermabrasion is painful. However, the procedure only involves minor discomfort near the eye area where the skin is more delicate.

Would you like to learn more about microdermabrasion or similar skin resurfacing options? Get in touch with us. We look forward to your visit!

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