Smooth, even skin. It’s something we all want yet only a rare, lucky few are blessed with naturally. For the rest of us, conditions such as acne, brown spots, age spots, dull skin, and scar tissue can leave the surface of our bodies looking less than ideal. Thankfully, medical advancements have allowed for better treatment of defects on the epidermis. No longer are temporary cover-up and concealment methods the only option. Cosmetic procedures like that of microdermabrasion have made it possible to permanently improve the quality and appearance of less than perfect skin.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, chemical-free procedure done by a medical professional to remove the outermost layer of the skin to reveal the healthier, younger layers below. The treatment involves applying a spray of tiny microscopic crystals to the surface of dry, damaged, and overall unhealthy skin.
Not only does this process remove the rough, outer layer of one’s dermis, but it also encourages the health of layers below the surface by facilitating higher production of collagen and elastin. Compared with dermabrasion, a similar process that involves a deeper level of penetration, microdermabrasion is significantly more gentle and still yields incredible results.
Sounds too good to be true. So, who is a good fit for a microdermabrasion treatment? Typically, the procedure works best on those with light to fair skin. It’s most successful at targeting lighter scars and pock marks left behind from acne and, in some cases, lessen the severity of active acne on the skin. Likewise, the chronic inflammation and redness associated with rosacea can also be reduced with microdermabrasion treatments.
How Do I Prepare For a Microdermabrasion Procedure?
If you think you’re an ideal candidate for microdermabrasion treatment, you’ll first want to consult with your local doctor for an initial consultation. He or she will offer advice specific to your situation and unique skin condition, as well as give you the best instructions for proper preparation.
In general, there are a few ways to get ready for these types of deep exfoliating therapies. First, make sure to wash your face with oil-free, soap-free cleansers prior to each session. Second, do not use Retinol creams or other exfoliants for three days prior and avoid using tanning lotions and sprays for one week prior to the procedure. If you’ve recently undergone laser surgery, used Accutane, had a chemical peel, or undergone other skin procedures such as collagen injections, you should not pursue microdermabrasion for at least three weeks or as directed by your doctor. Lastly, do not wax or tan the intended area for a few weeks before each session.
For more information on microdermabrasion and how to prepare properly, consult your qualified doctor or plastic surgeon.