Microdermabrasion was developed in Italy in 1985; its use was widespread in European countries prior to its introduction and popularity in the United States.
Microdermabrasion offers a worthwhile approach to revitalizing and renewing aging and sun-damaged skin. By gently exfoliating the outer layers of tissue that have been damaged due to sun exposure and the environment, a more youthful skin can return.
Microdermabrasion involves the use of a controlled vacuum that sprays very fine, sterile crystals across the surface of the skin. This gently abrades the dry, damaged cell layers, and vacuums them away, leaving behind smoother and more vibrant, well-nourished skin. With progressive treatment, your skin will continue to look younger.
Unlike many other skin rejuvenation treatments, microdermabrasion is painless (a mild suction feeling is all that is noted by the patient), and, because it is a progressive program, there is no downtime. This means no time off from work or routine activities to recover. It can be done on any workday, with appropriate scheduling. Make up can be removed just prior to the procedure (at the office), and can be reapplied afterwards, if one so desires. Because of its simplicity, rapidity with which it can be done, and no "down time" for the patient, it has become publicized as the "lunch time peel". An average treatment takes less than an hour and is usually followed with a series of sessions.
The most common conditions that are treated are those that relate to aging/premature aging and sun damage. These include: pigmentation problems such as the "sun freckles" caused by excessive sun, hormonal problems, or birth control pills; texture problems…the roughness and unevenness of the skin's surface; and wrinkles…the fine lines caused by premature aging and sun damage. Microdermabrasion can also be used to treat and improve most types of scarring, including those caused by acne.
As part of a complete approach to skin rejuvenation, microdermabrasion is often used in conjunction with other on-going treatments to enhance the skin-toning effect, such as chemical peels and our specially formulated A-Gel.
As with other skin rejuvenation techniques, more than one treatment may be needed to reduce or remove fine wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation. The number of treatments depends upon the condition being treated. They can be repeated at weekly intervals or every 2-3 weeks, depending on the extent of the skin damage, and the patient/physician goals. Most often patients will want to have "touch-up" treatments, and these are generally done once a month or when the patient desires it.
I recommend microdermabrasion to patients searching for a skin-freshening technique that helps repair facial skin damaged by sun exposure and the effects of aging, as well as those who just want to look better, feel better, and be able to apply make-up better.
The advantages of microdermabrasion include that it (1) does not require anesthesia, (2) is painless, (3) can be repeated at short intervals, (4) is simple and quick to perform, and (5) does not significantly interrupt the patient's life.
Remember the “golden rule”. Apply sunscreen any day you may be sun-exposed for more than 5 to 10 minutes. This will greatly reduce your chance of developing sun damaged skin and sun induced wrinkles.
Posted on Wed, May 8, 2013