Medical Microdermabrasion

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Medical Microdermabrasion, Alpha Hydroxy Acid used in conjunction with Microdermabrasion, is a non–invasive gentle abrasion (skin polishing) treatment followed immediately with a glycolic chemical peel.

The Microdermabrasion system propels natural mineral crystals onto the surface of the skin to reveal newer, healthier younger looking skin. The surface layer of skin collects harmful environmental elements. By aggressively, uniformly removing this layer of dead, impacted cells the surface is refined and smoothed. The skin is quite pink and receptive.

A mild chemical peel is a non–invasive technique for restoring wrinkled, blemished, unevenly pigmented, or sun–damaged facial skin; it peels away the skin's damaged outer layers. A solution of glycolic fruit acid is applied immediately following the skin polishing to continue to treat the surface of the skin. The glycolic is customized for skin type and specific problem areas.

Recent discoveries have shown that when a series of Medical Microdermabrasions are performed within a short time interval, the effect is greater than aggressive polishing and deep peeling procedures. The patient avoids a long and inconvenient recovery time.

About Medical Microdermabrasion:

  • Process gently resurfaces the superficial skin layer (dermis)
  • Diminishes irregularities in the texture of the skin
  • Polishes and diminishes fine, crepe lines on cheeks
  • Contracts larger pores, exfoliates and extracts clogged pores
  • Polishes and smoothes the margins of acne and burn scars
  • No down time for healing
  • The complete procedure takes approximately 60 minutes.
  • A minimal amount of redness and tingling develops, which ends within one-two hours
  • Within 2 to 5 days, a light peeling is faintly visible and lasts about 5 days.
  • If you have a history of herpes, you should inform your technician prior to the procedure

Indications for Treatment:

  • Acne scars
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Uneven and granular skin
  • Uneven pigmentation/Melasma/Hyper–HypoPigmentation
  • Superficial injury scars
  • Light stretch marks
  • Age spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Dull, flat, "tired–looking" skin

FDA Approval:

Class One Device/General Dermatology

Before Medical Microdermabrasion:

  • Sign the Consent Form
  • No anesthesia is needed
  • Refrain from waxing, electrolysis and depilatories for four days before and after treatments.
  • Discontinue Accutane usage four weeks prior to, and during, the treatment period.
  • Discontinue retinol and AHA usage three days prior to and three days after each treatment.
  • No tanning of any kind during the series of treatments
  • Wait two weeks after Botox/Collagen injections.
  • Do not wear makeup or contact lenses to the treatment.
  • Skin should be free of herpes sores in the lip area. *
  • The skin is cleansed thoroughly to remove all oil and debris

After Medical Microdermabrasion:

  • May experience some stinging, redness, irritation and crusting
  • Ice may be applied
  • Common to experience some temporary flaking or scaling, redness and dryness of the skin
  • Do not touch or peel the flaking skin, add moisturizer
  • Frequent face washing with water is discouraged (too drying)
  • You may want to wait one day to apply makeup
  • Do not use glycolic, Retin A, exfollients or astringents for 3 days after the treatment
  • Avoid extreme heat for 3–5 days (direct sun, sauna, hot tubs, Jacuzzi, tanning beds)
  • If drugs for herpes were prescribed, they should be continued for one week
  • Immediate return to normal activities
  • Begin a regular program of sunscreens and sun protection. Avoid sun exposure for one month following the series of peels.


*If you are prone to herpes, ask us for a prescription for Zovirax. You will need to treat 24-48 hours prior to treatment and 24-48 following treatment.

Microdermabrasion Fequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion can improve:

  • Oily or dull skin
  • Collagen production
  • skin rejuvenation
  • improvement in tone, texture and color of skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • Clogged pores
  • Fine lines
  • Mild acne scars
  • Mild complexion problems (such as uneven pigmentation or poor skin texture)
  • Enhanced circulation and lymph flow, which promote the internal health of the skin.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non–surgical skin resurfacing procedure which can create fresher, healthier–looking skin while also stimulating the production of new skin cells. Microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, blemishes, age spots, acne scars, and sun damage by gently abrading the top layers of skin.

How do I know if I'm a good candidate for Microdermabrasion?

If you are physically healthy, realistic in your expectations, and seeking an improvement in blemished or wrinkled skin, you may be a good candidate for Microdermabrasion. The procedure may not be appropriate for patients with active Rosacea, active acne, eczema, dermatitis, recent herpes outbreaks, auto-immune disorders, unstable diabetes, or other skin conditions.

Why have a consultation for Microdermabrasion?

During your consultation for Microdermabrasion, the practitioner will talk to you about your goals and what you dislike about your skin. A thorough medical history will be taken and your treatment areas will be examined. All aspects of the procedure will be explained including the technique, the facility, the risks and the associated costs. Photographs may also be taken of your treatment areas.

How is a Microdermabrasion procedure performed?

During the Microdermabrasion procedure, a device will be passed over the skin which emits tiny crystals onto the skin's surface. This gently abrades the skin and removes the damaged outer layer. Toner, moisturizer and/or sunscreen may be applied to the treatment area once the procedure is complete.

How long does the treatment last for Microdermabrasion?

The treatment typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. Patients should see improvements in their complexion after a single treatment, but lasting results are only achieved through a series of sessions performed over the course of several weeks.

What type of results can I expect following treatment?

The results of Microdermabrasion can be seen almost immediately. Just one Microdermabrasion session can improve the skin's color, tone, and health. After treatment, the face should have a fresh appearance and a smooth, soft texture. However, the Microdermabrasion system is most effective when a patient receives multiple treatments at intervals of two to three weeks.

How much pain can I expect from my Microdermabrasion?

There is generally little pain associated with the Microdermabrasion procedure. Patients may experience sensations similar to slight windburn along with minor stinging around the eye area. For the first day after treatment, the skin may feel somewhat warm.

What should I expect of the recovery after my Microdermabrasion procedure?

There are few side effects associated with Microdermabrasion. Some redness of the skin may occur for several hours after treatment, and the skin may feel hot or flushed for about a day. There may be some peeling.

Should I plan to take time off from work after my Microdermabrasion procedure?

Known as the "lunch time" procedure, normal activities, including work, can usually be resumed immediately after the Microdermabrasion procedure. However, sun exposure will need to be avoided for about a week and always wear sunscreen

Should Microdermabrasion only be performed by a physician?

Not necessarily. Microdermabrasion can be safely performed by a trained aesthetician or registered nurse as well as by a cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon. However, a physician is more likely to diagnose and care for any skin problems that could be negatively affected by Microdermabrasion.

Will Microdermabrasion eliminate acne scars?

Microdermabrasion can improve minor acne scars, but it is not intended to completely eliminate deeper scars or keloids caused by severe acne. Treatment is available to improve these types of scarring, and one of the best methods is the acne chemical peel.

What are the side effects associated with Microdermabrasion?

Normal side effects associated with Microdermabrasion are increased skin sensitivity and risk of sunburn. However, these side effects are usually mild and brief. Microdermabrasion risks are minimal, but problems such as infection can occur if the treatment is not properly performed on skin with breakout activity.

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