Skin exfoliation treatments are a method of removing the outermost layer of dead, dry skin cells to reveal a healthier, more radiant complexion. Microdermabrasion is a leading choice for non-invasive exfoliation, offering positive results in just one short treatment session without any downtime afterward. This procedure rejuvenates the dermis while reducing the appearance of minor imperfections. Results can be seen quickly, making this treatment a good choice before a vacation or big event when you want to be sure to look your best.
Dr. Leslie Smith is the founder of Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics and a board-certified skin specialist. Her training and experience make her one of the top cosmetic doctors in the Minneapolis St. Paul area for skin rejuvenation. Dr. Smith offers microdermabrasion at her office to help patients restore their skin’s healthy, youthful glow. The procedure is appropriate for any age and skin type, and can even be beneficial to sensitive skin.
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical, non-chemical skin resurfacing technique that utilizes a device to apply microcrystals to the skin’s surface. These microcrystals gently exfoliate the skin to create a more radiant look. Since only the outer layer of skin is removed during this procedure, the treatment is painless, and there is no recovery period afterward. However, a series of appointments may be needed to achieve optimal results.
Benefits of Microdermabrasion
There are a variety of reasons for choosing microdermabrasion as a skin rejuvenation treatment:
- Fast treatment with no discomfort or downtime
- The procedure can be tailored to the precise needs of each patient
- Works on nearly every skin type and tone
- Achieves a healthy glow and reduces minor imperfections before a big event
- Allows for better penetration of topical products for superior results
- Regular treatments can be scheduled to maintain positive results
Is Microdermabrasion Right for You?
Microdermabrasion treats a broad range of skin concerns and conditions and is particularly effective in reversing and minimizing the signs of sun damage. Specific problems microdermabrasion can address include:
- Minimization in the size and appearance of enlarged pores
- Improvement in oily skin
- Reduction in the presence of acne and acne scarring
- Elimination of blackheads and whiteheads
- Treatment of age spots, brown spots, and other pigmentation concerns
- Reduction of fine lines and superficial wrinkles
Microdermabrasion is usually requested to refresh the face, but it is also a useful rejuvenation treatment for the neck, décolleté, shoulder, and back. Nearly every patient can see the benefits of microdermabrasion, regardless of skin color or type. However, Dr. Smith will still assess your unique situation to determine whether microdermabrasion is the best treatment option for you.
How does Microdermabrasion Work?
Microdermabrasion is a relatively quick treatment that can usually be performed in 30 minutes or less, depending on how much skin will be addressed during the session. The hand-piece is moved across the skin’s surface to deliver the microcrystals that remove the outer skin cells, while suction is incorporated to cleanse the dermis of impurities and the crystals. The procedure is completely painless and does not require any anesthetic or numbing cream beforehand. After your treatment, your skin should feel smoother and softer, with a noticeable improvement in tone and radiance.
You will be able to resume your typical activity level right away. Your skin might be slightly red after the procedure, but this mild side effect will not make it obvious you just had a cosmetic procedure performed. We do advise using sun protection immediately after your procedure, and daily from that point on to avoid further damage. We can also recommend professional skincare products to help you maintain the healthy radiance of your skin after your treatment.
Is microdermabrasion safe?
Yes, microdermabrasion is a commonly performed procedure that is considered entirely safe. There are no significant risks related to this process, and no downtime so you can return to your daily activities immediately following treatment. In fact, some of our patients schedule regular microdermabrasion treatments every month or two with only positive results to report.
How long is a treatment session?
Most of the microdermabrasion procedures at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics are completed in about one-half hour or less. The full duration of your treatment will depend on the size of the area you want to address. If you opt to have the neck and chest done at the same time as the face, the procedure will take a bit longer.
How soon will I see results?
You will likely see some preliminary results as soon as you leave our office, with skin that sports a healthy glow right away. However, your results will continue to improve in the days following your treatment as cell renewal and some collagen production occurs. If you want to have a microdermabrasion session in anticipation of a big event, we recommend one week of lead time to ensure the best possible results for your occasion.
How long will the results last?
For the best possible results, we typically recommend a series of four to six treatments monthly, followed by regular maintenance treatment to prolong the positive effects even further. The full impact of microdermabrasion will largely depend on the skincare regimen you adopt at home after your office session. We can provide you with advice and professional skincare products to maximize your results.
How often will I need treatments?
Microdermabrasion is safe enough to perform every month, although some patients choose to stretch their appointments a few times a year to maintain their positive results. Dr. Smith will review your specific needs and desired outcome to recommend the best course of treatment for you.
Microdermabrasion is a safe, noninvasive treatment that reduces the appearance of many imperfections and restores a healthy, youthful glow to the skin. The procedure is painless, usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete, and involves no downtime. If you are looking for a quick, relatively easy way to restore healthy vitality to the skin, microdermabrasion may be the right treatment for you. To learn more about this procedure, contact Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics today at 952-460-1970.