Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive spa procedure that rejuvenates the appearance of the skin by treating sun damage, mild scarring, fine wrinkles and other unwanted surface skin problems. This procedure uses a gentle stream of tiny particle crystals (aluminum oxide crystals) to exfoliate (remove) the outer layer of skin allowing the deeper layers to rejuvenate a fresh, younger-looking skin and a renewed appearance. Microdermabrasion may be combined with other spa procedures such as such as facials, light chemical peels, fillers and Botox®
During the microdermabrasion procedure, Susan Strasburg, RN, plastic surgery nurse, will use a handheld device to transmit tiny crystal particles across the targeted area of aged or damaged skin to gently pare away the outer surface layer. As the skin is being exfoliated with the paring, it is suctioned away along with the spent crystals with a vacuum tool so that the fresh, healthy underlying skin remains. These oxide crystals are single-use and discarded along with the removed skin cells.
This procedure is performed in Dr. Bershof's medical spa, Body By Design, and does not require any anesthesia to be used. There is no downtime associated with this procedure, and patients can return to work or other regular activities immediately after. You may experience mild redness for about an hour after the procedure, but this usually goes away on its own. Most patients can achieve noticeable results after a series of five to ten treatment sessions spaced one to two weeks apart, and usually in conjunction with home skin care products. These home skin care program combined with office microdermabrasion and spa alpha-hydroxy acid peels affords maximal results.
The microdermabrasion procedure offers patients effective results that are visible immediately. Patients can benefit from a reduced or eliminated appearance of acne scarring, hyperpigmentation (brown spots), as well as improved skin texture, color and reduced pore size. In addition to its cosmetic results, microdermabrasion also helps enhance circulation and lymph flow within the skin layers, allowing skin to be healthy within its deeper layers.
The results of the initial series of treatments are long lasting and can be further prolonged through follow-up maintenance treatments. Nurse Strasburg will recommend additional treatment sessions or other treatment options for you after a thorough evaluation of your skin.
Microdermabrasion is considered safe for all skin types and is also nicely effective for Asian and dark-skinned patients who may be at risk for skin discoloration with other types of deeper peel treatments. There are no serious risks associated with microdermabrasion, although some patients may experience mild redness and irritation after treatment.
It is important for patients to avoid sun exposure after this procedure, as some of the skin's natural protection from the UV sun rays may be temporarily removed during microdermabrasion. It is also important to choose an experienced medical spa to perform your treatment, as improper use of the machine may result in discoloration.