Skin that feels rough or has an uneven texture can be difficult to treat with over-the-counter products alone. At the Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery, a simple, quick and convenient procedure known as microdermabrasion has become very popular for patients with aging skin or facial imperfections, who are looking for a cosmetic treatment that fits into their busy lifestyles. Microdermabrasion is non-invasive refinishing technique that can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin. During treatment, a special tool is used to gently “sandblast” the outermost layer of skin to remove dead cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells and collagen. The result is smoother, healthier and more youthful-looking skin.
Conditions That Can be Treated with Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion can be successfully performed on either light or dark skin, and can effectively treat various types of imperfections on the face, neck, chest, arms, elbows, knees and hands. Microdermabrasion can be used to:
- Rejuvenate dull, leathery skin.
- Smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
- Correct age spots, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation.
- Reduce or eliminate enlarged pores and blemishes.
- Lessen the appearance of stretch marks.
- Remove blackheads and whiteheads
How Microdermabrasion Works
A typical microdermabrasion session can be completed in less than an hour. The first step is to cleanse your treatment area. Then a small, wand-like instrument is used to spray a fine jet of tiny aluminum oxide crystals across the treatment area, to gently exfoliate the top layer of skin. Dead skin cells are gently suctioned away, revealing fresh, radiant skin underneath. Anesthesia is not required as the microdermabrasion system is relatively painless, other than a minor tingling as the crystals remove the damaged skin. Following treatment, no downtime is necessary. You should be able to return to work and your normal activities immediately after the procedure. Your skin may have a slightly-pink or reddish glow, but that will subside within a day or two.
Immediate improvements will be visible, but more than one treatment is usually necessary to maximize your results. In most cases, a course of 4 to 6 treatment sessions will be recommended. Follow-up sessions are usually spaced 1 to 2 weeks apart. Your final results will be long-lasting, but not permanent. Routine treatments will be needed to maintain your new look.