Pioneered in Europe, this is the latest nonsurgical procedures to make your skin smoother and younger looking. It literally makes your skin glow by renewing it.
It is also advertised under a variety of names such as Parisian Peel, Particle Skin Resurfacing, Power Peel, Derma Peel, etc.
Microdermabrasion is a simple, quick and very affordable alternative to Laser Face Resurfacing and Peels.
Traditional methods such as Dermabrasion and Laser Face Resurfacing can accomplish the same in one treatment but the down time is measured in weeks and there are added risks such as persistent redness and discoloration of the skin, which can be long lasting or permanent. In Microdermabrasion there is no downtime and it is much cheaper despite the draw back that more than one treatment is usually required.
In this procedure the skin is lifted via negative pressure and a jet of fine crystals one hundred micron in size ablates the skin at right angles and then all debris is vacuumed off. This results in a precise thinning down of the skin and has been described as “sandblasting with velvet” since the technique is applied gently and softly.
The beauty of it is that you can return to work right away after applying make-up (if not your skin will be pink for a few hours), there are no side effects, there is minimal to no discomfort with no anesthesia required and every skin type can be treated. However, you should avoid sun tanning for several weeks before starting Microdermabrasion.
It is indicated for fine lines and wrinkles, sun damaged skin, acne or acne scars, neck and decollete and traumatic (hypertrophic) scars. Contraindications are malignant tumors, tattoos, use of Accutane, and certain dermatological skin conditions.
The course of treatment is customized for your particular needs and depends on the skin condition to be treated. It may be as brief as one treatment or more commonly a series of sessions ( 6–18 ) which can last from 10-20 minutes. Usually right after your first treatment your skin will appear to be much fresher, smoother and glowing. After, to maintain your achieved result you will be started on a skin care program.
Our center operates the SMEI which is a powerful system available only to physicians and should not be confused with other advertised microdermabraders. This latest state of the art medical device unlike most of the others uses aluminum hydroxide crystals (and not aluminum oxide) which are more inert and therefore are more gentle to your skin especially if you have delicate or sensitive skin.
To see our extensive photographic catalogues of pre-operative and post-operative photographs please contact our office and schedule a complimentary consultation.