Beautiful, healthy skin contributes to your overall appearance since it makes up most of your body. For this reason, it is best to ensure you take active steps to care for your skin. While having a skincare routine can help care for your skin, it often doesn’t fix skin concerns like enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and dull-looking skin complexion. If you have any of the above skin concerns, Ms. Valerie Calzada San Antonio may recommend microdermabrasion to renew your overall skin tone and texture.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure that uses an applicator with an abrasive surface to buff away the thick outer layer of your skin gently. The new skin that grows back is usually smooth and has an even skin tone and texture. Therefore, this procedure can effectively reduce the appearance of acne scarring, age spots, melasma, fine lines and wrinkles, and other skin concerns. A different microdermabrasion technique sprays fine particles of sodium bicarbonate or aluminum oxide to accomplish the same outcome.
How to prepare for microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure, so there is little you need to do for preparation. However, like any other cosmetic treatment, it is a good idea to consult a skin care professional to establish if microdermabrasion is right for you. During an initial consultation, your dermatologist may ask if you have had any previous procedures or surgeries. Expect a review of your medical history since it is part of establishing if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Before microdermabrasion, your provider may ask you to avoid sun exposure, tanning creams or beds, and waxing at least a week before treatment. You must also avoid exfoliating creams or masks at least three days before treatment. On the day of your appointment, you will need to remove any makeup and cleanse your face before the procedure.
What happens during microdermabrasion?
There are different microdermabrasion treatments, but all perform the same function – removing the outermost skin layer of dead cells. Using a handheld device, your provider sprays particles or sand on the targeted skin areas to rub away dead cells. Treatment takes about an hour, after which your provider applies moisturizer and sunscreen to your skin.
What to expect after microdermabrasion
You should be able to resume your everyday activities immediately after microdermabrasion; there is little to no downtime after the procedure. However, you should comply with post-treatment instructions as recommended by your provider.
For example, ensure your skin is always hydrated and use mild or gentle products. You should also avoid topical acne medications for at least 24 hours after treatment. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun in the few weeks after treatment, so use sunscreen for protection.
Expect noticeable results right after the procedure, including an improvement in your overall skin tone and texture. You may need multiple microdermabrasion sessions depending on your expectations and the severity of your skin concerns. Your provider may design a plant for the initial number of sessions and occasional maintenance treatments.
If you are considering microdermabrasion, consult your dermatologist at LUNA MED SPA & WASHINGTON OB-GYN, P.A. to establish your eligibility for the procedure.