If you’ve ever wished you had a more even skin tone, or wanted to remove blemishes such as dark spots and signs of aging, you may want to consider the cosmetic procedure known as microdermabrasion. During microdermabrasion, a licensed practitioner exfoliates the skin with tiny crystals in order to expose a new layer of fresh skin cells.
Who Is a Candidate for Microdermabrasion?
Unlike dermabrasion, microdermabrasion is safe and effective for people with all skin types and colors. It’s best for people who have minor cosmetic concerns such as dull skin, discoloration, light scarring, sun damage, or age spots. This procedure can help remove blackheads, lighten patches of darkened skin, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores, and treat acne. Because it is gentler than dermabrasion, it’s typically not effective for more serious issues such as acne scarring, wrinkles, and pockmarks.
Before the procedure, you’ll have a consultation where you’ll discuss what you want to achieve as well as the risks and benefits of the procedure. If you have any moles that are changing in size or shape, take certain acne medications, or scar easily, you may not be an ideal candidate for this procedure.
What Is Involved in Microdermabrasion?
This minor procedure does not require anesthesia. Using a handheld device, the practitioner will spray tiny crystals on your skin that help to remove the top layer and reveal the fresher skin underneath. While you may feel a “sanding” sensation, you shouldn’t feel pain during microdermabrasion. After this exfoliation, you’ll find that your skin appears softer and brighter. In addition to exfoliating, this procedure helps to thicken collagen, a protein in the skin that plumps and creates a youthful appearance.
What Is Recovery Like?
Microdermabrasion is ideal for those who don’t have the luxury of “down time.” After 24 hours, the redness should subside, and you’re able to return to normal activities immediately. You should use moisturizer and avoid sun exposure during that period. On an ongoing basis, be sure to protect your skin from the sun to preserve the effects of the procedure.
If you have skin imperfections that you want to correct, our team at Spa Black in San Antonio can determine whether microdermabrasion may be right for you. Our staff will work with you to determine the safest and most effective treatment for your skin. Contact Spa Black today to schedule your consultation and start your journey to healthier, younger looking skin.