Considering facial microdermabrasion
Almost anyone can have microdermabrasion. It's a safe, non-invasive procedure when performed in a plastic surgeon's office, as well as an effective way to achieve superficial skin exfoliation, minimize the appearance of fine lines and reduce sun damage.
Microdermabrasion is a popular skin treatment among adult men and women as well as teens who wish to revitalize dull, rough or uneven skin.
Treating acne and acne scars with microdermabrasion
Some patients request microdermabrasion as a treatment for acne and acne scars.
While microdermabrasion can, especially as part of a routine skin regimen, keep your skin in excellent health by promoting cell turnover, it is not an ideal treatment for acne or acne scars.
While exfoliation and cell turnover can help keep your skin clear by reducing the dead skin debris that may clog pores and cause breakouts, it does not treat the p. acnes bacteria that causes acne.
Additionally, the light exfoliation provided by microdermabrasion does not penetrate deep enough to address most acne scars. For acne scar treatment, a TCA peel, phenol peel or dermabrasion resurfacing may be more effective.
What to expect during microdermabrasion treatment
During your microdermabrasion treatment, a device like a fine sandblaster sprays tiny crystals across your face, mixing gentle physical exfoliation with suction to remove the dead cells on the outer layer of skin.
A single microdermabrasion treatment can help improve your skin tone and texture, but repeating treatments every 3-4 months will provide you with the greatest skin rejuvenation benefits.
Risks and complications possible with microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a very low risk procedure. Temporary redness, skin irritation and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation may occur and last for a few hours after treatment, but no serious side effects or complications are likely to occur after this mild skin treatment.
Recovery after microdermabrasion
There is no recovery period following microdermabrasion, and no downtime is necessary. Patients may return to work and normal daily activities, including exercise, immediately after treatment.
Any mild redness or irritation you experience will quickly resolve. Makeup may be worn should skin discoloration occur.