- Mild sun damage
- Uneven skin texture
- Dull complexion
Is Microdermabrasion Right for You?Facial microdermabrasion is sometimes performed with no medical oversight, often in conjunction with facial spa treatments. You can minimize your risks for complications and achieve optimal results by visiting a qualified plastic surgeon. Although the surgeon may not perform the procedure, you can rest assured that the surgeon’s employees are properly trained and supervised. Microdermabrasion is an excellent choice if you want to improve your complexion but don’t have the time to recover from a laser treatment or medium depth chemical peel.
How Microdermabrasion WorksThere are two kinds of microdermabrasion treatments. One approach involves a hand-held device that streams tiny crystals across your skin. An attached vacuum simultaneously suctions those exfoliating crystals back into the machine, along with the dead or loosened skin. The newer approach uses a diamond-tip wand that is gently moved across your skin to exfoliate. Each treatment will last about 30 minutes. You may feel a mild scratching as the procedure removes the superficial skin cells. Additionally, you’ll notice a vibrating sensation akin to a massage. There is also a suction mechanism to lift off the dead skin. Afterwards, your plastic surgeon may recommend a special moisturizer or facial product to enhance and prolong your result. But there is no down time or recovery period.
Special Considerations, Risks and RecoveryAny discomfort experienced as part of microdermabrasion is usually short-lived. This can include redness and swelling, which should subside within a few hours. Later, you can expect the skin to be flaky and dry for several days. Additional risks include the following:
- Mild post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Bruising which can occur from the suction, which may last several days.
- Your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. Be sure to use sunscreen, especially immediately following a microdermabrasion session.
Getting Started with Microdermabrasion in Boise
To learn more about microdermabrasion or other skin care options please contact our office to schedule your complimentary skin care consultation. Years of board certified plastic surgery experience, top-level training, and life-enriching results are just a short drive away with Boise’s own Jonathan Kramer, M.D.Read Reviews