Microdermabrasion is a painless, procedure that uses aluminum oxide crystals and suction to perform three critical functions: exfoliate the skin to promote cell renewal at the basal layer and increase collagen production below, stimulate circulation to promote growth of healthy new cells, and vacuum away debris and impurities that clog pores and allow therapeutic products to penetrate better. Studies have shown that the best results are achieved after a total of 6 sessions performed every 2 weeks. The following visible effects are seen with microdermabrasion: reduction of fine wrinkling, evening of pigmentation, reduction in acne and superficial scars, and enhancement of skin tone for a more lustrous look.
Following the instructions listed below can help minimize complications associated with microdermabrasion and provide you with optimal results. During the first 24-48 hours you will have a mild “rosy glow” mimicking a mild sunburn. For the next few days your skin will be in a vulnerable state and may feel wind burned, therefore good skin care is imperative.
- Do not use retinoids (tretinoin, tazarotene, adapalene) 7 days before the procedure.
- Avoid use of over-the-counter products containing glycolic acid, alpha-hydroxy, salicylic acid or beta-hydroxy, retinol, benzoyl peroxide or other exfoliating products for 3 days before.
- Wait 2 weeks after a chemical peel, filler or Botox injections, waxing, electrolysis, or other hair removal treatments before receiving microdermabrasion.
- Do not have microdermabrasion done if you recently had isotretinoin or laser resurfacing.
- Inform your doctor if you are prone to cold sores as you will need prophylaxis.
If you are experiencing any crusting, pus, increasing pain or redness, or fever, please call you doctor at (303) 796-8200, as these may be signs of an infection.