It’s easy to look at celebrities and decide that they are simply blessed with perfect skin. But the truth is that perfect skin doesn’t happen by magic – and everyone has at least one skin issue they are self-conscious about. The good news is that perfect skin is perfectly achievable with the right aesthetic treatments and enough patience. At South Lake OBGYN in Clermont, FL, we know that microdermabrasion treatments are an ideal solution for virtually all skin types and concerns.
What Are the Benefits of a Microdermabrasion Facial?
Microdermabrasion is essentially an exfoliating facial. This treatment works by sloughing off the top layer of skin cells on the skin surface to unveil fresh, new skin cells underneath. This aesthetic treatment is intended primarily for treating superficial skin concerns, which are the skin concerns that appear on the very surface of the skin.
One of the main benefits of this treatment is the fact that it is non-invasive, which equals less money, less pain, and less downtime for patients. Non-invasive and non-surgical treatments are also ideal options for those with mild to moderate appearance-related concerns. Some other benefits of this aesthetic treatment include:
Improved Skin Texture
Skin texture is often the main problem many people have with their overall appearance and skin health. Skin texture refers to any issue that is detected by touch, such as dry skin, rough skin, bumpy skin, and loose skin. Textural skin concerns can be caused by a variety of factors, such as poor moisture balance in the skin, dry and cold climate, and even hormones. Sometimes skin texture issues are caused by the natural aging process and the decline of collagen within the skin.
This exfoliating treatment can improve the quality of skin texture by removing imperfect skin cells that are causing dry or rough skin texture. Exfoliating the skin also works to stimulate collagen production, which can increase the firmness of the skin and correct minor skin laxity.
Better Skin Tone
Skin tone problems are often difficult to treat because tone issues generally occur beneath the first layers of the skin. Skin tone issues such as sun damage, pigmentation, dark spots, and other blemishes are generally found in skin cells themselves, and sometimes can be chronic or permanent. However, you can correct an uneven skin tone, redness, irritation, and blemished through exfoliating the skin. By removing the topmost layers of the skin, the affected skin cells are also removed and new skin cells without pigmentation concerns are revealed.
Reduced Signs of Aging
We all have to deal with the signs of aging eventually, and two of the most common early signs of visible aging are fine lines and skin laxity. While we know that this treatment can improve the texture of the skin by stimulating collagen to make skin feel more supple, it’s worth noting that repeated exfoliation treatments like this one can also work to reduce fine lines.
The fact that this treatment can reduce fine lines is, in part, because of renewed collagen production and blood flow beneath the skin surface. However, another reason this treatment works to reduce the signs of aging is that when dead skin cells are removed from the skin surface, they will no longer sit in skin creases and draw attention to fine lines on the face.
Minimize Acne Scarring
Similar to the way this treatment helps with the signs of aging, this treatment can also minimize acne scarring. There are several different types of scars or signs of acne that can be resolved with this treatment. For example, problems such as enlarged pores can be reduced since exfoliating treatments help unclog pores and shrink the size of pores over time.
One of the most prominent signs of acne is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is the red or brown patch left on the skin for as many as two to six weeks after acne has gone away. This type of hyperpigmentation can be reduced by the exfoliation of surface skin cells. The appearance of atrophic acne scarring can also be reduced as skin tones and tightens from the treatment.
Proactive Skin Health
The key to healthy skin is a regular natural skin cell turnover cycle, which allows the skin to naturally shed and replace dead skin cells. However, the fact of the matter is that not everyone has a healthy or regular skin cell turnover cycle. Due to factors such as stress, hormones, and skin conditions, some people may have partial cycles of cellular turnover that make it hard to shed dead skin cells. When dead skin cells stay on the skin surface, pores become clogged and it becomes easier to have skin conditions such as acne or dermatitis.
You can be proactive about your skin health when you use this treatment. This is because good skin health and hygiene involves regularly exfoliating the skin to ensure that dead skin cells don’t trap dirt, oil, or bacteria on the skin. At home, you can use manual scrubs to exfoliate up to one to three times a week. However, because at-home exfoliants are often too harsh or not effective, using an exfoliating treatment such as this one will ensure that all dead skin cells are removed cleanly, safely, and correctly from the skin.
Easier Product Absorption
This treatment is also the key to easier product absorption. One of the reasons why proper exfoliating is so important to skin health is the fact that removing dead skin cells from the skin surface makes it easier for skincare products to penetrate deeper skin layers. The goal of certain active skincare ingredients is to access deeper skin cells to improve cellular function to improve turnover or skin cell health. When the skin is exfoliated, active skincare products can reach deeper and produce better results.
Versatile and Effective Treatment
This exfoliating treatment is also highly versatile. While this treatment can be used on the face, it can also be used on certain areas of the body to improve skin health. For example, this treatment can be used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the stomach or under the arms. This treatment is also highly effective, as it gently and consistently removes dead skin cells to enhance the appearance and health of the skin.
What Should You Expect From This Treatment?
As a facial treatment, the process for this treatment is the same as many other facials. For example, this treatment will start with cleansing the skin of any dirt, make-up, or oil. Then, a handheld device will be used to spray microscopic crystals over the surface of your face to exfoliate your skin. Overall, this treatment will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete, or longer if you have add-on requests for your facial.
There is not much you will need to do to prepare for your treatment, but after your appointment you must wear adequate SPF to protect your skin from sunlight. You will also need to avoid hot water, harsh cleansers, and products containing acid or retinoids for the first 24 to 48 hours after your treatment.
Will This Treatment Hurt?
No, this treatment is not painful. In fact, this treatment has a soothing sensation as the crystals are sprayed over the skin. There is no need for numbing cream to be applied to the skin for your comfort.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Many patients find that they will need a few treatments to achieve optimal results. For mild to moderate superficial concerns, three to six consecutive treatments spaced several weeks apart will exfoliate the skin well enough to reduce the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, and deeper pigmentation concerns. However, one treatment can also be effective enough to visibly improve the appearance of the skin and achieve perfect skin results.
How Frequently Can You Have Treatments?
You can have this treatment about once a month to improve the tone and health of your skin. This treatment frequency is ideal because it matches your body’s natural skin cell turnover cycle, which takes about 28 days to complete. The frequency of your treatments may also be determined by your age; mature patients may need this treatment every six weeks to achieve desired results.
How Long Do Results Last?
The results of this treatment will last for several days. Immediately after your appointment, you will notice a visible improvement in the appearance of your skin. These results will last for the first five to seven days of your treatment and will be when your skin appears the most radiant. The results of your treatment will continue to be impressive for the next week or so, depending on your skincare habits and skin health.
How Can You Manage Results?
Managing your results is all about timing and skincare products. If you want to maintain the results of your treatment, then attending your regularly scheduled maintenance appointments is key. Using skincare products to address your primary skin concerns, such as anti-aging products, can also maintain the results of your treatment. Additionally, wearing SPF when you plan to be outside during the day can also manage your results and protect your newly revealed skin cells from UV ray free radicals that may contribute to skin aging and damage.
Can You Use This Treatment With Others?
Yes, this treatment can be used in conjunction with many other aesthetic treatments. For example, you may want to combine this exfoliating facial with a basic relaxing facial or a hydrajelly mask to enhance the moisture in your skin. Some patients may find better results when alternating this treatment with other exfoliating treatments, such as chemical peels. You can also use the Forma facial and other treatments to achieve your ideal results.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Most adults of all skin tones and types are good candidates for microdermabrasion. Because this treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical, it is an ideal solution for those who have superficial skin concerns, including scarring and age-related concerns. You are likely a good candidate if you want to improve the appearance of conditions such as:
- Enlarged pores
- Fine lines
- Uneven pigmentation
- Acne scars
- Sun damage
- Uneven texture
- Dry and dull skin
Perfect Skin Is Achievable With Microdermabrasion Treatments
Perfect skin isn’t a matter of winning the genetic lottery or a magical dose of good luck – perfect skin happens when you can combine patients, hard work, and the right aesthetic treatments. Microdermabrasion is an incredibly versatile treatment that can visibly improve the appearance of your skin and help you be proactive about the health of your skin. If you think microdermabrasion is a good fit for your skin goals, please contact South Lake OBGYN in Clermont, FL to schedule your initial appointment today.