Question: Is microdermabrasion effective for treating black heads?
Answer: Microdermabrasion is definitely going to improve blackheads by exfoliating the superficial skin and unclogging some pores. This can be used as a standalone treatment or as part of a skin care regimen including good topical agents to not only make the skin healthier but also to reduce acne.
Question: I have some minor redness from rosacea and a few broken blood vessels. Can microdermabrasion improve this?
Answer: Microdermabrasion will not improve the redness from rosacea or any broken blood vessels and, in fact, we would want to be extraordinarily careful in patients with redness and broken blood vessels since the microdermabrasion can actually be irritating in those skin types. I would highly recommend consideration of broadband light to improve the redness and broken blood vessels and good skin care to maintain this healthy improvement.
Question: Does microdermabrasion improve fine lines at all?
Answer: Microdermabrasion will definitely improve fine lines, but it is a very small amount of improvement compared to some more aggressive modalities such as laser resurfacing or wrinkle fillers; nonetheless, I feel that microdermabrasion, due to its complete lack of any downtime, is a very important part of a patient’s skin care regimen since it will allow their skin care products to work better and penetrate the skin easier. Many patients only need a handful of treatments a year but early on in their rejuvenation they may require monthly microdermabrasions to get the maximum result.
Question: Is there a difference in the appearance of the skin when comparing the results of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion? I am 37 years old and would like to have treatment on my face.
Answer: There is an extreme variety of different chemical peels and these can range from extremely light peels that will only create a slight glow and pinkness to the skin to extremely deep peels that would require a good week or even two weeks of healing time. So, to compare chemical peels to microdermabrasion is a difficult thing to do. Ultimately, I think it is important to see someone who has extensive experience treating the skin with a variety of different chemicals, lasers, and microdermabrasion so that we can customize the treatment plan for your specific skin problem and then end up giving you the result that you desire with as little downtime as possible. In fact, we frequently combine microdermabrasion with chemical peels performing both at the same setting to maximize your results while minimizing any side effects.
Question: Does microdermabrasion stimulate the skin to become more elastic and younger looking? Or is it just removing the outer layer of skin for a temporary change in appearance?
Answer: Microdermabrasion does more than just get rid of the dead layer of skin on the surface. The suction that is used in the device actually improves blood flow to the skin and can also improve collagen of the deeper layer of the skin although this is relatively subtle. Though there are much more aggressive treatments to the skin that are more effective than microdermabrasion, microdermabrasion treatment is extremely easy, painless, has an instant improvement in the condition of the skin, and can be repeated on a monthly basis. Furthermore, microdermabrasion allows your skin care products to work more effectively by allowing them to penetrate into the skin better. Ultimately, I feel that most of our patients would do well having a regular microdermabrasion on a monthly basis.
Question: Is microdermabrasion safe during pregnancy?
Answer: Yes, microdermabrasion is completely safe during pregnancy and is one of the few procedures or products that we will use on pregnant women. For the most part, I really recommend that women who are pregnant not undergo any sort of invasive procedure and I also recommend that they stay away from any pharmaceutical-grade skin care products even though there is really no scientific evidence that they would be harmful to the baby. Microdermabrasion, however, is noninvasive and uses no chemicals and, therefore, would be completely safe for a pregnant woman.
Question: I’ve been on Retin-A therapy for about a year. I’d like to know if I can undergo microdermabrasion or if I need to be off Retin-A first.
Answer: As long as the Retin-A is not irritating your skin, you can safely undergo a microdermabrasion while still using that product. In fact, the far majority of our patients that we see for skin care are on Retin-A on a virtually daily basis. If the concentration is appropriate for their skin type, they really should not have any significant irritation to the skin and, therefore, these patients can undergo routine microdermabrasion on a regular basis.
Question: I will be getting microdermabrasion treatments to my face and upper chest. Do I need to purchase special moisturizing creams for after the treatment? Will I need to stay out of the sun and, if so, how long?
Answer: Well, you should be able to continue to use your current skin care regimen and that should include a moisturizer if necessary, but you do not need to use anything special after microdermabrasion. But, do remember that your skin care products will typically work a little better after microdermabrasion, and you may want to use smaller quantities. Regarding the sun, you should always wear good skin protection. So, even after a microdermabrasion, you should not necessarily have to stay out of the sun, but you should continue to protect the skin with sunblock as you would any other day.
Question: Does microdermabrasion treat fine lines and wrinkles? How much improvement can I expect?
Answer: Microdermabrasion definitely treats fine lines and wrinkles and rather significant yet subtle improvement will be noticed. Medium to deep wrinkles really will not have any visual change with microdermabrasion, and you would need something more aggressive such as a laser resurfacing or deeper chemical peel to improve those types of lines. Realize that combination treatments such as microdermabrasion in combination with Retin-A can definitely reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Question: Is microdermabrasion effective for treating fine lines and wrinkles?
Answer: Microdermabrasion can definitely be used as part of a treatment plan that will improve fine lines and wrinkles. I highly recommend that patients consider regular microdermabrasions as part of their treatment regimen for their facial skin, even if we have performed some relatively aggressive surgical or laser type procedures in the past. The microdermabrasion helps rid the skin of its dead layer called the stratum corneum, this allows for a brighter, fresher look to the skin and also allows for our pharmaceutical strength skin care products to penetrate better and ultimately give them healthier, more vibrant skin.