Nonsurgical skin treatments have become immensely popular in recent years, with a decline in invasive procedures seen since 2000. And there are several nonsurgical options, depending on what you need, with Botox®, dermal fillers, and chemical peels among the most common.
One method used for a variety of medical and cosmetic skin conditions is microdermabrasion. And it’s one of the many effective skin care treatments offered by Dr. Javier Zelaya and our team at the three New York City locations of Skinworks Dermatology.
Here’s a closer look at how microdermabrasion works, what conditions it can treat, and how it might benefit you.
How does microdermabrasion work?
Microdermabrasion is a type of skin resurfacing that sands away your outer layer of skin to improve skin tone and texture.
To achieve this, we use a diamond-tipped handpiece that emits fine particles of materials, such as aluminum oxide and sodium bicarbonate crystals, and suctions the materials from your skin once they’ve removed the unwanted layers from the treatment area.
This process helps to promote the production of collagen, a common protein in your skin that’s instrumental in skin structure. After healing, you see that the areas treated have been exfoliated, replaced by smoother, younger-looking skin.
What problems can microdermabrasion treat?
Microdermabrasion is used to treat a number of conditions, including:
- Fine lines
- Enlarged pores
- Acne and acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin tone
- Sun damage
It’s important to avoid tanning creams, sun exposure, and waxing for about a week before your procedure, and keep your skin hydrated after the procedure, which takes about a half-hour.
You can expect immediate results, but avoid sun exposure after treatment for a few weeks. Multiple sessions may be necessary, depending on the condition being treated.
What benefits can you expect from the treatment?
Once the procedure is finished, you can expect to enjoy several benefits, such as:
As a noninvasive, outpatient procedure, once you’re done, you can get back to your day. The treated area simply needs to be covered to avoid irritation as it heals.
And speaking of healing, it won’t take long to recover from the treatment, and you can stay active as you heal. Your skin may look pink and feel tight initially, but the combination of staying hydrated and using any recommended creams should take care of that.
The best part is that microdermabrasion gets results, and you don’t have to wait long to see them. Whether it’s acne scars, melasma, or hyperpigmentation, microdermabrasion can take care of the problem. Once healed, your skin looks better than ever.
To solve your skin problem without invasive treatment, microdermabrasion just might be the answer. Learn more by calling the Skinworks Dermatology office in Maspeth, Chelsea, or Park Slope, or make your appointment online today.