What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a skin restoration process utilizing fine crystals and a controlled suction to gently slough away dead skin cells and photodamage revealing softer, smoother, and more vibrant looking skin. The desired effect of significant texture and color improvements will continue after several treatments. Microdermabrasion is a safe alternative to laser resurfacing and chemical peels with absolutely no downtime. A prepping toner is first applied to the skin to remove excess oils for better application and penetration. The machine then delivers fine, sanitary aluminum oxide crystals to the face that “sand blasts” away dead skin and impurities. Cool compresses and a calming mask are then applied while the patient relaxes and receives a soothing scalp massage. A replenishing cream and a broad spectrum sun block is applied to finish the procedure.
What are the benefits?
Microdermabrasion activates the collagen fibers in the skin through increased stimulation and circulation, therefore enhancing skin appearance and texture. The thorough exfoliation improves and lightens hyperpigmentation (brown spots), helps rid skin of fine lines and wrinkles, improves the appearance of acne scarred skin, aids with the treatment of acne, and improves the appearance of new “pink” stretch marks. After a revitalizing microdermabrasion treatment, the rejuvenated skin is visibly more healthy and vibrant.
How often can treatments be performed?
Virginia Surgical Arts specializes in catering to our patient’s individual skin care needs. Although there are immediate benefits after one microdermabrasion treatment, optimal results are seen with a series of five treatments.
How much time is needed for each treatment?
On average, the appointment books for 1 hour with the actual procedure lasting approximately 45 minutes.
How soon will the results be visible?
Results will be noticed immediately but because every individual’s skin is different the visible improvements will vary.
Is it painful?
Our patient’s comfort is the top priority at Virginia Surgical Arts. Microdermabrasion is not painful and requires no topical anesthesia. Your skin may have a tight, warm sensation which subsides rather quickly.
Am I a good candidate?
Microdermabrasion is safe and effective for all skin types and for anyone interested in improving the appearance of:
- Scarring, including acne scars
- Mild to moderate acne
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tones and pigmentation problems
- Sun damaged skin
- Dull, lifeless skin
Who should NOT have Microdermabrasion?
You should not have a microdermabrasion treatment on the affected area if you have the following:
- Undiagnosed lesions
- Recent herpes outbreaks
- Active, weeping acne
- Active Rosacea
- Unstable diabetes
- Auto-immune system disorders
- Retin A users
- Recent sun exposure, laser, waxng, or chemical peels in the treated area
How does Microdermabrasion compare to a Chemical Peel?
With microdermabrasion there is no preconditioning, no anesthesia, no chemicals, no “downtime”, and it can be performed on all skin types. This noninvasive procedure, performed by a licensed aesthetician, will improve your overall appearance with no disruption from your daily activities.
At Virginia Surgical Arts, we are commited to providing our partients with the safest and most effective technology on the market. If you are considering microdermabrasion, allow us the opportunity to provide you with a free consultation to address any questions or concerns you might have. At Virginia Surgical Arts, we are equipped with an on site Medical Director and a Licensed Master Aesthetician. Call today! (757) 430-7690.