Myths and Misconceptions of Microdermabrasion
Have you been thinking about Microdermabrasion (MDB)?
You’ve heard and read about it, but is it right for you? That depends on your skin care concerns and goals. It’s true that MDB can do some amazing things for your skin. However much of the consumer information is quite misleading. While still being very helpful, you should know the limitations of MDB before choosing this treatment.
MDB is a treatment that revitalizes your skin, cleanses pores and promotes new skin growth all resulting in improved skin texture and appearance. Micro-crystals are sprayed across the skin, shedding dead skin cells all while removing the debris. With repeated treatments skin becomes healthier, brighter, and more even toned.
Here are some clarifications of Microdermabrasion:
Myth: MDB can remove stretch marks.
Reality: First, there has been no proven treatment to completely remove stretch marks; MDB is not effective to improve this condition due to the depth within the skin that stretch marks exist. The only FDA approved and effective treatment is with a Palomar fractional laser which we do offer.
Myth: MDB is effective on acne scarring.
Reality: Depending on the severity of the scars, MDB can be helpful to improve mild acne scaring with the use of fractional laser therapy or combined with a series of peels but is not so effective by itself.
Myth: MDB can erase age spots and sun spots.
Reality: MDB may have some improvements on faint, superficial spots with multiple treatments. For darker pigmentations, a combination of chemical peels with Intense Pulsed Light treatments is recommended.
Myth: MDB is painful and requires a lot of downtime.
Reality: MDB is generally non-invasive which can be adjusted to your skin’s tolerances. A slight pink appearance following a treatment usually lasts only a few hours. You can return to work or other commitments immediately following your treatment.
Myth: MDB is no more effective than a scrub.
Reality: You will see greater results with medical grade MDB than an at home scrub. You can expect to leave with brighter, smoother skin! Be careful with over the counter “scrubs” because exfoliating grains can be uneven and jagged which causes tearing of the skin!
Myth: MDB can remove wrinkles.
Reality: MDB can help only soften fine lines over time but deeper lines and wrinkles require Botox, Fillers or the Fractional Laser for resurfacing.
Is Microdermabrasion right for you? If you are looking to rejuvenate dull, lackluster skin, then yes! With regular treatments (every 4-6 weeks) and a good home skincare regimen, you will be on your way to healthier, younger looking skin! To schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your skincare goals and treatment options, give us a call at 430-7690!.
Author: Brooke Craze, Master Esthetician and Virginia Surgical Arts, LLC