Posted by: Skin and Cancer Institute in Cosmetic Procedures, Medical Dermatology

Microdermabrasion is a far more powerful exfoliation than anything that can be performed at home with a scrub. It is a mechanical dermabrasion, utilizing a machine in the office of a dermatologist.

Microdermabrasion is a sought-after technique, with a number of facial benefits. It will smooth rough skin and scarring, soften fine lines and wrinkles, reduce age spots (hyperpigmentation) and decrease the appearance of large pores. The use of skin-renewal products is then enhanced; and high-tech syrums can enter the deeper layers of skin and begin rebuilding collagen from the inside out. Collagen renewal is highly desirable for aging skin, as it plumps up the dermal layer, giving a smooth and youthful appearance.

The outer layer of skin is removed in microdermabrasion, which has many benefits. The outer layer of skin may become cross-hatched and wrinkled with sun exposure and aging. This can contribute to an undesirably aged appearance.

Facial scarring from acne or accidents can be of concern and can be treated with microdermabrasion. Dermatologists recognize the dramatic results that microdermabrasion can offer as a solution to these imperfections.

It usually takes only about 30 minutes for a microdermabrasion treatment, and there is no down-time for the skin to heal. For best results, a series of treatments is recommended. Usually, the esthetician will recommend the number of treatments a person will need, and can adjust accordingly for sensitive skin.

Dermatologists advise a few cautions after Microdermabrasion treatments. It is important to realize that the outer layer of skin is for protective purposes. Before it renews itself, a person must be extremely cautious about sun exposure. A gentle sun block should always be worn, even if the day looks cloudy. Also, vigorous exercise should be avoided after such a treatment, until the skin can rebuild itself.