Obtaining a fresh, youthful glow is something many people desire. You don’t have to undergo multiple cosmetic procedures when a single microdermabrasion treatment can provide you with amazing results. To learn the benefits, those in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and South Florida should visit board-certified plastic surgeon Adam J. Rubinstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., in Aventura.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a quick, non-surgical skin exfoliation technique in which the damaged top layer of the skin is gently removed to reveal a fresher, more youthful appearance. Used for several decades to improve the appearance of the skin, improved technology means that today’s microdermabrasion systems are safer and more effective.
The handpiece can eject crystals or it can contain a diamond head promoting a mechanical exfoliation.
- Microcrystals are propelled at high speeds across the surface of the skin, and vacuum pressure and mild suction helps to remove the top layer of the epidermis.
- The Diamond Dermabrasion machines contain a disposable or reusable diamond tips wands of varied size and coarseness for different skin types and depths of resurfacing. The wand tip is made of natural diamond chips which polish the skin and remove dead cells, which are then vacuumed back into a waste filter. Many professionals prefer natural diamond tips because they are easier to control and don’t irritate the skin (natural minerals are less likely to trigger adverse reactions).
The result is increased blood flow and circulation in the area that was treated. This stimulates new cell growth and collagen production. Sometimes called a “lunchtime” procedure, patients can have the procedure and return to work and normal activities the same day. The lack of recovery and pain make microdermabrasion an easier alternative to more complex procedures such as laser resurfacing. Microdermabrasion is an excellent choice for patients who want a quick, painless treatment for revitalized and glowing skin.
What Areas of the Body Are Treated with Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is most often used to treat the face, neck, and chest. Microdermabrasion is usually performed as a single procedure. However, sometimes an abbreviated version of microdermabrasion can be done before a laser treatment to get the best results. The microdermabrasion allows the laser to penetrate more deeply into the skin, providing enhanced results.
Am I a Candidate for Microdermabrasion?
You may be a good candidate for microdermabrasion if your skin has the following conditions:
- Rough texture
- Dull appearance
- Large pores
- Blackheads or whiteheads
Depending upon your desired result, you may have to have repeated microdermabrasion treatments every two to three weeks. The results of microdermabrasion generally last for a few weeks, and monthly maintenance may be necessary.
What is the Microdermabrasion Procedure Like?
First, your face will be cleansed of any dirt and oil. Protective goggles may be provided if crystals are going to be used during this treatment. A handheld device will be used to gently glide over your skin in a semicircular motion. Dead skin cells will be sloughed away by using a handpiece that either contains a diamond head or that ejects crystals. The dead cells will be brushed or vacuumed away. A moisturizer and a hydrating serum will be applied to your face followed by an SPF 30 sunblock once the treatment is completed. The procedure takes one hour or less and is not painful. The procedure is performed in Dr. Rubinstein’s office. You can leave immediately after the procedure is done.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
Deep exfoliation usually leaves the skin tighter and drier afterward. Microdermabrasion requires a few days of downtime or recovery. However, you can resume work and all other normal activities immediately. Your skin may appear a bit pink immediately after the procedure and you might feel a sensation of having a mild sunburn which should subside within a few hours. It’s not recommended to apply makeup for the first two days to avoid irritation or cross contamination with the use of a dirty brushes or sponges. Also, you should avoid sun exposure for 5-7 days after a treatment and make sure to use SPF 30 sunblock.
How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost?
Most health insurance providers will not provide coverage for the costs of microdermabrasion. To make your procedure more affordable, Dr. Rubinstein proudly offers financing
options for all of his patients. His office also accepts cash, personal checks, and credit cards. If you are not satisfied with how you look, it might be appropriate for you to consider getting microdermabrasion. To find out more, contact Dr. Rubinstein at his Aventura practice if you live in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or South Florida.