Microdermabrasion

Photo Courtesy of Eastside DermatologyMicrodermabrasion is a light non-invasive cosmetic procedure that exfoliates to gently remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells. There are two parts: an exfoliating material like crystals or diamond flakes and a machine-based suction to gently lift up the skin during exfoliation.

The vacuum pressure and speed are adjusted depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of the skin. Microdermabrasion is often compared to the feeling of a cat licking the skin- a rough but gentle texture. Minimal to no recovery time is required after microdermabrasion and most people immediately return to daily activity after a session. Makeup and non-irritating creams can usually be applied within a few hours or right after microdermabrasion. Since there is an often immediate increased minor skin sensitivity after microdermabrasion, irritating products like glycolic acids or fragranced creams and lotions are typically avoided right after the procedure.

Pre-Procedure Instructions:

The following procedures should not be performed for a minimum of 3 days before microdermabrasion:

  • Electrolysis
  • Laser treatments (any kind)
  • Injections (Collagen & BOTOX)
  • Chemical peels (any kind)

NOTE: If you have a history of herpes simplex virus (cold sores or fever blisters), in rare instances a reactivation of this condition could occur after treatment. Please inform your nurse or physician so that an anti-viral medication can be prescribed before the treatment.

Post-Procedure Instructions:

Cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen to your skin daily.

Do not directly expose the treated area to the sun for at least 48 hours after the treatment. Use a sunscreen every day that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, preferably one containing zinc or titanium dioxide which should not irritate the skin.

The following procedures should not be performed for a minimum of 3 days after microdermabrasion:

  • Waxing
  • Scrubs or exfoliants
  • Laser treatments (any kind)
  • Chemical peels (any kind)