Microdermabrasion - Patients ask, Dr. Ringpfeil answers
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Overview: Microcrystals are sprayed against the skin to encourage exfoliation and increase blood flow. Suction of the loosened skin particles stimulates some collagen production.
Expected results: Rejuvenation, even skin pigmentation and skin tone, melasma treatment, diminished acne activity, reduction of fine lines and shallow scars.
Preparation: The effects of microdermabrasion can be potentiated by starting sunscreens, a topical retinoid and if indicated, a hydroquinone-containing skin fading product, as part of a rigorous skin care regimen 1-2 months prior to your first treatment. The night before your treatment, any retinoid must be stopped and can be resumed the night after.
Post treatment instructions: The day of the treatment, apply a gentle moisturizer (with sunscreen if sun-exposed area was treated) to the treated area several times; resume your daily skin care regimen the day after the treatment.
Time to desired results: Smooth texture of the skin is noted the day after your first microdermabrasion but full effects are most obvious after a series of 3-6 treatments, spaced 3-4 weeks apart.
Duration of desired effects: Months to 2 years.
Contraindications: History of phenol peel, isotretinoin (Accutane) in the past 6 months, sunburn, recent tan.
Downtime: Mild redness for up to 24 hours (you should be able to return to work immediately).