When it comes to protecting the most important organ we possess, skincare tops the list. While our skin works hard to protect us, it inevitably finds itself at the receiving end of natural and inflicted elements over time. Factors such as air pollution and UV rays have the potential to age skin more quickly than would otherwise naturally occur. The aging process plays a natural role in changing skin with collagen and elastin levels gradually decreasing leading to the likely development of fine lines and wrinkles. Other determining factors in skin’s overall health include tendencies toward acne as well as skin that leans towards dry or oily textures. Individuals looking to reduce or eliminate the effects of these conditions may want to consider the many benefits of microdermabrasion skin rejuvenation.
Often referred to as microderm, this skin rejuvenation technique is popular amongst patients for its non-invasive approach to improving skin’s overall appearance by working to remove dull, top layers that otherwise take away from tone and brightness. While microdermabrasion is known for clearing up and brightening up skin tone over the course of treatment, it also comes with the added benefit of helping skin become softer to the touch. Combined, these results leave patients with a more youthful complexion that is often more closely in-line with how they feel.
Microdermabrasion is administered in the comfort of an attending physician’s office as an outpatient procedure making it highly convenient and comfortable for patients. Treatments generally last an hour with the first 30-minutes dedicated to treating the skin and the second half of the session dedicated to moisturizing follow up that ensure successful results. Once the areas to be treated are clearly defined, an applicator is gently moved over the surface of the skin and through this process, small crystals work to buff dead skin away from the underlying tissue. Built into the applicator is a small vacuum that suctions away extracted skin as treatment continues to reveal fresh, smooth skin below. The follow up moisturizing treatment gives skin an extra dose of hydration and ensures that rejuvenation begins immediately.
One of the many reasons patients are drawn to microdermabrasion is the added benefit of little to no recovery time. Results are generally visible immediately following the procedure and patients can walk out of the office unassisted and resume their normal, everyday activities. Many physicians recommend patients schedule a series of treatments in order to achieve optimal results. For many, this includes a treatment every two weeks over the course of 12-weeks. Due to the efficient and highly-successful results associated with microdermabrasion, many patients choose to combine this treatment with other beneficial procedures including Botox or dermal fillers.
Incredible advancements in the field of cosmetic alterations mean patients today are no longer limited to invasive procedures with long recovery periods. Instead, patients enjoy the benefits of a vast portfolio of products and treatment options that can be customized to personal preferences and health profiles. Microdermabrasion continues to gain popularity in large part due to its highly effective results and stellar safety record. As an outpatient procedure, microdermabrasion does not come with any of the risks that would be associated with a long hospital stay, general anesthesia or extended recovery time. At most, patients have reported a mild sense of discomfort, redness or swelling at the treatment site. This type of discomfort is easily remedied with simple over the counter pain medications and generally disappears within a day or two following treatment. The elimination of local anesthetic means patients also don’t need to worry about the potential for allergic reactions.
As with the vast majority of cosmetic procedures, the cost associated with microdermabrasion treatments varies from patient to patient. The final cost is highly dependent on factors that include the number of treatments needed to achieve successful results and how many different areas are being treated. Type of skin and the severity of the original condition can also contribute to these factors.
If you’re considering the many benefits of microdermabrasion skin rejuvenation, the first step to making change a reality is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Wright and his professional staff at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center. Dr. Wright takes the time to review each patient’s medical history and ensures patients fully understand their treatment options before moving forward with a customized plan of action. Comprehensive patient care is our specialty and we work hard to make sure every patient has a personalized, safe and successful experience.