From spots to scars to uneven color and texture, human skin can develop a wide range of issues as you age. While there is nothing wrong with living with these changes, many people decide they would prefer to get rid of them. If this is your choice, you have access to a myriad of different skin treatment options, but not all of these have the same risks, effects, or patient requirements. Microdermabrasion is a quick, effective, and safe way to clear spots, minor scars, and other skin issues. Available from the MedSpa at NOVA Plastic Surgery, this method lets you achieve the skin you seek with few risks or inconveniences.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that removes the outermost layer of your skin. Developed as a less aggressive alternative to traditional dermabrasion, it involves spraying your skin with small exfoliating crystals. By gently removing the outer layer, the crystals can eliminate aging spots, acne spots, uneven coloration and texture, and other skin issues that affect only the outer layer. Because it does not extend deeper than that layer, this procedure is not effective on certain scars, wrinkles, and other forms of damage that affect the skin underneath.
While salons and other non-medical institutions sometimes perform microdermabrasion, it is far safer to get it under the supervision of a licensed dermatologist. This allows the team performing it to address all safety and aesthetic issues as comprehensively as possible. When you trust the NOVA Plastic Surgery MedSpa team, we provide:
While you should notice the impact of microdermabrasion after a single treatment, several treatments may be necessary to fully solve the issue that you want to deal with. The effects of this method also do not last forever, so many people choose to get additional treatments periodically as they age. Depending on your skin, you may be able to have a session once a month, once every two weeks, or even once a week. Most patients will receive 5 to 16 rounds of microdermabrasion total.
For all the benefits of microdermabrasion, it isn’t for everyone. When you come in for your initial consultation, we will check for factors that could make this unsafe, such as:
Despite these limitations, microdermabrasion is a safe, effective skin treatment for a wide range of patients. Pay us a visit today to see if it is right for you!
How Does Microdermabrasion Affect My Skin?
Microdermabrasion has a number of positive effects on the skin, including:
The specific effects of microdermabrasion vary based on your skin tone and the issues you are trying to solve. Regardless of these particulars, however, patients have consistently been able to achieve a younger, clearer look through this quick, safe method.
How Long Will I Need to Recover from Microdermabrasion?
One of the many advantages that microdermabrasion has over most other skin treatments is that it does not require any downtime. You will be free to go about your daily routine as soon as you finish the procedure, though you should take a few precautions to make sure your skin is safe and the treatment is fully effective. These include moisturizing your skin regularly, as well as limiting your exposure to the sun.
You should also be prepared for some mild swelling in the area that was treated. Depending on your skin color, you may also find that the treated area becomes red or pink. As long as you stay out of the sun and keep yourself moisturized, these issues are likely to fade within a few days of the procedure. If they don’t, give us a call and we’ll make sure your skin is safe.
NOVA Plastic Surgery offers microdermabrasion and a myriad of other skin treatments from our MedSpa in Northern Virginia. Our goal is to provide safe, effective, enduring solutions for all our patients, no matter what skin issues they are dealing with. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.