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10 Benefits of Microdermabrasion


Did you know that microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that removes dead cells using crushed crystals? It is a non-surgical skin procedure that helps remove the top layer of dead skin cells. This procedure is performed as an alternative to chemical peels and other methods used to treat scars, hyperpigmentation, photodamage, fine lines, and wrinkles. The goal is to give the skin a smoother appearance and feel. This article will discuss how microdermabrasion benefits people with dull or damaged skin, acne scars, blackheads, and fine lines.

While this article spells out some important information about 10 benefits of microdermabrasion , we highly recommend you read the full article, here are the key points we will focus on:

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What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation treatment that gently sloughs away dead surface skin cells and creates a smoother, softer appearance. It helps thicken your collagen, a protein in your skin that is abundant when you are young, and makes your complexion even and texture taut. As we age, our collagen production declines—along with the quality of skin’s appearance. During the treatment, microcrystals remove months of built-up dead skin cells, allowing your skin to glow like never before and improve its texture.

How Does Microdermabrasion Work?

Microdermabrasion uses a medical-grade vacuum attached to a cylindrical handpiece that has a thin layer of crushed crystalline solids at the tip. The best quality machines use diamond dust as their crystal. The cosmetic specialist traces the tip along the surface of your skin as suction is applied, this creates a uniform pressure as diamond dust removes the topmost layer of skin cells. The dead skin cells get vacuumed up into the filter of the microdermabrasion device. It’s like a very fancy, very controlled, sandpapering of the skin. This process helps to exfoliate the dead skin, allowing your skin to breathe. It also improves the health and appearance of skin texture and reduces acne scars and spots. Patients can expect their skin to feel refreshed, soft and smooth. The experts at Bryn Mawr Dermatology thoroughly evaluate your skin before each microdermabrasion treatment. They ensure the procedure is safe for you and will provide the results you want—you may consider microdermabrasion to:

  • Eliminate wrinkles
  • Reduce pore size
  • Vanish brown spots
  • Reduce acne scars
  • Treat areas of hyperpigmentation

10 Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Here are the ten best reasons why microdermabrasion could be the right choice for you:

1. Improves the skin’s texture

Microdermabrasion can be used to treat coarse skin. The microcrystals in the treatment help remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, revealing smooth new tissue underneath.

2. Reduces scars

Microdermabrasion can smooth the edges and surface of a scar, as well as stimulate collagen production to produce healthy new skin cells—all of which help heal damaged tissue.

3. Reduces pigmentation

Microdermabrasion includes treatments that can help even skin tone, minimizing the appearance of age spots and other pigmentation problems.

4. Non-invasive Treatment

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that improves the appearance of the skin by removing dead cells from its surface with no numbing and little-to-no downtime.

5. Improves fine lines

Microdermabrasion can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and stimulate collagen production, which may prevent deeper wrinkles.

6. Brightens dull skin

Microdermabrasion removes the outer layer of dead skin cells, exfoliating your face and revealing healthy new skin.

7. Reduce age spots

Microdermabrasion can make your skin look smoother and more even, minimizing the appearance of age spots or other skin discolorations.

8. Suitable for most skin types

Microdermabrasion is safe for all skin tones and even the most sensitive skin types since it is chemical and light-free.

9. Reduce congestion

Microdermabrasion is effective in treating congested pores by eliminating dead skin and oil, but it’s most powerful when you combine the treatment with alpha hydroxy acids.

10. Painless treatment

Microdermabrasion is a painless facial treatment that helps improve the texture and appearance of your skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and lighten age spots and uneven pigmentation.

It’s safe, it’s affordable, and it works! Talk to Bryn Mawr, Dermatology experts, to learn more about this procedure.

Who is Microdermabrasion Best Suited for?

Microdermabrasion is best suited for people who struggle with age spots, uneven skin discoloration, sun damage, and acne scars. It’s also suitable for softening shallow lines and wrinkles, clearing clogged pores, or evening out their complexion.

Tips for Preparing for your Microdermabrasion Session

The best part of microdermabrasion is that it is appropriate at any time of the year, for any color skin, and with very little preparation. But, if you want to get the most out of your microdermabrasion session, you’ll want to: 

  • Discontinue any exfoliative products or procedures seven days in advance of your appointment. These include retinoid products (products with tretinoin, adapalene or tazarotene as active ingredients), glycolic and salicylic acid and physical scrubs including Ultrasonic brushes.
  • Also avoid any other cosmetic treatments one week in advance of your procedure. All of these can make your skin fragile and more susceptible to damage.
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption affect the way your skin heals. If you can avoid these activities at least a week in advance of your therapy, it will be more effective and cause less down-time.
  • Refrain from all forms of tanning – including natural sun exposure, tanning beds and spray/lotion tanning for 2-4 weeks before the treatment.
  • Stay hydrated. Skin that is hydrated from within is healthy skin.

Our skin care specialists will discuss your aesthetic goals and expectations before, during, and after the session—along with any medical conditions or concerns you may have—during our in-depth consultation to help achieve a healthy, beautiful appearance.

How Long Until you see Results with Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion works by using tiny crystals to gently abrade the surface of your skin, removing dead cells and allowing new ones to take their place. The results can be seen almost immediately after you start treatment and will last up to three months after full recovery from the procedure.

Why Choose Bryn Mawr Dermatology for Microdermabrasion?

At Bryn Mawr Dermatology, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy and youthful appearance. For many people, the easiest way to achieve that is with a microdermabrasion treatment to remove the top layer of skin. Microdermabrasion has grown in popularity because it works and the results are undeniable. Our aestheticians are certified and trained experts that take the time to understand and address your concerns. Our skilled dermatologists will evaluate your concerns during your consultation and determine an ideal treatment plan for your specific case. Our Bryn Mawr office is beautifully equipped, so you’ll feel at home as soon as you walk in the door. Get started today by calling our dermatology team at (610) 525-7800. We look forward to caring for you!

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