Microdermabrasion is a resurfacing treatment designed to exfoliate dead skin cells and produce a rejuvenated appearance, more refreshed tone, and even texture for facial skin. This non-surgical, non-invasive procedure available from our skilled aestheticians can be an excellent method for enhancing skin complexion and reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, and age spots. It can typically be performed on all skin types with stunning results.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a professional exfoliation treatment that gently removes the upper layers of dead and damaged skin cells to improve the appearance of common skin-related issues. The procedure involves using a handheld device to carefully spray on exfoliating crystals to sand away the outermost layer of dead skin cells. Both the exfoliating crystals and any particles and debris that become dislodged from the skin are vacuumed and discarded during the procedure.
A safe and effective procedure for people of all skin types and colors, microdermabrasion can help with the following concerns:
- Sun damage and sun spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Age spots, brown spots, and hyperpigmentation
- Acne and minor acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Light facial scars
- Pockmarked skin
- Uneven skin pigmentation or texture
- Dull skin tone or dull complexion
- Enlarged pores and blackheads
Am I a Candidate for Microdermabrasion?
You might be a good candidate for microdermabrasion if you are looking for a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that enhances your skin’s natural beauty while reducing common signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, or an overall dull facial skin appearance. Please let your aesthetician know if you’ve recently had a chemical peel, Botox, facial fillers, collagen injections, laser, or invasive skin treatment, as you may need to wait a week or two to allow your skin to fully heal before microdermabrasion.
You may not be a candidate for microdermabrasion at this time if you are:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have active cystic acne
- Have very dry skin
- Have an open rash or broken skin
- Prone to getting keloids
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Preparing for Microdermabrasion
Although microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure, it is important to prepare to make sure you obtain the best results possible. In the days leading up to your microdermabrasion treatment:
- Avoid using Retin-A skincare products and discontinue mechanical exfoliation
- Refrain from tanning or using tanning creams/sprays
- Stay out of the sun and wear UV protection of 30 SPF or higher
- Wash your face with a lipid-free, non-soap-based cleanser
- Avoid waxing the treatment area
Microdermabrasion Procedure & Recovery
Microdermabrasion involves a controlled spray of fine, exfoliating crystals that will be guided over the surface of the skin. This gentle surge works to delicately remove the top layer of skin in a safe manner, typically leading to a fresher, healthier complexion. Due to the mild nature of this technique, a series of about six to eight 30-minute treatments performed over the course of several weeks is often necessary to achieve optimal results.
Following microdermabrasion, most patients are able to continue normal daily routines immediately. Some temporary redness may occur in the treatment areas, but this coloring should dissipate within about 24 hours. Additionally, it is important to keep the skin clean and well moisturized for several days after treatment in order to maintain results. Your aesthetician at the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation will recommend skin care products to keep your complexion healthy following your first treatment session.
Most people see improvements after their first microdermabrasion session, but it usually takes four to six treatments to see significant results. Boston patients who have had Microdermabrasion Facials performed by one of our aestheticians are very happy with the results, and many return to the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation for other services like Botox®, dermal fillers, and advanced laser treatments.
To schedule a consultation with one of our aestheticians or for more information about microdermabrasion or any other non-invasive treatments available at the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation, please contact us at 617.735.8735 or fill out our online Contact Us form. The Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation has two offices for your convenience: 69 Newbury Street in Boston and Brookline Place in Brookline.
Microdermabrasion Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of Microdermabrasion depends on each patient’s individual aesthetic needs and goals. For more specific information on Microdermabrasion at the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation, please contact our Patient Coordinator, Robyn Sola.
The longevity of your microdermabrasion results will depend on how well your skin heals after treatment. On average, the effects of the treatment typically last for one month or longer.
Yes! When performed by a licensed and experienced aesthetician, microdermabrasion is considered a safe procedure for most people.
The main difference between microdermabrasion and dermabrasion is the intensity of each treatment. Whereas microdermabrasion is a minimally-invasive procedure that removes the outer layer of skin cells, dermabrasion is a cosmetic surgery procedure where a dermatologist or plastic surgeon uses a specialized instrument to scrape the topmost layers of skin, not just dead cells. Both procedures result in healthier-looking skin and increased collagen growth.
What are the benefits of microdermabrasion treatment?
Benefits of microdermabrasion include:
• Smoother skin
• Diminished wrinkles and fine lines
• Clearer skin
• Improved acne scars
• Shrunken pores
• Overall brighter skin