What is Microdermabrasion?

MicrodermabrasionParticle Skin Resurfacing or microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, non-surgical, procedure that uses a highly controlled spray of fine aluminum oxide crystals to remove the outer layer of skin and reveal a younger, tighter, and more radiant skin underneath. Microdermabrasion is commonly used to treat acne, scars, lesions, black heads and white heads, fine wrinkle lines, oily skin, and sun damaged areas. The substances used in this procedure are sand like particles that work only on the skin surface, called the epidermis. This procedure is not effective for deep scars, deep wrinkles, melasma, or vitiligo patients.

How is microdermabrasion performed?

The substances that are included in microdermabrasion are retinoin, alpha-hydroxy acids, retinoic acid, and topical vitamin C along with a high pressure stream of aluminum oxide or salt crystals. Eyes are protected before the treatment is performed to prevent redness, eye irritation and other eye related problems. The average procedure takes less than 30 minutes, depending on the skin condition, the area to be treated, and the desired outcome. Patients will notice improvements in their texture and appearance of their skin immediately after their first treatment.

The most commonly treated area is the face but microdermabrasion can also be used on your neck, hands and chest. After this procedure, some ointment and creams are applied. Sunscreen should be applied regularly to avoid any sun burn.

The Benefits of the PSR procedure over dermabrasion, acid peels and laser peels include:

  • Little pain or discomfort
  • No recuperative period
  • Minimal risk
  • Treats all skin types
  • No anaesthesia
  • No down time

To know more details on microdermabrasion please contact your Cosmetic Surgery Practitioner.

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