Understanding How Microdermabrasion Works

Summertime is all about getting outside and making the most of longer, warmer days. But while spending time in the sun may be great for your vitamin D levels, it can be tough on your skin. 

With the summer season coming to an end and cooler days on the horizon, there’s no time like the present to refresh, rejuvenate, and revitalize your complexion. 

Our skin care expert, Craig A. Foster, MD, FACS, specializes in providing the most advanced clinical corrective skin care treatments available, including microdermabrasion. Here’s how this gentle exfoliation technique works and what it can do for your skin.

Microdermabrasion basics

From the words “micro,” meaning small, and “dermabrasion,” meaning mechanical exfoliation, microdermabrasion is exactly that — the process of gently removing the outermost epidermal layer to remove dead skin cells and stimulate rapid collagen renewal.

Because it only exfoliates the outermost layer of skin cells, microdermabrasion is a noninvasive treatment that improves blood flow to your skin. It also causes your body to quickly ramp up its production of new, healthy skin cells. 

By clearing away dead cells from the surface of your skin and simultaneously prompting the regeneration of a fresh, vibrant epidermal layer, microdermabrasion leaves you with smoother, younger-looking skin and a brighter, more uniform complexion.

Microdermabrasion process

To perform a microdermabrasion treatment, Dr. Foster uses a sophisticated handheld device that fires water and highly pressurized crystals against the surface of your skin. 

An attached vacuum mechanism draws the exfoliating crystals back into the device, along with the debris, impurities, and dead skin cells that were loosened in the process. 

To customize your treatment to your specific skin needs, Dr. Foster may infuse your exfoliated complexion with a nutrient-rich serum; clear pores and improved circulation to your epidermal tissues makes your skin more receptive to rejuvenating skincare products.  

The treatment itself isn’t uncomfortable. Most people compare its gentle skin-buffing action and massage-like vibration to a cat’s rough tongue or a light scratching sensation. You’ll also feel mild suction as the device clears your skin.

Microdermabrasion protocol

Each microdermabrasion session lasts about 30 minutes. Although you can achieve major skin improvement and a brighter complexion in a single treatment, most people need a series of sessions to ensure optimal skin renewal.

Depending on your skin issues, Dr. Foster may recommend a series of six microdermabrasion treatments spaced a few weeks apart. Or, he may advise you to have two treatments in a month, followed by subsequent monthly treatments to keep your complexion looking its best.

On top of reversing the effects of sun damage, microdermabrasion minimizes the signs of aging, clears and tightens your pores, and smooths out uneven skin tone and texture. 

The treatment can:

As a noninvasive corrective treatment that doesn’t rely on chemicals to exfoliate your skin, microdermabrasion is a safe, quick, and easy way to improve your complexion and take years off your appearance with near-immediate results and zero downtime. 

Even better, the treatment is suitable for all skin types and doesn’t carry a risk of scarring or pigmentation changes. 

If you’re ready to find out how microdermabrasion can give you a beautiful complexion all year long, we can help. Call 212-744-5011 today to schedule a visit to our office in Manhattan, New York City.

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