If you have light scarring on your skin and are looking for ways to treat it, you might want to ask our team at RidgeView Dermatology about microdermabrasion. You should especially do so if you are looking for a treatment that is non-invasive and does not require a period of time away from your normal activities for recovery.
Microdermabrasion is done when tiny exfoliating crystals are directed at the skin. The therapy is much less aggressive than dermabrasion, so the two should not be mistaken for one another. Dermabrasion is done when a hand-held instrument is used with an abrasive wheel that sands off the outer layer of the skin. It requires a recovery time until a new layer of tissue can start to grow back. Microdermabrasion is much gentler. It usually only causes some mild pinkness of the skin that will disappear within just hours or a couple of days. Otherwise, there are no side effects.
After you receive a microdermabrasion treatment, you can immediately return to your normal activities. However, you might want to stay out of direct sunlight for a couple of days. It would also be a good idea to use a moisturizing cream during this time. Our team will make sure to give you exact instructions regarding aftercare.
Acne scars are commonly treated with microdermabrasion. As long as the scars are not too deep, this method will work well. Deeper scars may require a different type of treatment. Our experienced medical professional will be in the best position to determine if your particular scars can be effectively removed with microdermabrasion. It will likely take a series of treatment sessions to achieve the desired results.
One of the ways microdermabrasion helps to eliminate light scarring is by increasing the collagen and elastin levels in the skin. These substances help to create healthy-looking skin. Therefore, when more collagen and elastin are present, some of the gaps that are left by the scars will be filled in, giving the skin a more even tone and texture.
In addition to helping with light scarring, microdermabrasion can also help to get rid of other things that are related to acne, like blackheads and whiteheads. Getting your acne properly treated early can be a key to preventing scarring. If you are struggling with acne, you might ask if microdermabrasion is a possible solution.
If your appearance is impacted by lines, wrinkles, age spots or discoloration, you could also benefit from microdermabrasion. These treatments will give your skin an overall smoother texture.