It can be unnerving to look at yourself in the mirror and realize that the face looking back at you is not one that you recognize. There are a lot of reasons why this can happen, but one of the most startling changes that you can see in your face is a change in your pigmentation. Most people do not see a uniform change in the color of their face. Instead, they will see a blotchy pigmentation change. They may experience hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. When this happens, it is understandable that people start to panic. Thankfully, The American Academy of Dermatology has recommended microdermabrasion as an effective way to treat some forms of skin discoloration issues.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive and non-ablative procedure. In other words, it’s a procedure that is not designed to destroy skin tissue. Since skin tissue is not destroyed during the procedure, the amount of recovery time that an individual needs after microdermabrasion is little to none.
During the procedure, stream of tiny micro-crystals is aimed at the skin. During this procedure, dead skin cells that have formed on the epidermis are removed. At the same time that the crystals are being introduced to the treated area, a special device is being used to suction excess crystals and to remove the dead skin cells.
Microdermabrasion is considered to be a fairly comfortable procedure. As such, it does not require the use of anesthesia. Little to no downtime is involved afterward, making it a convenient treatment for people with busy schedules.
Microdermabrasion and Discoloration
Since microdermabrasion is going to remove that old layer of skin, discoloration issues improve immediately. The treated area will immediately look lighter. At the same time, microdermabrasion speeds up the skin’s natural healing process. Lost cells will be replaced by newer, healthier ones. When new skin cells are encouraged to grow, hyperpigmentation problems disappear.
One of the neat things about microdermabrasion is that it encourages your body to produce more collagen. This protein plays a pivotal role in giving your skin and your skin’s structure the support it needs. To a certain point, the more collagen you have in your skin, the stronger it will be, the more even skin tone you will have and the healthier your skin will appear.
Treating Your Skin Discoloration
Dealing with skin pigmentation issues can be frustrating. Thankfully, microdermabrasion is available as a powerful tool to help reverse some of the most frustrating skin problems. When you talk to the team at RidgeView Dermatology, you can learn more about this treatment and how it can be used in your case. We have offices in Lynchburg, Smith Mountain Lake and Forest. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.