Microdermabrasion sounds harsh. We know that “abrasion” means to scrape something, and that hardly seems like a healthy plan for our skin. Fortunately, dermatologists can use abrasive materials in ways that enhance the natural beauty of your skin.

What is Microdermabrasion?

If you’ve ever used an exfoliant that incorporates hard materials, like almond shells, to cleanse your skin, you’ve probably got an idea of what microdermabrasion does. It actually feels like a cat’s tongue licking your face. Using minute particles of crystal or diamond, this tool abrades the top layer of your skin. In some cases, a suction tool is used to pull dirt, debris, and dead skin off of the area being treated.

It’s a relatively gentle procedure, with a much shorter healing time than deeper chemical peels. Typically, the skin will be red for a few hours, with some dryness and flaking for a few days following the procedure. Applying a light moisturizer and sunscreen will help the healing process. Also, using alpha hydroxy acids and retinoids in your skincare regimen will increase the effectiveness and longevity of your microdermabrasion.

What Can Microdermabrasion Do?

Microdermabrasion can treat a range of skin concerns, including:

  • Age spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne
  • Dry Skin
  • Stretch Marks
  • Enlarged Pores

To maintain your results, it’s recommended that you undergo microdermabrasion every 1-2 months. Your doctor will help you find a care plan that fits your needs and your budget.

Is It Right for My Skin?

The only way to know that this procedure is right for you is to talk to your dermatologist. It’s essential to ensure that the doctor performing the procedure is board-certified and specially trained in the art of microdermabrasion. Some spas will offer the procedure, but without the standards of a doctor’s office, you may experience symptoms beyond the redness and dryness, including infection.

If you’re seeking microdermabrasion services in Edina, look no further than Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetics Institute.  With our staff of  Board-certified Dermatologists, Physicians Assistants and aestheticians on staff,  you can rest assured knowing that your skin is in good hands.