During Microdermabrasion (MCD) a pressurized wand delivers
a fine mist of aluminum oxide crystals to gently resurface the skin. Microdermabrasion
has been used in the U.S. since 1997 but has been used in Europe since
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Microdermabrasion can help in treating some forms of
sun-damaged skin, acne, acne scarring, blackheads/whiteheads, fine wrinkles,
superficial age spots and melasma. Multiple Microdermabrasion treatments
may be necessary to be of benefit to stretch marks and thickened acne
Your skin is a living organ made up of millions of cells.
Every day thousands of cells die fall off and are replaced by new cells.
This is a very slow, haphazard process that does not allow your skin to
shed the dark spots, sun damage and the dull lifeless complexion that
results from many years of accumulated sun exposure. The purpose of Microdermabrasion
is to create an even, controlled shedding of several layers of damaged
cells so you are left with a new fresh layer of skin with a more even
texture and color.
Microdermabrasion is an outpatient procedure performed
here in our office. It consists of several passes over the skin with the
mist of crystals. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes depending on area
size and depth of problem. It is not necessary to pre-medicate; most patients
experience minimal to no discomfort. The glass wand that is used for the
flow of crystals is sterilized after each patient use.
For most skin conditions a series of 5 to 10 treatments
spaced one to two weeks apart are needed to obtain the best results. Some
conditions may take more Microdermabrasions to obtain maximum improvement.
Everyone's skin is different and their program is tailored to her/his
individual needs. There are no guarantees, however.
The risks of complications from MCD are minimal. MCD
offers a low risk of scarring and pigmentation changes, which may or may
not be permanent. Other risks include loss of skin, poor healing, worsening
or unsatisfactory appearance, or recurrence of original problem. It is
important that you follow the advice given to you before and after a Microdermabrasion.
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You should stop any topical preparations such as Retin-
A, Differin, Glycolic, Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid products, Vitamin
C products, toners and acne preparations 48 hours before having a MCD.
You should be off Accutane at least six months before
If you have a history of cold sores, fever blisters
or Herpes Simplex, please let us know. We will provide medications that
can assist in preventing an outbreak.
You will be able to resume most activities immediately
following your MCD. You can go back to work right after your MCD and apply
make up 1 hour after the procedure.
Wait 2 days to resume use of Retin-A, Renova, Differin,
Glycolic acid products, toners or any acne preparation.
It is extremely important
that you do not pick, scratch, rub or pull
at the skin that was treated. You could damage the underlying new skin
and cause pigmentation changes or scarring. Direct sun exposure without
sunscreen is to be avoided at all times. Sunscreen with SPF 45 should
be worn always, plus a wide brimmed hat or visor in the summertime. Always
moisturize dry skin.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate
to call the office.
Just call our office today at (212)
557-2600 or e-mail us anytime and set up a Consultation for your wrinkles. If time permits and you qualify for this procedure, we may be able to begin treatment on the day of your consultations.