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What is Microdermabrasion (MCD)?

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 1990.

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What conditions can MCD help treat?

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 scars.

Why are MCD treatments effective?

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.

What does MCD involve?

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.

How many MCD treatments are necessary?

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.

Are there any risks?

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.

Under what conditions should I not get a MCD?

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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 a MCD.

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.

After an MCD?

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.

How can I get started with Microdermabrasion treatments?

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.