Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that removes the outermost layer of damaged skin to reveal the underlying smoother, firmer skin. This is performed using a small and mildly abraded wand like instrument connected to a machine that provides mild suction, a combination which removes surface damaged, dead skin. Anesthesia is not required, as the microdermabrasion treatment is relatively painless other than a minor tingling as wand removes the damaged skin. Microdermabrasion is an effective treatment for all skin types, is virtually risk free from side effects other than minor redness immediately following treatment and does not require a recuperation period. Our team of skilled Aestheticians at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery will work closely with you to determine if microdermabrasion is an appropriate treatment method for you.
Before the procedure, the Aesthetician will ask about any skin conditions the patient may have (such as acne, eczema, dermatitis, and inflamed rosacea) or any topicals that may make the patient’s skin sensitive (such as retinols, or other exfoliants). The Aesthetician will also ensure that the patient has no opens wounds of sores that could be irritated or infected by the microdermabrasion. Once the patient’s face has been cleansed and prepared, the microdermabrasion treatment can take from 30 – 60 minutes to complete. The Aesthetician will carefully use the microdermabrasion equipment to polish the skin while suctioning away the dead skin cells.
What To ExPect
Patients should not expect pain and swelling after a microdermabrasion treatment. They can expect some slight pinkness of the skin, and but there is generally no pain.
Microdermabrasion vs. Peels?
Chemical peels vary in strength from light peels, which have results similar to microdermabrasion to deep peels for more intense results. Recovery usually takes 7 – 8 days for a deep peel. During the recovery the patient will need to apply special post peel products. Chemical peels results can last from a few months for a light peel to years for a deep peel.
Sandblasting The Face?
While early versions of microdermabrasion were essentially like running a sandblaster over the face, leaving particles behind, modern microdermabrasion uses tools that give the technician more control. Current microdermabrasion treatments gently loosen and remove dead skin cells, which are then vacuumed away for smooth, polished skin.
After Care Tips?
Patients should always be vigilant about using sun protection, especially for the first week after their microdermabrasion procedure. Patients should speak to the Aesthetician after their treatment about the best skin care products to maintain their results. Once the dead skin cells are removed, products are better able to penetrate and treat the skin.
"Emily McLaughlin has been giving me monthly microdermabrasion facials for over a year now and I could not be happier. My skin looks healthier and I feel so relaxed when I leave the office. She conducts herself as a professional and I love to recommend her to my friends. She convinced me to try Latisse and am now ecstatic about my "new" eyelashes."- C.B. / Office Visit / Nov 12, 2015
"I wanted to do something about the brown pigmentation spots on my face. So, three years ago, I phoned PVPS and made an appointment with Debra Knight. From the moment I walked into PVPS I knew that I had made the right choice. The reception staff is amazing and so very helpful. I cannot say enough about Debra Knight. She absolutely "cured" my skin. Deb spent quality time with me three years ago and she absolutely cared about the skin care regime she decided was correct for my skin issue. After three months, I started seeing the most gorgeous, flawless skin I have ever seen and it WAS MY SKIN! Now, three years later, I am as loyal to Deb Knight as ever! Deb keeps me on a precise skin care routine and I follow her professional advice daily. Deb also does my facials and my microdermabrasion. I am such a loyal believer of Debra Knight that I began taking my daughter to Deb three years ago! Now, she is a loyal patient of Deb's. I have referred many friends to Deb because when they want to know my "secret" to looking so youthful, I have to share with them what Deb and PVPS has done for me. I am committed to Debra Knight and PVPS. I am honored to be a member of the PVPS patient family."- C.T. / Office Visit / Nov 17, 2015
"I have been going to Emily McLaughlin for over a year now. I have had microdermabrasion and peels. She is a great aesthetician and is very knowledgeable. I look forward to my appointment every month. She also recommends skin care products for me and I have been very satisfied. My daughter always makes an appointment with Emily when she is home from school. With think she is great! She's a beautiful person, inside and out!"- L.J. / Facebook / Jun 07, 2016
"I go to Andrea for all my skin care needs. She is amazing! I have battled acne my whole life. I have tried everything, including almost every topical available, antibiotics, microdermabrasion, and other procedures. After only one month, my complexion almost completely cleared of the acne. The true test came when it was a certain time of the month and I didn't end up with any large cystic acne like I always get. The texture of my skin has improved and I look forward to improving the tone and coloration over time. My husband and friends have all noticed! I recommend Andrea because in addition to having the knowledge to help me with my skin she is also friendly and attentive."- M.A. / Yelp / Jul 23, 2016
"As someone who has struggled for years with accepting my acne scars, I can’t thank PVPS enough for showing me that I actually DON’T have to live with them. Andrea Bailey, my Aesthetician at the Southside location, recommended that I undergo a series of 3 SkinPen Microneedling Therapy sessions - a pain-free, quick procedure with almost no downtime. It sounded too good to be true, but I decided to give it a shot. And I’m so glad that I did. My skin improved immensely with each treatment. All of my scarring diminished or vanished completely, plus (added bonus!) my skin stopped overproducing oil for several months following each session. No more blotting papers, no more using the blur feature to “fix” my face in Instagram photos - but most of all, and most importantly, no more hiding and no more feeling helpless. Thank you Andrea and PVPS for empowering me to show my scars who’s boss."- H. / Office Visit / Sep 12, 2016
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