Microdermabrasion involves gently removing the top layers of skin to create space for smoother, more youthful skin to grow. Many women choose this option to treat medical scars and skin problems, but it is just as effective for cosmetic purposes.
Microdermabrasion is increasing in popularity. Many people have questions about what the procedure entails and what results to expect.
Evolve Medical Associates is available to answer any questions you may have and provide guidance based on your cosmetic goals. Call 704-935-5745 to discuss laser skin treatment or microdermabrasion in Charlotte. Until then, here are 10 FAQs about this procedure:
1. Does the procedure require anesthetic?
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the majority of microdermabrasion procedures occur while patients are awake. A local anesthetic is available to numb the area. However, if you wish to treat a large area, you may receive a sedative.
2. Why is microdermabrasion so popular?
Microdermabrasion is highly effective for reducing fine lines, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, age spots, growths, acne scars and accident scars. It is also less invasive than certain forms of cosmetic surgery.
3. Who are ideal candidates for microdermabrasion?
People who desire a younger appearance are typical candidates for this procedure because it reduces facial lines and wrinkles. Candidates also include those who want to remove facial scars.
4. Does microdermabrasion have an age restriction?
Anyone can undergo this procedure, regardless of their age. Adolescents who suffer from acne problems are generally the youngest patients. Children may have dermabrasion to remove accident scars.
5. How painful is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is not pain free, but it is well below the pain threshold of most people. It is more discomforting than painful, which is why practitioners administer a local anesthetic.
6. When will the results become evident?
During recovery, you will clearly see pink, fresh skin emerging. The redness usually dissipates after a week or two. When it does, you will notice significantly less wrinkles or scarring.
7. Is medication necessary?
After your treatment, the practitioner may apply an antibiotic ointment or burn cream over the area. This protects new skin and prevents scarring. Pain medications are an option if you need them.
8. How long will it take for the pinkness and swelling to go away?
It takes roughly a week for postoperative swelling to decrease. It will take two to three weeks for it to go away completely. The pinkness may linger for several weeks, but makeup camouflages it effectively.
9. What is the process for recovery?
Your practitioner will tell you how to care for the area properly, including how to use cold packs, clean it, change dressings and more.
10. Are microdermabrasion results permanent?
Microdermabrasion results are permanent, but there is no way to slow the aging process. If you care for your skin correctly, avoid the sun and quit smoking, the results will last longer.
Several other treatments are also available, such as laser skin treatment and chemical peels. Laser is just as effective as microdermabrasion, but there is usually less pain and a quicker recovery time.
Call Evolve Medical Associates at 704-935-5745 to discover the benefits of using microdermabrasion to treat wrinkles, blemishes, scars and age-related skin problems.