Treat Acne with Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. Over half a million people undergo one of these treatments each year. Given time, skin problems like sun damage, aging, and acne scars can be minimized without the need for surgery or any downtime.

What is Microdermabrasion?

This FDA-approved cosmetic procedure is useful for the minimization of fine lines, large pores, and superficial scars. The treatment works by damaging the superficial layer of skin called the stratum corneum. At Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery we use the DiamondTome™ Skin Resurfacing System. This system uses a wand that is studded with small, natural diamonds chips that get rid of dead skin cells that are then vacuumed away. An inflammatory response is triggered that leads to an increase in collagen proliferation and remodeling. The result is firmer and more youthful skin. Your skin's surface layer, the stratum corneum, is composed of non-living material like dead skin cells and cellular debris. The function of this skin layer is as a barrier against microorganisms, injuries, and pollutants. The process of replacing the skin layer is performed by your body and takes about one month. During this time, cells called keratinocytes migrate to the stratum corneum from the basal layer of the epidermis. In cases where your skin has been damaged by the sun or other factors, there can be an abnormal buildup of cells at the surface. This leads to a rough and thick skin appearance that appears very dull and dehydrated. Fine lines can also develop when the dermal layer of skin grows thinner due to a loss of collagen and elastin fibers. Microdermabrasion works through the stimulation of new skin cells in the upper layers of your skin. This gives your complexion a brighter appearance and helps to improve your skin tone. In contrast to a dermabrasion treatment, microdermabrasion only removes the very top layer of skin composed of dead skin cells, lipids, and cellular debris.

What are the Benefits?

Microdermabrasion has been found to be safe and effective in minimizing fine lines and wrinkles that occur due to the aging process. Stress, sun exposure, and smoking can also exacerbate these problems. If you are dealing with melasma, typified by the appearance of brown to tan patches found on the upper lip, cheeks, and forehead, this treatment may benefit you. Microdermabrasion is also effective at treating superficial acne scars that can be caused by inflammation due to the large skin pores clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria, and excessive oil. Your skin should improve after one of these treatments, allowing acne injuries to heal. Your skin will then be stimulated into a repair process that leads to the formation of new collagen fibers.

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If you are interested in a microdermabrasion treatment, contact Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation! We are conveniently located in Bethesda, MD.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Abrasive resurfacing of the facial skin is a technique that lifts away the outermost epidermal layer. This helps the body to produce healthier skin cells and also works as an exfoliating procedure. Microdermabrasion is a specialized form of this treatment. Unlike traditional abrasive surface skin removal, microdermabrasion involves the use of a diamond-tipped wand. The wand exfoliates the skin and removes the upper epidermis. This is gentler on the skin than what one experiences with a traditional abrasive procedure. Microdermabrasion is performed in-house, with no anesthetics or skin numbing agents required. Downtime is minimal, and the patient enjoys not only smoother skin, but also an increase in collagen production. We encourage our clients and future clients to learn more about how microdermabrasion can help combat the signs of aging. What Microdermabrasion Will Treat Most of our clients' concerns center around the smoothness of the facial skin, visible scarring, stretch marks and discolored patches. Small, dynamic, non-set wrinkles are caused by thinning skin and a loss of collagen. Superficial scarring due to injury or acne may show up as a prominent discolored patch. Microdermabrasion can help to reduce the appearance of these wrinkles and scars. How The Procedure Works We use a special instrument equipped with tiny diamond chips and a vacuum system. The wand is placed directly onto the skin. As the diamonds gently remove the old, dead skin cells, the vacuum pressure lifts the dead cells away. The procedure generally lasts only about 45 minutes. Afterwards, the skin will be pinkish in tone, but this lasts only for a few hours. The end result will be a smoother, healthier, more youthful-looking complexion. Advantages of Microdermabrasion This procedure involves no surgery, nor does it use harsh acid chemicals to burn away the skin. This makes it suitable for most all skin types and skin tones. The diamonds not only remove the dead and damaged skin cells of the upper epidermis, but they also act to exfoliate the skin and open up clogged pores. The body responds to this treatment by sending nutrients to the skin. Newer skin growth is healthier, and collagen production increases because the body identifies the skin removal as a slight injury. The process of healthier, smoother skin growth continues for one or two months after the treatment. Learn More About Microdermabrasion This is a simple cosmetic procedure that won't interrupt your busy schedule. During a consultation at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery in Bethesda, our team of well-trained professionals can help you understand how microdermabrasion can rejuvenate your facial skin and help to eliminate the prominent signs of aging. Our office proudly serves the Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.