The process of aging is complicated. From your bones and joints to your face and skin, the effects of aging manifest themselves physically, yet you can’t ignore the impact it has on you socially or emotionally. You may have noticed that your face or skin just doesn’t look right these days. Perhaps it’s something specific, such as the continuing development of wrinkles and lines. Or maybe it’s just more general, as if your skin just doesn’t glow or radiate like it used to.
At Ava MD, your skin is our passion and our business. Led by internationally acclaimed Los Angeles cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban, we know well the various ways that aging can affect you. If you feel and act young enough to be dissatisfied with how aging is affecting your appearance, contact us online for a consultation about how to rejuvenate your appearance with a microdermabrasion facial.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is the latest effective treatment for damaged, dull, or otherwise unhealthy looking skin. A minimally abrasive skin exfoliation treatment device shoots very fine crystals onto your skin to gently sand the thicker, damaged top layer of your skin. As the microdermabrasion device abrades your skin, it also vacuums the crystals and dead, flaking skin cells. The result is the growth of new skin cells, which ramps up your body’s collagen production. As the collagen is rebuilt, your skin resumes its former smoothness and tightness for a noticeable rejuvenation of your appearance.
What is Microdermabrasion Used to Treat?
A microdermabrasion facial is used to treat a variety of issues with your skin, including the following:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Light scarring, including acne scars
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Appearance of stretch marks
- Enlarged pores
- Clogged pores and blackheads
Depending on your goals, microdermabrasion can provide effective wrinkle treatment, age spots treatment, acne scars treatment, and more.
Benefits of Microdermabrasion
There’s a reason why microdermabrasion treatment is often called the “lunchtime facial.” Indeed, one of the major advantages of microdermabrasion is its quick, convenient application. One session takes 30 minutes and involves no surgery. As a result, you can undergo the virtually painless procedure and then immediately return to your busy day refreshed and glowing!
Because microdermabrasion wrinkle treatment increases collagen production by sloughing off dead skin cells and the dull top layer of skin, you can reasonably expect to see dramatic changes to your skin’s texture, tone, and color after one session.
You’ll probably appreciate that this microdermabrasion treatment is safe and effective for all skin types and colors as well as the fact that it results in virtually no downtime or pain. Furthermore, it also has the following benefits:
- Skin exfoliation
- Wrinkle reduction
- Fine line erasure
- Dull skin rejuvenation
- Age spot removal
- Enlarged pore shrinkage
- Mild acne scar erasure
- Poor skin texture improvement
What Results Can Be Expected?
As happens with most cosmetic dermatological procedures, your microdermabrasion results depend on the severity of your skin issues as well as the extent of them; the number of treatments also factors in. However, generally speaking, microdermabrasion treatment results are usually long-lasting.
A common course of action is to undergo two microdermabrasion treatments per month in the beginning and then cut down to one treatment every one to two months as part of a routine maintenance plan. For optimal results, five to 10 microdermabrasion treatments are usually necessary. In the days following a session, don’t be surprised if people comment on your new radiance, but better, more noticeable results won’t be seen until after several treatments.
Side Effects of Microdermabrasion Treatment
Although there is virtually no downtime following a treatment session, you might experience very few mild side effects, which include the following (usually limited to the treated area):
- Redness or inflammation
- Skin sensitivity or tenderness
- Dry, flaky skin
Commonly, these resolve themselves within a week. To help expedite your healing and reduce any unwanted side effects, special skin moisturizers or facial lotions can be applied. Wearing sunscreen whenever you’re exposed to the sun in the days following a microdermabrasion treatment session is also strongly recommended.
What to Expect During a Procedure
It depends on which type of microdermabrasion your doctor uses. One type is the device mentioned earlier that streams tiny crystals across your skin to exfoliate your skin and remove your skin’s top layer before they are sucked back into the machine. The other type is a newer version with a diamond tip wand that gently exfoliates your skin.
Regardless of device or technique used, each half-hour procedure removes the top layer of your skin for new skin to grow in its place. During each procedure, you’ll probably feel a scraping sensation as the device removes superficial skin cells. You could also notice vibrating and pulling sensations on your skin as the suction mechanism removes your skin’s top layer. Learn more about microdermabrasion at WebMD.com.
Contact Ava MD Today to Learn More about Microdermabrasion
If you want to rejuvenate your appearance by reducing the effects of damaged skin, sun overexposure, scars, wrinkles, and more, microdermabrasion could be the treatment you need. Its beneficial effects are noticeable for all skin types, so don’t hesitate to contact Ava MD today by visiting us online or calling us in Beverly Hills at (310) 439-5417 or in Santa Monica at (310) 736-6146. Don’t wait – regain your clear, healthy skin today with a minimally invasive microdermabrasion facial!
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