What is microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is also known as micro-needling. The skin is able to repair itself when it encounters physical damage such as cuts and other physical trauma. Mirco-needling is a skin treatment which works by damaging the skin in a controlled manner. A handheld device with fine needles creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin. This activates the body’s natural healing process in the affected areas. The treatment triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin, which improves skin texture and reduces scars and pore size. This option is an alternative to laser surgery, the injection of fillers or moderate to deep skin peels. This is most often used on the face but it can be used on other body parts as well. This procedure is performed by a suitably qualified medical practitioner.
Which skin problems can be treated by this method?
This is very effective in treating certain types of scarring and aged skin, such as wrinkles and stretch marks. This can be used to treat acne scars and uneven skin, surgical scars and burn scars. It also tightens skin and improved the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
How effective is this method?
Micro-needling is very effective in improving skin appearance and treating certain aesthetic problems. Noteworthy results can be seen even after a single treatment.
How is the procedure done?
It is a cost-effective treatment which is performed after local anesthesia (numbing cream) is applied to the area. The procedure is causes minimal downtime, and the depth of the needles can be adjusted on an area which requires a more aggressive approach. This procedure takes approximately 20-30 minutes for the entire face, less for a smaller affected area. The treated area has the appearance of having sunburn for approximately 24-48 hours, however this can be concealed with approved makeup. Most people are able to resume normal daily activities immediately after the treatment.
Who is a suitable candidate?
While this procedure can be done on all skin types, it is generally more suitable for lighter-skinned individuals because darker skinned individuals are more likely to develop increased pigmentation after the procedure.
This treatment is not suitable for patients who have been treated with Isotretinoin (Accutane) in the previous 6 months. Patients who have an active inflammatory skin problem such as acne should not receive treatment to the affected areas.
Can this work together with other treatments?
This can be alternated with different treatments depending on the problem which is being treated.