BREAK UP WITH MICRODERMABRASION
My patients ask me every day if we offer Microdermabrasion. We don’t. I had to break up with Microderm many years ago. It just was no longer fulfilling my needs. There are so many fish in the sea.
I have used so many of these machines over the years and every single one of them has caused broken capillaries on some patients. Our skin is thinner as it ages, and a crazy suction machine isn’t the best thing for wrinkle prevention. Below I will give you a better alternative.
HOW DOES MICRODERMABRASION WORK?
Crystal microdermabrasion machines consist of a compressor that draws in air through a hand-held stainless steel or glass wand. When the wand touches the skin, a vacuum is created. Other commonly used microdermabrasion machines use a diamond-tipped handpiece that mechanically abrades the skin and a suction system to vacuum the exfoliated particles away.
MICRODERMABRASION HORROR STORIES
Too much suction and an overly aggressive technique can actually cause more hyperpigmentation and broken capillaries. You don’t know if you are one of the lucky ones until it is too late. It can also create too much inflammation on the skin (more than your skin’s healing process can handle).
I have seen a very aggressive microdermabrasion treatment that left a sweet lady with crust (scabs) all over her face for days. It was so bad that she could not wear makeup or go out in the sun until it healed. It was not her first treatment, and the damage wasn’t caused by the esthetician, but by the dinosaur old technology a lot of medspas have. Speaking of medspas, don’t even get me started on the sanitization of the microdermabrasion applicator and vacuum.
THE MICRODERMABRASION MORAL OF THE STORY
Microdermabrasion is technique sensitive, just like chemical exfoliation and many other cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. This means that the safety of the procedure, as well as the results you will have, are dependent on the aesthetican’s skill level, philosophy towards moderate vs. aggressive treatments, and overall technique. Just say no to Groupon. Sometimes additional hair removal with Touch Up Laser is required to get a smooth skin.
On another note, stop the Buff Puffs and the Cleansing Bead cleansers too. Trust me on that one.
WHAT TO DO INSTEAD OF MICRO-DERMABRASION
Do all of your friends do monthly microdermabrasion? Are you lost without it?
To keep a smooth appearance to your skin, exfoliation is key. That’s why the older folks religious about the Retin A have that porcelin look. A maintenance regimen is important. Let’s try this…
GET LIGHT, MEDIUM OR SUPER SIZE PEEL RESULTS WITH A MICROLASER PEEL
Our office has the best of everything, including the Sciton Joule Laser. With this technology we can do a safe, light epidermal peel, slightly deeper than microdermabrasion, or more for my more agressive ladies. We have found the combination of the Microlaser Peel and the sun damage zapping BBL can refresh the outer layers of the skin while also rejuvenating the dermis for beautiful results and a little “collagen explosion” for your skin. CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical body contouring procedure, which is also recommended at this stage.
HOW OFTEN CAN I DO A MICROLASER PEEL?
You can safely do a light peel every 4 weeks, the same as your beloved Microdermabrasion (but without the insane capillary suction, and the covered in sand feeling after.)
WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME?
The procedure can be performed on a Thursday or Friday, so the patient can return to work the following Monday. Symptoms immediately following a MicroLaserPeel resemble a sunburn, with minor sloughing on the second day. Redness will begin to fade by the third day, and can easily be covered by makeup on the fourth day.
Patients experience smoother, healthier, more vibrant skin, with a significant, immediate change in skin texture and tightness when compared to microdermabrasion. A light Microlaser Peel will give you better results than a microdermabrason, and the healing time is almost identical.
WHAT SKIN CONDITIONS CAN A MICROLASER PEEL HELP WITH?
- acne scars
- pigmentation problems
Take just a few minutes to turn back the hands of time without surgery. Light to moderate peels available with zero to weekend downtime.
HOW DEEP IS A MICROLASER PEEL COMPARED TO MICRODERMABRASION?
Microdermabrasion typically removes only the patient’s stratum corneum (dead and dying cells) at 10 microns deep, involves no downtime, and offers minimal results. The MicroLaserPeel is a partial epidermal peel 20-50 microns deep. Because this procedure ablates deeper into the epidermis, it is the perfect step for patients seeking something between microdermabrasion and full skin resurfacing.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A MICROLASER PEEL?
Price can range from $175 for a mild peel up to around $300 for more intense.
HOW SOON CAN I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT?
My schedule does fill up quickly, but appointments can be squeezed in to accomodate you. They are about 30-45 minute appointments, so even a lunch break is doable. Call Dr. Jennifer Walden MD‘s office to schedule an appointment with me. Consultations are complimentary! 512.328.4100
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