Patients seeking solutions for fine lines, uneven pigmentation or clogged pores might have an easy answer. Microdermabrasion, a non-invasive procedure that exfoliates and eliminates the superficial layer of dead skin cells, offers results for these concerns and more with minimal recovery time.
When performed in a dermatologist’s office, microdermabrasion is a treatment that uses tiny exfoliating crystals that are gently sprayed on the skin to sand away the surface and thicken collagen. It is gentle and rarely painful; no numbing or anesthetics are required before treatment. The end result, often after a series of treatments, is skin that is smoother, brighter and more even than before.
According to Dr. Doppelt, microdermabrasion is a suitable treatment for many common conditions, including:
- Dull complexion
- Uneven skin tone or texture
- Age spots
- Dark spots and acne scars
Microdermabrasion can also help other skin treatments work more effectively. Those using retinoids (think Retin-A or tretinoin) might get even better results when their therapy when combined.
The recovery time required after a microdermabrasion treatment is minimal. Your skin will likely be pink for the next 24 hours. Some patients also report feeling like their skin is dry or tight — like when they have a sunburn or windburn – for about 24 hours after a treatment. Using moisturizer and closely following aftercare instructions can help ease recovery.
Though you might find microdermabrasion treatments on the menu at your favorite spa, Dr. Doppelt strongly advises his patients to seek treatment from a doctor or medically-supervised esthetician. Dr. Doppelt and his staff treat microdermabrasion equipment just as they do surgical equipment, which is essential for safety. Additionally, having a board-certified physician and trained medical professionals on hand can easy patient concerns about safety.
For more information about microdermabrasion or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Doppelt, call our office at (865) 474-8800 or request an appointment online.