With so many skin rejuvenation treatments and products available, it can be hard to decide what’s best for you. At Still Waters Day and Medical Spa in Pensacola, FL, we offer microdermabrasion as part of our comprehensive range of services. This treatment can help improve your skin’s appearance and make you look younger and more vibrant!
What Are the Benefits of Microdermabrasion?
1. Reduce the Appearance of Age Spots and Hyperpigmentation
Age spots, also known as liver spots or sun spots, are flat, brown or black patches on the skin. They are caused by a buildup of pigment cells (melanin) and typically appear on the face, hands, and arms – areas that are regularly exposed to the sun.
Hyperpigmentation is a condition in which there is an excess of melanin in the skin. This can lead to dark patches, called age spots, freckles, and melasma. Microdermabrasion can help to reduce the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation by removing the top layer of skin, which contains the dark pigments.
2. Reduce the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles are a common skin concern, especially as we age. They are caused by a variety of factors, including sun damage, repetitive facial expressions, and loss of collagen. Fine lines usually first appear around the eyes and mouth, and can eventually lead to deeper wrinkles. While wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, many people feel self-conscious about them.
Using a skin scrubbing technique can help to reduce the appearance of these fine lines and wrinkles. The technique involves using a handheld device to exfoliate the top layer of skin. This stimulates collagen production and helps to smooth out the skin surface. While results vary from person to person, this cosmetic treatment can typically provide a noticeable improvement that can last up to one month.
3. Remove Blackheads and Swollen Pores
Blackheads and swollen pores can be a real pain, affecting your confidence and causing your makeup to look less than perfect. But what exactly are blackheads and swollen pores? Blackheads are small, dark bumps that form when your pores become clogged with dirt and oil. Swollen pores, on the other hand, are simply enlarged or inflamed pores that can become clogged more easily.
Both blackheads and swollen pores can be caused by different factors, including improper cleansing, genetics, and even hormonal changes. However, one of the best ways to combat blackheads and swollen pores is with regular skin abrasion treatments. Scrubbing your skin helps remove dead skin cells and debris from your pores, leaving your skin looking refreshed and radiant. Plus, scrubbing your skin can help prevent future breakouts by keeping your pores clean and clear.
4. Tackle Acne and Any Associated Scarring
Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. It occurs when the pores of the skin become blocked, allowing bacteria to grow and causing inflammation. Acne can be caused by several factors, including hormones, stress, and certain medications. When the inflammation goes deep into the skin, it can damage the tissue and cause scarring. Scarring from acne can vary depending on the severity of the breakout and the individual’s skin type.
Some scars are shallow and barely visible, while others are deep and hard to conceal. During facial scrubbing, the top layer of skin is removed, which helps to reduce the appearance of shallow scars. For deeper scars, microneedling and photofacial treatments are recommended.
5. Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are a common skin condition that can occur when the skin is stretched too far, too quickly. This can happen during pregnancy, puberty, or rapid weight gain. When the skin is stretched beyond its limits, the collagen and elastin fibers that give it strength and elasticity can break. This leaves behind stretch marks, which are usually red or purple at first but eventually fade to a whitish-silver color.
During facial scrubbing, the outermost layer of skin is sanded away using a small, hand-held device. This removes the damaged skin cells and stimulates collagen production, helping improve the appearance of stretch marks.
6. Get Rid of Uneven Skin Texture and Tone
The skin can be easily damaged by a number of factors, including sun exposure, pollution, and aging. This damage can lead to an uneven skin texture and tone. Your skin may become rough and patchy, with darker areas appearing as age spots or sun spots. In addition, the skin may lose its elasticity and begin to sag.
An uneven skin texture can be both aesthetically unpleasing and inconvenient. In addition, uneven skin texture can make it difficult to apply makeup evenly, and can also lead to self-consciousness and low self-esteem. These skin changes can also make you look older than you really are. Fortunately, skin abrasion treatments can help to improve the appearance of the skin by evening out the skin’s texture and tone.
7. Deal With Melasma
Melasma is a common skin condition that causes brown or gray patches on the face. The exact cause of melasma is unknown, but it is thought to be related to hormonal changes, sun exposure, and genetics. Predisposing factors include pregnancy, contraceptive use, and hormone replacement therapy.
Treatment for melasma typically includes the use of bleaching creams, sunscreen, and avoidance of triggering factors such as sunlight. However, getting a superficial exfoliation treatment that is more effective and safe can help improve the appearance of melisma after just a few appointments.
8. Deal With Sun Damage
The sun is a natural source of Vitamin D, and exposure to sunlight can help to improve our mood and overall sense of well-being. However, the sun can also be damaging to our skin. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer, premature aging, and sunburn.
Dermabrasion treatments can help to address some of the damage caused by the sun by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.
Is Skin Abrasion Really Good for Your Skin?
This treatment is FDA-cleared and typically requires no downtime. It is suitable for all skin types except those with very active acne breakouts. There is no risk of scarring or infection when you choose a reputable esthetician or dermatologist for treatment. Most people who undergo treatment experience smoother, brighter skin even before they leave our doctor’s office. However, it may take several sessions before you see significant improvement in the appearance of your skin.
How Long Do Results Last?
In general, results last for one month. However, if your skin is in good condition, to begin with, the results may last longer. It’s essential to consult with our board-certified plastic surgeon before undergoing treatment so that we can come up with a customized plan that’s specific to your needs.
Is a Chemical Peel a Better Treatment?
Both treatments are great for improving the appearance of your skin. They both work by removing dead skin cells and revealing fresh, new skin underneath. However, there are some key differences between the two treatments. Chemical peels use a chemical solution to exfoliate the skin, while dermabrasion usually uses a handheld device to physically abrade the skin.
Ultimately, the best way to determine which treatment is right for you is to consult with our dermatologist. We will assess your individual needs and help you decide which treatment will give you the best results.
How Often Should You Schedule Microdermabrasion Treatment?
We recommend getting treatments every two to four weeks. However, the frequency of your treatments may vary depending on your individual needs and goals. If you are looking to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, you may need more frequent treatments. On the other hand, if you are simply trying to maintain healthy, glowing skin, you may be able to get away with fewer treatments.
What Age Should You Start Treatment?
In general, there is no set age for starting treatment; rather, the decision should be based on your specific skin concerns. For example, if you are concerned about sun damage, you may benefit from microdermabrasion as early as your teens and twenties.
Get Glowing, Youthful-Looking Skin Today!
Microdermabrasion can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as age spots and other types of sun damage. Best of all, the treatment is quick and easy, and there is no downtime required. So if you’re ready to turn back the clock on your appearance, contact us today at Still Waters Day and Medical Spa in Pensacola, FL, to schedule a skin rejuvenation treatment.