Microdermabrasion: $75-$125

If you’d like to improve the appearance of your facial skin, there are several alternatives, which work at different depths:

  • Chemical peels – which use a caustic solution to remove surface roughness and irregularities like fine lines
  • Dermabrasion – which uses a surgical instrument to remove deeper imperfections like acne scars
  • Laser skin resurfacing – which uses a laser to remove surface irregularities like some scars and fine lines

Microdermabrasion, as the name suggests, is related to dermabrasion, but it works only at a more shallow level (only on what’s called the stratum corneum, the topmost level of your skin, about 10 microns deep and consisting of dead cells).

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What does microdermabrasion do?

  • “Micro” means small, as in microscope, micro-organism
  • “Abrasion” means scraping, as when a child falls over and scrapes his knees
  • “Derm” refers to the skin, as in dermatology
So microdermabrasion is a method of scraping a very thin layer of tissue from the surface of the skin to remove minor imperfections such as:
    • Age spots
    • Crows’ feet
    • Fine lines
    • Some scars
    • Blackheads and whiteheads

How does microdermabrasion work?

An esthetician will use a hand-held instrument which projects tiny crystals onto your skin, and the crystals gently scrape the skin surface, polishing it smooth.

    • Each treatment takes a half-hour to an hour
    • How many treatments you need will be decided between you and our trained paramedical staff
    • The treatments should be spaced apart about 3 weeks

When the microdermabrasion is completed, some maintenance will be needed to keep your new smooth look.

There are virtually no side effects

      • It works well on all skin types
      • No anesthetic is needed
      • You can immediately return to your normal activities
      • It’s a good alternative for people whose skin might be sensitive to chemical peels

Limitations of microdermabrasion

Apart from accidents, there are two major causes of skin damage:

  • Aging — When our skin sags due to aging (loss of elasticity and the long-term effects of the force of gravity), and our facial contours change because of jowls and sagging cheeks, this is usually best remedied with a facelift or other type of surgical intervention.
  • Unprotected sun exposure — When our skin becomes wrinkled and roughened from years of sun exposure, it can be smoothed and rejuvenated by non-surgical treatments like microdermabrasion.

It might be that you’d be best treated by a combination of surgical and non-surgical treatments. Dr. Fante and his staff will discuss all your options with you and together you can arrive at the best strategy.

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