If you’d like to improve the appearance of your facial skin, there are several alternatives, which work at different depths:
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).
What does microdermabrasion do?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:
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.
When the microdermabrasion is completed, some maintenance will be needed to keep your new smooth look.
There are virtually no side effects
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.