Is Microdermabrasion Right For Me?

Microdermabrasion can be a great option for treating several varying skin conditions

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If your regularly scheduled facial isn’t producing the results you’re looking for, microdermabrasion may be a great route to explore. If you are experiencing prolonged fine wrinkles, a blotchy complexion or significant redness, there are other options for you.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a popular way to clear away the thick outer layer of skin in order to even overall texture, color, skin tone and rejuvenate your skin through the stimulation of new growth. By using a pen-like tool with crystals at the end, our team will sand away those tough outer layers of skin to open up the newer, fresher layers underneath. Your skin is exfoliated and your pores are emptied through a vacuum at the end of the tool to reveal younger, healthier skin. 

What are the side-effects of microdermabrasion?

After the procedure, patients typically report some skin sensitivity, redness, mild tenderness and swelling due to the mildly abrasive exfoliation or suction process. These symptoms typically go away within a few hours. 

For the next few days after the procedure, you will be advised to wear sunscreen on a daily basis in order to protect your skin. Since a lower layer of skin is now your outer layer, it is not as efficient to standing up to the sun’s rays, so it is vital that you protect it from sun damage while it’s in this vulnerable state. 

Is one microdermabrasion enough?

For the best results, most patients need more than one microdermabrasion treatment. Most people’s skin needs a bit of a break between sessions, so more often than not, our team will recommend every two weeks or even a month between microdermabrasions, especially if your goal is to treat signs of aging or other, deeper complexion concerns. 

After several sessions,  patients report brighter, healthier, smoother and more radiant skin. Talk with the Courted team to determine the best schedule for your goals.

What Makes Me a Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion?

While microdermabrasion is good for most skin complexions, it can exacerbate and inflame certain skin conditions, so it’s always best to consult with our expert team before deciding. Any cosmetic procedures in the past, skin sensitivities, allergies or other concerns you have should be addressed with a professional.

Microdermabrasion can be a great option for treating several varying skin conditions. And since it works as well on dry and oily skin, it’s good for most people’s complexions. 

According to Healthline, people often choose microdermabrasion when they have the following skin concerns they wish to treat:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Age spots and brown spots

  • Enlarged pores and blackheads

  • Acne and acne scars

  • Stretch marks

  • Dull-looking skin complexion

  • Uneven skin tone and texture

  • Melasma

  • Sun damage

Skin sensitivity should be considered when thinking about getting microdermabrasion. If your skin is more sensitive or susceptible to bruising, flaking or the like, microdermabrasion is likely not for you as those conditions can be worsened or inflamed by the procedure. 

We don’t advise getting microdermabrasion if you fit under the following categories. 

  • Currently, or within the last year, been prescribed isotretinoin

  • Have serious acne

  • Have rosacea 

  • Have cold sores

  • Have a rash on your face or neck area

  • Have skin that bruises or scars easily

Microdermabrasion Benefits

Top microdermabrasion benefits come from treating those concerns that stay at the top level of your skin. So for instance, blackheads and whiteheads, superficial age spots, oily and dry or patchy skin and hyperpigmentation. Other benefits from microdermabrasion can reduce, but may not eliminate other skin issues that affect some deeper levels of skin like fine lines and wrinkles, sun-damaged skin and mild acne. 

By simply sanding away the outer layer of your skin, the skin cells of the lower layers and pushed to the forefront, revealing more radiant and healthier looking skin. Consistent microdermabrasion treatments can lead to overall healthier skin, a more even skin tone and reduced signs of premature aging. 

Microdermabrasion vs. Chemical Peels

While microdermabrasion works best on treating surface and outer layers of skin, chemical peels are designed to go deeper and dig into deeper layers of skin. The easiest way to tell the difference is that microdermabrasion is designed to go after fine lines and wrinkles whereas chemical peels are built to tackle deep wrinkles and scars

Chemical peels act like extreme versions of a face mask and are designed to treat brown spots, uneven pigmentation, wrinkles, mild scarring, blemishes and sun damage. The results of the peel often vary from slightly improved to significantly improved based on the strength of the peel. 

Naturally, the stronger the peel, the deeper it goes. However, the stronger the peel, the longer and more extreme recovery may be as well, sometimes involving facial bandages and antivirals until you are fully recovered.  

Ready to try Microdermabrasion?

Don’t live with that blotchiness if you don’t have to. With two types of microdermabrasion and four chemical peels, we’re ready to help you no matter what your skin concerns are. Give us a call at  (703) 239-6910 or visit us online to book your microdermabrasion today. 


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