Microdermabrasion is an in-office treatment that
removes the outer layer of dead skin cells. The
procedure using a gentle mechanical abrasion in
combination with suction. The treatment itself is
not painful and takes only fifteen minutes in the
office. There is no downtime after microderma-
brasion; you may experience mild redness after
the treatment, but all patients return to their
office or social obligations.Immediately after
the treatment, your skin will look brighter and
more radiant. A series of microdermabrasion
treatments will help to reduce the appearance
of discoloration, mild acne scarring and even fine
Microderm treatments help to unclog congested pores and improve the appearance of dull skin. All microdermabrasion treatments are performed at the Boston Cosmetic Specialists by a licensed esthetician.
Microdermabrasion and Acne Scars
Microdermabrasion is an in-office treatment that uses diamond exfoliating to remove the superficial layers of the skin, in order to improve the texture and tone of the skin. Microdermabrasion takes fifteen to thirty minutes, and requires no downtime after the treatment. Most patients benefit from a series of treatments, though even just one treatment can help to remove dead skin cells that contribute to the dull appearance of your skin.
While microdermabrasion is not the most aggressive or effective treatment for acne scars (Fractional CO2 Resurfacing and Fraxel Laser Resurfacing produce much more dramatic results), microdermabrasion can help to improve shallow acne scars and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (the brown spots left behind after acne bumps clear.) By exfoliating the most superficial layers of the skin, collagen production is stimulated and the superficial skin cells are sloughed off. Besides manually removing the upper layer of acne scars and hyperpigmentation, microdermabrasion stimulates the skin cells to repair themselves, which leads to some improvement of acne scars.
Each patient’s scars are evaluated by our acne specialist who may sometimes recommend a combination of microdermabrasion and other treatments, like chemical peels, microneedling, subcision or the Fraxel lasers. Microdermabrasion can also be helpful when treating comedonal acne, or blackheads and whiteheads, as it removes the debris that is clogging up the follicles and leading to their unwanted bumps on the skin.
It is important to see a skilled acne specialist for microdermbrasion treatment, as poor treatment technique can result in worsening scars. Medical aestheticians at the Boston Acne Specialists are trained in performing microdermbrasion for superficial acne scars.
Microdermabrasion is a viable alternative to laser or chemical peels because it is non-invasive, non-surgical and requires no down time after treatment. Normal activities may be resumed immediately. Your skin will have a radiant glow, free of irritation and loose particles. Clients experience softer, smoother and cleaner skin after the first treatment. Treatment series vary from four to nine sessions, depending on the condition of the skin being treated and type of the skin.
The Diamond System has successfully treated skin imperfections, such as:
Sun damaged skin-face, neck, and shoulders
Fine lines-eyes and forehead
Blending of cosmetic surgery or laser treatments
Reduction of acne scarring
Extraction of blackheads and whiteheads
Minor scar revision
Your skin is made up of two main layers, the epidermis
and the dermis. The epidermis is the layer closest to the
outside world. It’s a set of dead skin cells on top of another
layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. The
topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum
corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world
and the lower skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest
molecules from getting through. This is what stops most of
the moisturizers from truly penetrating into the skin. They
are left to sit outside on top of your skin only to be removed
on the next washing. Removal of this built up layer of dead
skin cells allows moisturizing agents to be absorbed into the
skin resulting in a healthier and a more lovely skin.
The effects of microdermabrasion are enhanced when followed by a professional peel and or Isolaz Profusion therapy.