3 Microdermabrasion Questions
Microdermabrasion is a simple, yet effective skin care procedure many people use to improve their skin’s appearance. As an Atlanta dermatologist, Dr. Timani uses this impressive procedure on patients to reduce the appearance of their brown spots, cleanse their pores, and brighten any dull skin. Below are a few typical microdermabrasion questions we get at Johns Creek Dermatology from our Atlanta area patients.
1. How does microdermabrasion work? One of our skin care specialists uses tiny crystals on the patient’s face to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells. Through the removal of this outer layer of damaged skin, brown spots are diminished, mild acne scars are reduced, and skin is made fresher and smoother as it is resurfaced.
2. What’s the difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion? It can be easy to confuse the two procedures, but in reality the two are drastically different. The ‘micro’ distinction to dermabrasion refers to a mild and non-invasive skin care treatment used to help fight the appearance of aging and beautify the skin. Patients can resume normal activities the same day as it requires no downtime.
In contrast, dermabrasion is a surgical procedure. A dermatological surgeon gives the patient anesthesia and then removes multiple layers of skin. Recovery time ranges from a week to a week and a half, though complete healing is not achieved for six to eight weeks. The recovery is described as being similar to recovering from a second-degree burn.
Because of the more intense nature of dermabrasion, it is a better choice for a patient with problems such as deep scarring. People looking to resurface their skin and improve its appearance are likely better suited for microdermabrasion, but as always, interested patients are encouraged to talk with our Atlanta area dermatologist, Dr. Timani, to determine the best treatment route for them.
3. Who can use microdermabrasion? Because of the mild nature of this treatment, most people are good candidates for it. Those with minor lines and wrinkles, light sun spots, and anyone wanting smoother, brighter skin are likely a perfect fit for the treatment.
Despite the benefits , some people should pursue other skin care options. A patient suffering from active rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis should avoid this procedure. Additionally, those looking for dramatic results on a very deep scar will probably be more successful with dermabrasion. If skin is raw or injured for any reason, patients should wait for it to completely heal before undergoing this procedure.
Dr. Timani is happy to answer any other questions may have about this procedure. Contact our Johns Creek office today to learn more.