Microdermabrasion is a new “Lunch Time” approach to skin resurfacing that stimulates the production of new skin cells and collagen.

Less aggressive than laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion is a non-surgical treatment that does not require an anesthetic. Treatments take 35-45 minutes.

One microdermabrasion treatment can offer the benefits of a series of facial peels using glycolic acid, another “Lunchtime Treatment”.

This mild yet effective treatment can remove fine lines and age spots from around the eyes, lips and neck. It can also improve mild acne that has not responded to other methods of treatment.

While the effects of microdermabrasion are not as dramatic as those of laser resurfacing, recovery time after the procedure is also much shorter. Though there may be some redness afterwards, most patients can return to work immediately.

Microdermabrasion uses a jet spray of mineral crystals to remove, then vacuum, the outer keratin layer of the skin.

Regular removal of the keratin layer can improve the appearance of:

· small acne scars

· fine wrinkles

· dull skin

· hyperpigmentation (melasma)

The best candidates for Microdermabrasion are women and men who have:

· good skin tone.

· good health.

· realistic expectations.

Some physicians have seen an improvement caused by collagen tightening on the layer of skin beneath the layer treated my microdermabrasion. This further reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles though the effect is temporary: microdermabrasion treatments must be repeated in order to sustain the effect.

Following microdermabrasion treatment you may find that you experience skin peeling; we will recommend that you use a moisturizer and sun screen following the procedure.

Microdermabrasion is not recommended anyone who has taken the acne drug Accutane within the past six months because there is a risk of creating scar or injury in someone who has taken Accutane.

And because there is a risk that microdermabrasion may stimulate a new outbreak, patients who have a history of herpes simplex (cold sores) around their lips should consider taking an oral antiviral medication before undergoing treatment by microdermabrasion.