Microdermabrasion is an exfoliation process where the outer layer of your skin is mechanically removed either with a spray of crystals or with the application of an abrasive wand. The two options available at Denver Dermatology Consultants are the Skin Science machine utilizing sodium bicarbonate crystals (available at our Thornton and Wheat Ridge offices) and the DiamondSkin system which utilizes diamond encrusted wands (available at our Stapleton office).
This procedure removes the very outer layer of the skin, also known as the stratum corneum. The outer layer is polished off leaving a brighter, smoother complexion. Microdermabrasion can help improve many different skin problems including:
- Sunspots and Hyperpigmentation
- Acne scarring
- Dull, uneven skin
- Fine Lines and wrinkles
While microdermabrasion alone may not correct the problems, it is a valuable tool to increase the benefits received from skin care products both over the counter and prescription strength.
If you are planning on having the procedure you may want to prepare your skin in advance of the treatment. If you are having the procedure to help with dark spots or hyperpigmentation you may be asked to use a prescription lightening cream to increase the effectiveness of the treatments. If you have been prescribed a retinoid (Retin-A, tretinoin, Tazorac, Differin, Atralin, Refissa, Tenova, Veltin, Ziana, Tretin-X, Epi-Duo) you will need to discontinue use 3-5 days prior to your procedure. You will be able to resume use of the medication 3-5 days after the procedure.
If any of the following are present, please call to reschedule your appointment:
- Facial cold sore
- Open wound
The number of treatments needed to improve or correct your skin will depend on the severity of the condition being treated. Generally with one treatment you will notice an improvement in the texture of your skin. It will take multiple treatments (5-15 or more) to treat some conditions such as scarring and dark spots or Hyperpigmentation. Acne scars will not be totally removed, but should appear softer and less noticeable. Many patients prefer to have regular microdermabrasion treatments to keep their skin fresh and will have the procedure every 4-8 weeks.