Healthy, glowing and youthful skin isn’t easy to maintain. Between exposure to UV rays, pollutants in the air and a combination of genetics, the fight to maintain the skin we love can feel like an uphill battle. While factors that affect the health of skin such as decreasing collagen and elastin levels due to age are clearly unavoidable, there are steps that can be taken to protect skin as much as possible. Working to keep fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin at bay by implementing a dedicated skincare routine is a path to keeping skin looking youthful and healthy for the long-term. Combing a regular skincare routine with a treatment option such as microdermabrasion only enhances the desired results.
An innovative and successful treatment option for patients who are hoping to improve their overall skin health, condition, and tone, microdermabrasion is often referred to as microderm. This non-invasive approach to skin health and clarity allows a cosmetic physician or dermatologist to remove the top layer of skin that’s damaged in order to allow a new, fresh layer of skin cells to take its place. Patients who elect microdermabrasion to treat their skin will also often enjoy the added benefit of softer and smoother skin as well.
The Microdermabrasion Process
The ease, comfort, and convenience of microdermabrasion had made it extremely popular amongst patients and physicians alike. This form of skin treatment can be administered in a doctor’s office and is generally completed in less than an hour. The first half of a microdermabrasion session focuses on removing damaged skin cells while the second half of the session focuses on moisturizing skin to promote healthy healing.
Once the treatment area is clearly marked, the attending physician runs a hand-held device over the surface of the skin and dead skin cells are buffed away to reveal healthier-looking skin below. An interior vacuum is built into the microdermabrasion device to quickly remove dead skin cells, clearing pores for the moisturizing effects to follow.
Results and Recovery
One of the greatest benefits to patients that elect microdermabrasion is the virtual lack of a recovery period associated with the treatment process. The majority of patients return to their daily activities on the same day as treatment is performed. At most, patients report a slight redness or sensitivity at the treatment site that generally disappears within a day or two following treatment. While some patients find a single session of microdermabrasion delivers successful results, the majority of patients will participate in a multi-session experience where microdermabrasion is spaced out at 2-week intervals over the course of 12 weeks.
Skin type, the size of the treatment area, and the number of sessions required to achieve optimal results all factor into the final cost of microdermabrasion. To this end, it’s important that patients openly discuss their treatment plan prior to participating in a session. The team at the St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center is happy to walk patients through a variety of financing and payment plan options to make their experience as smooth and convenient as possible.
A Safe Way to Achieve Change
Long gone are the days when the world of cosmetic alterations was dominated by highly invasive procedures. Today, patients enjoy a variety of treatment and service options that range from minimally invasive to completely non-invasive. Microdermabrasion continues to grow in popularity thanks to its incredible safety record and minimally invasive nature. Microdermabrasion does not require the use of general anesthesia, a hospital stay, or a lengthy recovery period. At most, patients may require over-the-counter pain medications as a follow-up. The ease with which this treatment can be carried out makes it very safe and effective for patients.
Confidence is Yours for the Taking
If you’re considering the benefits of microdermabrasion in relation to your aesthetic goals, the team at the St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center is ready to partner with you. The first step in beginning a customized path to change and confidence is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Wright. After a thorough review of each patient’s medical history, Dr. Wright takes the time to answer questions, inform patients of each and every option available to them, and listens to preferences and concerns in detail. Once a patient feels confident in their options, a personalized treatment plan can be put into place.
At our clinic, a comprehensive approach to patient care is key and we understand that emotional well-being is closely linked with physical changes. We’re here to help our patients face both fronts and achieve successful results while keeping safety top of mind. Contact us today to begin the journey to the confidence you deserve!