Having a dedicated skincare routine firmly in place is one of the most helpful steps in protecting skin over the long-term. Our skin is faced with a multitude of factors that make it difficult and sometimes nearly impossible to maintain a healthy, youthful glow. With exposure to UV rays and a combination of external forces and genetics working against the skin, it’s not uncommon for both men and women to develop signs of aging earlier than would be preferable. Combined with the natural aging process where levels of collagen and elastin tend to decline, skin can quickly develop fine lines and wrinkles while losing tone and volume simultaneously. When it comes to rejuvenating skin and reducing the effects of natural and external conditions, patients have long turned to microdermabrasion as an effective solution.
The Microdermabrasion Treatment in Detail
Microdermabrasion, which is sometimes shortened and referenced as microderm, is an innovative and highly-successful technique used on patients who prefer to improve their skin’s overall tone, smoothness, and brightness using a route that is non-invasive. Microdermabrasion carefully works to remove the top layer of damaged skin which has become dull with time allow new, fresh layers to appear in its place. As an added benefit, patients who have undergone microdermabrasion often report their skin feeling softer after the procedure has been completed.
As an out-patient procedure, microdermabrasion can be done right in a physician’s office making the procedure as comfortable as possible. On average, patients can expect to spend at least an hour undergoing microdermabrasion making it a time-effective solution as well. The most aggressive aspects of microdermabrasion happen within the first 30 minutes of a session and are followed up with a heavy moisturizing session to make sure that results are not only successful but long-lasting for the skin.
Treatment begins with a physician clearly marking the treatment area before moving a hand-held applicator over the surface of the skin that will ultimately be removed. Dead skin is buffed away with the help of small crystals that works to reveal underlying healthy tissue. The hand-held applicator includes an interior vacuum which suctions away dead skin cells as they are released. The second half of treatment immerses the skin in moisturizer for added hydration and rejuvenation.
What to Expect Post-Treatment
Just as the microdermabrasion treatment is highly time-efficient, so is the recovery period following treatment. In fact, most patients that go this route to rejuvenate skin enjoy the fact they can easily return to their normal daily activities immediately following the procedure. While a single microdermabrasion session may prove effective for some patients, the majority will stick to a personalized, multi-session plan that may include treatment every two weeks for 12 weeks.
Where the field of cosmetic surgery and alteration was once saturated with highly-invasive techniques, amazing advancements in technology now provide patients with more options than ever when it comes to rejuvenating their overall look. Gone are the days of lengthy hospital stays and difficult recovery periods. Non-invasive procedures such as microdermabrasion come with the added benefits of a quick recovery, minimal discomfort and a complete reduction of risks associated with the use of general anesthesia. Some patients report experiencing minimal discomfort, redness or swelling after undergoing microdermabrasion. Generally, this type of side-effect dissipates within a day following treatment. Lingering discomfort can easily be treated with over the counter pain medications as needed.
In the world of cosmetic alterations, the cost is directly linked to the size of the treatment area as well as the severity of the area to be treated and microdermabrasion is no exception to the rule. Patients who choose to undergo a single session will find their total cost to be drastically different from those patients that require a multi-session approach to achieving desirable results. Skin type and condition may also affect the number of sessions required and subsequently, the final associated cost. If you’re considering microdermabrasion, be sure to check with your insurance provider prior to undergoing treatment to see if the cost of care if part of your plan. When insurance isn’t available, the team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center are happy to walk patients through the many payment plans and financing options available directly through the clinic.
Start the Journey to a More Confident You
When you’re considering the benefit of undergoing microdermabrasion, be sure to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Wright at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center. Patients at our clinic enjoy a comprehensive approach to care that begins with a thorough review of each patient’s medical profile as well as sufficient time set aside to get to know Dr. Wright, ask questions and state preferences and concerns. It’s important to use that every patient understands their options when it comes to cosmetic alteration. Contact us today to learn more about our many services and get started on the path to change!