Healthier skin is always a great investment. If you are noticing enlarged pores, age spots, or just dull, tired skin, then you might want to consider a series of microdermabrasion treatments. This non-surgical, non-invasive procedure requires minimal downtime and can greatly brighten your skin tone and firm up sagging skin. Dr. Daniel Becker is pleased to offer microdermabrasion to patients from all over the greater Philadelphia area at Becker Plastics.
What is Microdermabrasion?
A microdermabrasion treatment acts as a targeted skin refresher. While a chemical peel will be applied to the whole face, you can get microdermabrasion to address specific concerns. For example, you can target issues such as:
- Acne scars
- Wrinkles and grooves
- Oversized pores
- Age spots
Microdermabrasion can easily be scheduled for an afternoon or even over a lunch break. While one treatment can generally brighten skin after just a few days, multiple treatments may be needed to lessen the appearance of wrinkles or sizable acne scars.
How Microdermabrasion is Performed
Microdermabrasion treatment involves the application of a very fine sanding powder to the skin to carry away dead skin cells and toxins. This can be applied with a sanding tool or with a spray nozzle that immediately sucks away the damaged skin and debris. You may feel a slight scratching depending on the tool used and your personal sensitivity.
This sanded skin will begin producing fresh collagen to “heal” the areas where the skin cells have been removed. This healing flush will thicken the collagen on this area of your face and lessen the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. This is a gradual process and it may take some time to see the full results.
Microdermabrasion Risks and Recovery
Microdermabrasion does not remove the upper, protective layers of the skin. Thus, the risks of this procedure are very small. Working with a qualified professional under the guidance of a cosmetic surgeon, you can be extremely confident in the safety of your microdermabrasion procedure.
Because this procedure does remove some dead skin, you may experience a bit of redness after the procedure. To be as kind as possible to your refreshed skin, consider taking the rest of the day off so you can stay make-up-free and let your face calm down completely.
It’s also a good idea to avoid the sun after your treatment. You should also use high-quality sunscreen that won’t clog your pores.
Preparing for Microdermabrasion
Your consultation with Becker Plastics Philadelphia or New Jersey will help you decide if microdermabrasion is right for you. It’s important to bring a list of any and all medications and supplements you’re currently taking. Bring your concerns about the condition of your skin and your appearance overall.
You will need to give a full health history and share information on any topical products you currently use. You may need to discontinue some topicals prior to your treatment. Depending on your current state of health and your current prescriptions, you might have to make some adjustments for a short amount of time.
Your cosmetic professional may need to discuss prescriptions with your primary care physician. While the risk of injury is extremely low, there are medications that can lead to more sensitivity and bruising after microdermabrasion.
Regardless of your current state of health and your current skincare routine, this is the time to improve your hydration. Keeping your body fully hydrated will help you shed toxins that affect your skin.
Additionally, you may want to take a look at your diet and focus on foods that boost your collagen production. A diet high in berries will also boost your antioxidant levels and reduce the damage done by free radicals.
Complementary Procedures to Microdermabrasion
When planning your microdermabrasion procedure, you may learn about other procedures that could brighten your skin. While you probably can’t have these other procedures on the same day, you can combine microdermabrasion with treatments like Hydrafacial over time. While microdermabrasion carries away dead skin cells using exfoliation techniques, Hydrafacial washes away toxins using water.
Should you find that some lines and wrinkles are still a concern, you may want to get dermal fillers. While these products do require injections and thus pierce the skin, the risks are extremely slight. The professionals at Becker Plastics can help you find a treatment plan that is perfect for your individual needs.
Some people feel a bit of scratching during the treatment or irritation after the procedure. However, microdermabrasion is extremely gentle and should not cause any significant discomfort. No anesthesia is needed during the treatment.
It’s a good idea to let your skin rest for a day or two after your microdermabrasion treatment. You have literally thinned your skin. Gentle cleansers, light moisturizers, and little else is the best plan for 24 hours.
Be sure to ask your provider for specific instructions on caring for your skin after each treatment. They can provide product recommendations to help you set your skin up for success.
It really depends on your goals. If you’re treating dull skin, 3 to 4 treatments may be enough. If you are working to get rid of deep acne scars or a large discolored patch, you may need to simply set up a regular maintenance schedule.
Some skin issues may require a more invasive procedure. During your consultation, your doctor will provide you with a personalized treatment plan based on your goals and the condition of your skin.
As of 2020, the national average per session was between $150 and $200. As noted above, you will want to discuss your long-term correction concerns with your cosmetic professional at our office. With a heartfelt and detailed conversation about the factors that concern you most, you can target the aspects of your appearance that most impact your self-image.
You might see at-home microdermabrasion kits on the market. Although you may be able to use these tools safely at home if you follow the directions, there are risks to using them. You might irritate or even damage your skin.
At-home microdermabrasion also won’t be as effective as professional treatments. In-office machines can be more powerful because they are used by trained professionals. You are unlikely to be happy with your results from an at-home kit.
If you live in the states of Pennsylvania or New Jersey, Becker Plastic Surgery offers microdermabrasion among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Making the choice to undergo any cosmetic procedure is a big decision. By choosing to start the consulting process with the caring professionals of Becker Plastics, you can reduce a great deal of this worry.
You deserve to be thrilled with and confident in your appearance. Consulting with a cosmetic surgeon who supports your choice to value yourself can be critical in feeling excited about your appearance. Book your microdermabrasion appointment with the Becker team in Philadelphia or New Jersey to learn more about the options open to you. Call (267) 817-4600 to reach our office.
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Why choose the Doctors at Becker Plastic Surgery
Kirk Lozada, MD, FACS
- Completed his fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and has trained with the top Facial Plastic Surgeons in Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey.
- Has traveled to Ica, Peru with Healing the Children on multiple occasions performing a high volume of cleft lip and palate surgery.
- Is currently a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and has numerous publications and presentations in the field of facial plastic surgery.
Daniel Becker, MD, FACS
- Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ENT).
- Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
- Top-Rated by US News and World Report, Philadelphia Magazine, South Jersey Magazine, Castle-Connelly, and others.
- Read more about rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Becker’s credentials
Nicole Schrader, MD, FACS
- She is a double board certified surgeon in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology & Head/Neck Surgery.
- Is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Has over 20 years of experience, 15+ years in private practice and has performed hundreds of facelift surgeries.
- Dr. Schrader Recognized as Best Plastic Surgeon by Town Topics Readers’ Choice Awards.