Microdermabrasion in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, CA
Microdermabrasion is an advanced skin care treatment that exfoliates dead skin cells and debris from the surface layer of the skin. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory S. Keller and his team of dedicated specialists provide microdermabrasion for their patients at Keller Plastic Surgery, serving residents of Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and nearby areas in Southern California.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the surface of your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. This treatment eliminates light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and stretch marks. Microdermabrasion uses microparticles or a diamond-tipped wand to remove the outer layer (epidermis) of your skin and stimulate new skin growth, also triggering increased production of collagen, which improves skin laxity and elasticity.
What happens during a Microdermabrasion treatment?
There are two types of microdermabrasion treatments. One uses a hand-held device that streams tiny crystals across your skin while an attached vacuum simultaneously suctions those exfoliating crystals back into the machine, taking the dead or loosened skin along with it. A newer technique uses a diamond-tip wand that is gently moved across your skin to exfoliate debris and dead skin cells.
A microdermabrasion treatment typically lasts about 30 minutes. You may feel a mild scratching sensation as the treatment removes surface skin cells, and you’ll notice a vibrating sensation similar to that experienced with a massage. A very mild suction mechanism lifts off the dead skin cells and debris, revealing a fresh new layer of skin.
What conditions does Microdermabrasion treat?
Microdermabrasion removes the dead outer layer of skin to reveal the radiant new layer of skin underneath. In addition to exfoliating dead skin cells, increasing collagen production, and refreshing the entire skin, imparting radiance and luminosity, the procedure is used to specifically treat the following skin conditions:
- Acne and acne scars
- Age spots
- Pimples and blackheads
- Hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)
- Stretch marks
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
What can I expect after Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion may cause some minor discomfort that subsides naturally within a day or so. You may experience redness and swelling, and your skin may appear dry and flaky and dry for several days. In rare cases, the suction mechanism may cause minor bruising that may be visible for a few days at most. The most important thing to keep in mind after microdermabrasion is that your skin will be far more sensitive to sunlight and you must take extra precautions to protect yourself from sun damage. Be sure to use a good sunscreen of at least SPF 30, and stay out of direct sunlight during the days immediately following a microdermabrasion treatment.
How often should I get Microdermabrasion treatments?
Depending on the condition being treated, many individuals start out with two microdermabrasion treatments per month until they see dramatic improvement in their condition, and then continue with one treatment per month as part of a maintenance routine.
Uncover a new you with microdermabrasion treatments at Keller Plastic Surgery, led by board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory S. Keller, and serving Southern California residents in and around Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills. Contact one of our offices today to schedule a complimentary consultation!