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1. What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that removes the topmost layer of skin, leaving it supple and vibrant. This in-office exfoliation treatment uses a mild jet of crystals to gently loosen the superficial layer of dead skin cells on the face which are then vacuumed in a sterile and controlled manner, leaving the face smooth and fresh. This process serves to stimulate blood and lymphatic flow which enhances the growth of healthy new skin cells and increases collagen production so that the skin rejuvenates faster than normal. The result is youthful looking skin with a smoother, brighter, and more even complexion.

Microdermabrasion can be used effectively on all skin types to minimize the appearance of scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation problems, uneven skin tones, and dull, lifeless, sun-damaged skin. It is an excellent method of resurfacing superficial skin irregularities, and of reducing skin impurities, clogged pores and oily skin. It is great for acne patients, since these dead skin cells often clog pores and cause breakouts and blackheads. Microdermabrasion treatments may also be recommended in conjunction with chemical peels for more dramatic results.

2. Why do we need to exfoliate our skin?

The key to healthy skin is a healthy skin cell. Due to every day factors such as stress, sun damage, air pollution, smoking, and lack of sleep, our skin develops toxins that prevent healthy skin regeneration. With exfoliation we remove a small portion of the upper skin layer or epidermis.

3. How does it work?

Similar in concept to a steam cleaner, this gentle technique is performed with a jet of fine mineral crystals that are vacuumed across the skin to remove the dead and damaged skin cells. Stimulating the collagen beneath the surface of the skin causes tightening and creating better skin tone. The strength of the treatment can be increased with more passes of the hand piece over the skin, more pressure with each pass, and more vacuum pressure.

4.Is this a new technology?

No. It has been widely used in Western Europe since approximately 1986. In December 1996, the FDA issued the first clearance for the esthetic industry in the US and the devices were quickly adopted by estheticians as an additional means of deep exfoliation.

5. How often can I receive this treatment?

It depends on the area and the type of skin being treated. To obtain the maximum result, we recommend a series of six treatments at least 7-14 days apart. Continued treatment may be needed every 4-6 weeks to retain the skin's status.

6. What type of skin can benefit from Microdermabrasion?

Skin with Fine Lines, Brown Spots & Hyperpigmentation, Non-inflammatory Acne Scars, Enlarged Pores, Blackheads, Stretch Marks, and Chickenpox Scars; Aging Skin; Blemished Skin; Congested Skin; Devitalized Skin, Dull skin, Calluses, Thickened Skin.

7. How does this compare with traditional dermabrasion or Cosmetic surgery?

Dermabrasion often was painful for patients and in some cases may have resulted in negative effects such as unnatural skin texture, a risk of dyspigmentation or scaring. A Microdermabrasion treatment requires no anesthetic for superficial abrasion.  All treatments are done on an outpatient basis.

8. Is this treatment painful?

No. It is virtually painless; to some there is minimal discomfort.

9. Who could perform this treatment?  

A Medical Professional such as a Physician or Nurse Practitioner and in some states a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist with advanced skin care training under the supervision of a medical professional.

10. What are the crystals made of?

Corundum crystal is known as aluminum oxide and bauxite which is non-allergic to most skin types.

11. How long does each treatment take?

Also called the lunchtime peel, the procedure usually takes between 20 to 30 minutes and has no downtime. However, if you want your neck or other parts of the body treated, it may last up to an hour.

12. What areas of skin are mostly treated by Microdermabrasion?

Face & neck, elbows & knees, hands & feet, shoulders, stretch marks on abdomen and hips.

13. What types of skin and skin color can be treated?

All types of skin and skin color.

14. Microdermabrasion is contraindicated in Rosacea?

Rosacea is contraindication for Microdermabrasion treatment. To control your Rosacea skin condition you may consider IPL treatments. Prescription and non-prescription products are available to control Rosacea on daily basis.

15. How do I prepare for Microdermabrasion?

One of the advantages of microdermabrasion is minimum pre-treatment needs. No pre-medication is needed but your doctor may ask you to stop taking aspirin-based medicines, Retin-A, Renova, Differin or glycolic acid products. Stopping smoking a week before microdermabrasion is also recommended to improve blood flow and so is avoiding sunbathing and waxing.

16. Can it remove a tattoo?

Microdermabrasion in the esthetic setting was designed to remove superficial epidermis. Removing a tattoo absolutely requires removal of living tissue and the esthetic arena for these concerns is illegal.

17. What about pregnant women?

Absolutely, Microdermabrasion is basically a mechanical exfoliation without risks of allergic reaction. There are no harmful chemicals or acids; the mineral crystal itself is found in nature and is of the purest form.

18. How soon will I see some improvement?

You should see some positive results with even one single treatment. In many cases the results have been virtually miraculous. Lasting and more significant results are obtained with a series of six or more treatments.

19. Is the treatment safe?

Yes. There are almost no side effects and little trauma to the skin. All tools that contact the treatment area are disposable, such as plastic tips, or Aluminum Oxide.

20. Microdermabrasion and Dermal Fillers

Facial fillers are injected in the subdermal, subcutaneous, or subperiosteal plane.  Proper technique is crucial to obtaining symmetry, balance, and facial proportions.  In practice, combining facial fillers with other treatments can be performed. But, the mechanical action microdermabrasion soon after injection could shift your dermal filler.  If the microdermabrasion is not intense and does not cause a lot of swelling or edema, you can have fillers at the same sitting.  If your wrinkles or creases are subtle, such that mild swelling might hide them, then you should wait one next week and then do the injectable fillers.

21. How much does each treatment cost?

For a single treatment of the face & neck most offices charge $125 to $175 dollars. At MASRI MEDICAL, we take pride in being able to provide the most professional and comfortable services at the most competitive price. We guarantee that we will beat or match any advertised or written estimate for comparable services.

Call us at 407-900-2747 for a free consultation and pricing information.