Chances are, you’ve heard the term “microdermabrasion” in advertisements for your local day spa, and wondered what it’s all about. Microdermabrasion is a family of cosmetic procedures popular today, which can be used for the treatment of acne and scars, and for the overall improvement of skin tone and texture. The procedure is not painful, requires no anesthetic, and can be performed in a very short amount of time.
There are several options for microdermabrasion, which leaves the consumer wondering: “What is the best option for me?” The first question is whether or not one should attempt to perform home microdermabrasion. Almost every major cosmetics company offers a home microdermabrasion kit, but this should never be an option unless you discuss it with your doctor first. It has been proven that while these systems can be less costly, they are not as effective as professional microdermabrasion treatments.
So, the next question is: “How do I choose a microdermabrasion specialist that is right for me?” Every major city has a plethora of dermatologists, plastic surgeons and day spas from which to choose.
Referrals from Family and Friends
It is important to choose a doctor who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons or the American Academy of Dermatology. It is also important to choose a day spa which has a good reputation. Start by asking your friends and family for a reference, if any of them have ever been treated. If you choose a doctor, make sure she is licensed through your state’s licensing agency by visiting the respective website.
Referral from Your Dermatologist
If no one you know has ever had microdermabrasion, the next resource is your own personal dermatologist. Tell them what you are planning, and see if they can recommend someone.
There are also a multitude of skin care forums, chat rooms and blogs available online. Make sure, however, that you find the testimonials of real people, not those posted on the website of the doctor or day spa in question.