How Can Microdermabrasion Help?

For patients who are in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area—or other parts of the country—and are unhappy with their skin, microdermabrasion may be able to help. The procedure is not scientifically proven to make improvements to the aesthetics of the skin, but many who receive this procedure report that their skin feels smoother afterwards. It is a very light and superficial form of dermabrasion. Dermabrasion can be used to treat certain conditions and skin problems, but comes with a longer recovery period than microdermabrasion, which is minimally-invasive and is often called the 'lunchtime procedure' because it is so quick and easy that it can be done on a break from work.

The procedure works by propelling tiny aluminum oxide crystals at the skin. The crystals are sucked up right away. Newer procedures may not even use crystals. There might be some minor discomfort during the treatment, with some reporting that it feels like an emery board being rubbed on the skin. Others do not feel discomfort during the treatment. The procedure has been used to successfully treat various skin colors and types, and it is often used to improve unevenness in skin color or texture. Many turn to microdermabrasion as a treatment for acne, while a lot of patients enjoy the smoothness of their skin following the treatment. A Colorado Springs cosmetic specialist should be consulted to help determine if the procedure is right for you.

Most procedures take about ten to thirty minutes, allowing the patient to leave right after the procedure is performed and return to normal activities. This is in contrast to dermabrasion, which can require lengthy recovery times in some cases. However, microdermabrasion is a very light form of dermabrasion, so multiple sessions of the treatment are required to reach optimal results. Most require about five to nine treatment sessions to reach their optimal results, although this varies depending on the area that's being treated. Treatments are usually spaced about a week apart.

The results of the treatment sessions usually last a few months, and then maintenance treatments are required. Prior to undergoing any treatment, patients are encouraged to speak with a Colorado Springs cosmetic specialist to get an idea of what to expect throughout the process. Some may experience facial redness following the procedure, but microdermabrasion is generally considered safe with no major complications. Of course, this is another thing that should be discussed with the specialist no matter the treatment one is interested in receiving. 

As this is a cosmetic procedure, insurance companies will not provide coverage of any of its costs. Some cosmetic clinics offer payment programs, which can be discussed with the specialist prior to undergoing treatment. 

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