Sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles — all these minor issues are surface-level, literally and metaphorically. Microdermabrasion gently sands away old, damaged skin to reveal the newer, healthier skin beneath. This not only rejuvenates your complexion, but also encourages collagen and elastin production within deeper layers of the epidermis.
At Laughlin Plastic Surgery in Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Daniel Laughlin offers a variety of cosmetic skin services, including microdermabrasion, to give you a more youthful look and feel to your facial skin.
How microdermabrasion works
If you’ve ever struggled with acne, rough skin, or wrinkles, you might have wished you could just polish them all away.
Your skin gradually replaces itself with time, but age slows this process and makes marks last longer. To make matters worse, production of collagen and elastin decreases as well, causing a loss of volume and elasticity. Combined with sun damage and scars, this can age your face significantly.
Microdermabrasion removes the skin manually rather than waiting for your body to replace it. This process provides faster instant results.
When to consider microdermabrasion
Instead of using acid to remove the upper layers of skin, microdermabrasion is done using a hand-held tool that allows Dr. Laughlin to control exactly how many skin layers are being removed during any given session. Technically speaking, it’s like a deep exfoliation.
There are many reasons you might consider microdermabrasion over other skin treatments. If you want to make a major change, a few sessions spaced four to six weeks apart can deliver impressive results.
If you have significant scarring, such as icepick or boxcar scars from acne, microdermabrasion digs deeper to help reduce their appearance. Even if you just want to reduce signs of aging, the process of removing older, dryer skin layers can tighten and brighten your complexion significantly.
What to expect
To prepare for your microdermabrasion session, it is recommended that you stop tanning and exfoliating in the week leading up to your treatment.
The same goes for the weeks following as well; the fresh skin will be tender and sensitive at first, so you will need to protect it while it heals. Use a gentle sunscreen, cleanser, and moisturizer, and avoid applying harsh products to your face.
Considering microdermabrasion for yourself? To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Laughlin by calling 410-205-5629, or visit the contact page for more options.