Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular non-surgical facial transformation methods. The practice of microdermabrasion has been around for years, but modern science has improved the old procedures, making them safer, easier to control and much more effective. The machines that were first used for microdermabrasion used aluminum oxide crystals. These crystals reddened the skin and were dangerous if breathed into the lungs or accidentally ingested. Many spas still use machines with aluminum oxide crystals, but our medical spa uses machines that utilize baking soda crystals for the same gorgeous, exfoliating results without the harmful side effects. With five convenient locations serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, offers microdermabrasion.
What Is Microdermabrasion And What Does It Do?
Microdermabrasion is a chemical free, non-invasive skin treatment that removes the outermost layer of skin cells using exfoliation. The process of mechanical exfoliation is completed by pushing minute baking soda particles across the exterior of the skin at high speeds. While this is happening, an adjustable vacuum applies mild suction along the top layer of the epidermis, safely whisking away layers of dead skin cells. As a result, blood flow to the treated area is enhanced, and the increased circulation stimulates cell regeneration and collagen production.
Benefits of Microdermabrasion
A non-invasive, outpatient procedure, microdermabrasion does not require anesthetic or medication. As a result, clients with drug allergies are still good candidates for the treatment. Microdermabrasion is also an effective treatment for several conditions, such as:
- Acne and blackheads and other topical skin conditions
- Age spots
- Stretch marks
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
Microdermabrasion can firm your skin by promoting the production of collagen. The procedure is so gentle that it can be performed on a regular schedule. Trained aestheticians monitor client progress, helping them make informed decisions when it comes to the frequency of treatment.
Is Microdermabrasion Right for Me?
Whether you desire a brighter, more youthful appearance, or you have multiple skin disorders, microdermabrasion can give you the complexion you desire with minimal interruption to your routine.
What Areas Are Treated With Microdermabrasion?
The most common area for microdermabrasion is the face, although many clients have their neck and chest exfoliated.
Although microdermabrasion treatments usually stand alone as a beauty treatment, a micro version of the procedure can also be done before laser facial treatments. When combined, results are enhanced, as microdermabrasion removes the thin outer layers of skin, leading to deeper penetration by the laser. Patients with deep browns or melasma have seen promising results using the dual procedures.
How Is Microdermabrasion Performed?
The first step is to cleanse your face. Once dirt and oil are removed, you will be given a pair of goggles to protect your eyes. The aesthetician will then begin the procedure by gently running the equipment along the surface of your face, in a circular motion, sloughing away dead skin.
As the dead skin cells are removed, they are simultaneously vacuumed away. Some machines use a secondary tool to do the vacuuming, but either way, the procedure is very gentle. Once your entire face has been exfoliated, a moisturizer is applied to heal and soften your refreshed skin.
What Kind Of Results Can I Expect From Microdermabrasion?
You should not expect the same results from a microdermabrasion that you would from plastic surgery. Sometimes, microdermabrasion is wrongly advertised as a treatment which removes all heavy lines, deep wrinkles, and severe acne scars. Microdermabrasion can lesson some of these problems but, significant results are not be promised with these types of treatments. The crystals used by the aesthetician just scratch the surface of your skin. They scarcely affect the epidermis of the skin and certainly don’t make an enduring impression on the deeper layers of your skin. Microdermabrasion should be viewed as a polishing, exfoliating treatment only.
After just one microdermabrasion treatment, your skin should look younger, healthier and hydrated. The fast results are the perfect solution for skin that needs a quick refreshing. Exfoliation by microdermabrasion is often done in series at three or four-week intervals. The spacing of appointments by three or four weeks is simply a suggestion since the procedure can be safely completed as often as you require.
How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost in Jacksonville?
Microdermabrasion is seldom covered by health insurance. Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery offers financing options to work with any budget. For your convenience, we also accept cash, personal checks, and all major credit cards.
Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery is the leading facial plastic surgery center on the First Coast. As a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Phillip Garcia provides his North Florida patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on microdermabrasion or to schedule a consultation at one of our five convenient locations in Jacksonville (Town Center), Avondale, Julington Creek, Fleming Island or Palm Coast, please contact us today.