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Abrasive resurfacing of the facial skin is a technique that lifts away the outermost epidermal layer. This helps the body to produce healthier skin cells and also works as an exfoliating procedure. Microdermabrasion is a specialized form of this treatment. Unlike traditional abrasive surface skin removal, microdermabrasion involves the use of a diamond-tipped wand. The wand exfoliates the skin and removes the upper epidermis. This is gentler on the skin than what one experiences with a traditional abrasive procedure.

Microdermabrasion is performed in-house, with no anesthetics or skin numbing agents required. Downtime is minimal, and the patient enjoys not only smoother skin, but also an increase in collagen production. We encourage our clients and future clients to learn more about how microdermabrasion can help combat the signs of aging.

What Microdermabrasion Will Treat

Most of our clients’ concerns center around the smoothness of the facial skin, visible scarring, stretch marks and discolored patches. Small, dynamic, non-set wrinkles are caused by thinning skin and a loss of collagen. Superficial scarring due to injury or acne may show up as a prominent discolored patch. Microdermabrasion can help to reduce the appearance of these wrinkles and scars.

How The Procedure Works

We use a special instrument equipped with tiny diamond chips and a vacuum system. The wand is placed directly onto the skin. As the diamonds gently remove the old, dead skin cells, the vacuum pressure lifts the dead cells away.

The procedure generally lasts only about 45 minutes. Afterwards, the skin will be pinkish in tone, but this lasts only for a few hours. The end result will be a smoother, healthier, more youthful-looking complexion.

Advantages of Microdermabrasion

This procedure involves no surgery, nor does it use harsh acid chemicals to burn away the skin. This makes it suitable for most all skin types and skin tones. The diamonds not only remove the dead and damaged skin cells of the upper epidermis, but they also act to exfoliate the skin and open up clogged pores.

The body responds to this treatment by sending nutrients to the skin. Newer skin growth is healthier, and collagen production increases because the body identifies the skin removal as a slight injury. The process of healthier, smoother skin growth continues for one or two months after the treatment.

Learn More About Microdermabrasion

This is a simple cosmetic procedure that won’t interrupt your busy schedule. During a consultation at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery in Bethesda, our team of well-trained professionals can help you understand how microdermabrasion can rejuvenate your facial skin and help to eliminate the prominent signs of aging. Our office proudly serves the Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.