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Q. What is microdermabrasion?
A. It is a minimally invasive procedure to create
superficial skin resurfacing. The microdermabrasion machine uses vacuum
and sometimes positive pressure via a hand piece to pass micro-fine
aluminum oxide layers across the skin of the face. As the crystals make
contact, layers of the superficial skin are exfoliated, then vacuumed
away with the dead skin cells in a process similar to sanding.
Microdermabrasion rejuvenates the skin in a number of ways. The combination of
skin exfoliation and slight vacuum stimulates fibroblasts (collagen cells) to produce new healthy, living cells in
the superficial layer of the skin. As a result, your skin becomes smoother
in texture and tighter with a fresh, clean look.
It is called the “Lunch-Time Peel” because of its
quick, easy application and no recovery time. You are able to return to
work, use make-up and cleanse daily almost immediately after treatment.
Microdermabrasion is performed in a progressive,
rather than aggressive, manner. Optimum results are obtained through a
series of treatments, typically for up to eight treatments, spaced 10-14
There is virtually no healing time required with
microdermabrasion. The average time for complete cell regeneration is
4-5 weeks. At the end of that time, significant results are evident in
the majority of patients.
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Q. What are the
benefits of microdermabrasion?
A. For those consumers who are looking for not
only great results but also an immediate return to normal lifestyle,
having regular microdermabrasion treatments provides such benefits:
- Overall rejuvenation of skin health
- Lower cost (compared to laser and plastic surgery)
- Few side effects; none of them long-lasting
- No anesthetic requirement
- Reduction of minor to moderate early aging fine lines
- Stimulation of fibroblasts for collagen production
- Scar revision
- Hyperpigmentation reduction (sometimes in combination with chemical lighteners)
- Enhanced penetration of carefully chosen topical medications after treatment
- No potential for adverse chemical irritation
- May be performed during pregnancy
- May be performed after surgery with appropriate adjustment of vacuum and/or crystal flow
- No recovery or downtime; any residual erythema from a
moderate peel may be camouflaged immediately
- Hyperpigmentation risk is minimal, as no heat is generated
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What conditions does microdermabrasion treat?
A. Conditions that can be treated with microdermabrasion include:
- Sun-induced pigmentation, melasma, age spots
- Whiteheads and blackheads
- Fine lines and minor wrinkles
- Acne and blemishes
- Enlarged/clogged pores
- Flaking and dry skin
- Excessive oiliness
- Scar and callus reduction
- Blending lasered and non-lasered areas after laser skin resurfacing
- Pre-treatment for cosmetic surgery
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What are the contraindications of microdermabrasion?
A. Recognizing contraindications to microdermabrasion is vitally important.
The minor trauma of particle skin resurfacing can aggravate some of theses conditions:
- Active, uncontrolled or brittle diabetes
- Viral lesions, Herpes Simplex, Shingles
- Eczema of Seborrheic dermatitis
- Oral blood thinners
- Skin cancer and auto immune disorders such as AIDS or HIV
- Visible, broken blood vessels
- Sunburned skin
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Several drugs, such as hyaluronic acid, glutathione and minerals, help to
achieve skin rejuvenation when applied directly on the skin. However,
their effectiveness is minimal when applied topically (directly onto
the skin) because of the normal barriers of the superficial layers of
the skin. A new breakthrough technology – now available at the Pelosi
Medical Center - uses a combination of microdermabrasion with a system
called Transderm Ionto System. This technology has made it possible
medications through the skin while avoiding the use of needles.
Standard microdermabrasion is performed first to exfoliate dead skin
cells and superficial skin. This prepares the skin to receive the
drug solution. Microdermabrasion overcomes the superficial skin
barrier function (stratum corneum) to allow the safe and effective
cutaneous (skin) penetration of the medications. The Transdermal
drug delivery unit is attached to the microdermabrasion machine. It
has a vibrating probe that delivers the liquid drug solution at a
constant and controlled rate and hides the perception and discomfort
of the electrical pulses. Drs. Pelosi favor the use of the following
drugs to enhance skin rejuvenation
and to improve the results of microdermabrasion:
- Hyaluronic acid – plays an important role in tissue hydration,
lubrication and cellular function; removes waste from cells with no
direct blood supply; able to hold more water than any other natural
substance which result in smoothness, softening and decrease in
- Glutathione – “master antioxidant;” acts to reconstitute vitamin
C and E after they have been oxidized; protects cells from free radical
damage; works in conjunction with Super Oxide Dismutase (enzymes that
play a major role in the protection of cells from oxidative stress) to
help with detoxification.
- MTE-4 – contains multi-trace elements
- Copper – important for conversion of L-Tyrosine to melanin
adding in UV protection; needed for conversion of carotene to retinol;
needed for CT maturation; provides cross-linking of aldehydes in
collagen and elastin tissues; stimulates SOD enzyme.
- Manganese: activates enzymes in formation of collagen; tones and firms skin.
- Zinc sulfate: required for synthesis of collagen; protects
against UV rays; stimulates transport of Vitamin A from liver to skin; stimulates SOD enzyme.
- Chromium: can help with acne by improving localized glucose sensitivity.
The combined procedure does not require anesthesia and the
patient is able to return to work immediately after treatment ("Lunch-Time Peel").
Advantages of the New Combined Approach
- Includes the benefits of microdermabrasion
- No needles
- No pain
- No bruising or trauma from injections
- No post treatment discomfort
- No topical anesthetics needed
- No irritations, burning or inflammation
- Other indications of this combined approach include the treatment of cellulite
and the removal of undesirable body fat deposits (lipodissolve) as an alternative to liposuction.
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