The Skin Texture

Do you have age spots, black heads, patches of darkened skin, wrinkles or stretch marks? Do you wish your skin was more youthful looking? If so, microdermabrasion may be for you. This minimally invasive treatment exfoliates the skin and helps with a variety of imperfections. It also thickens your collagen for smoother and more taut skin.

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Microdermabrasion is a gentle, yet effective procedure that removes the outer layer of skin and exposes a brighter complexion.


What Is Microdermabrasion?

During microdermabrasion, your skin is gently sanded to remove the thicker, uneven outer layer and promote new skin growth. The process also thickens your collagen, a protein that keeps your skin smooth and firm when you’re young but becomes less abundant as you age.

Microdermabrasion at the Zelken Institute

Dr. Zelken and Aesthetic Nurse Miki Omori, RN recommend microdermabrasion to patients who are looking for a non-invasive rejuvenation treatment. Safe for all skin tones, microdermabrasion can boost results from other anti-aging products. After the deep exfoliation process, the skin becomes more receptive to moisturizing serums. Dr. Zelken and Nurse Miki have developed their own protocols to optimize effects and create longer-lasting results.

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Benefits of Microdermabrasion

  • Eliminating or reducing enlarged pores
  • Improving age spots and blackheads
  • Improving hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)
  • Lessening the appearance of stretch marks
  • Reducing wrinkles and fine lines
  • Treating acne and scars caused by acne

How does Microdermabrasion work?

There are two types of microdermabrasion treatments. One method uses a diamond-tipped wand to gently sand away the superficial layer of skin. With the other approach, a hand-held device releases tiny, exfoliating crystals across the skin. A vacuum suctions the crystals and dead skin cells back into the device.

Both types of microdermabrasion last about half an hour. You may experience a mild scratching feeling as the treatment exfoliates your skin. You’ll also experience a vibrating sensation that feels like a massage.

After Microdermabrasion

Following a microdermabrasion session, your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure and you’ll need to use sunscreen immediately. Any redness, swelling and discomfort usually goes away within a few hours. It’s normal for your skin to be dry for several days and Dr. Zelken or Aesthetic Nurse Miki Omori, RN may recommend a special moisturizer or facial product.

As for how long results last, many people have two microdermabrasion sessions per month at first and then one per month for maintenance.

Make sure you ask your provide the following?

  • Are you or your onsite medical director certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Are you specially trained in microdermabrasion?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Where and how will you perform my microdermabrasion treatment?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled?
  • How can I expect my skin to look over time?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of microdermabrasion?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?

Are You Ready for a Consultation?

If you’re considering microdermabrasion or have further questions about the procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule a consultation with Dr. Zelken. We’re located at 1617 Westcliff Drive in Newport Beach, CA, and we can be reached at (949) 432-4730. We serve patients from across the world — we have a Mandarin Chinese-speaking physician — as well as clients in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine and Laguna Beach, California.

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