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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written by Dr. Jonathan Zelken
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