When you touch your face, does your complexion feel smooth and soft or rough, like sandpaper? If rough, the surface skin layer could be inundated with damaged skin cells that can make your complexion uneven and dull. At Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Roberto Garcia oversees medical spa services, like nonsurgical skin resurfacing using microdermabrasion. Effective and fast, microdermabrasion removes the upper layer of dead skin so your face is healthier and brighter. This procedure may be performed on its own or along with a complementary skin treatment, such as a chemical peel or dermal filler for greater results. At your initial consultation, Dr. Garcia will develop a custom treatment plan based on your concerns and goals.
Dermabrasion is a more invasive technique that produces substantial changes to the appearance of the skin by injuring it in a controlled manner using an abrasive device. This procedure is generally used to treat severely scarred or aged skin and can only be performed by a skilled professional. Treatments that yield comparable results include laser skin resurfacing, moderate to deep skin peels, and the injection of dermal fillers. Dermabrasion is most commonly performed on the face but can be used just about anywhere on the body. For more information about this procedure, see our dermabrasion page.
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Microdermabrasion may reduce the visibility of blemishes on the skin's surface, such as fine lines, dull skin tone, uneven texture, sun damage, clogged pores, and scars. It is appropriate for men and women of every skin type and tone that would like clearer, healthier skin. These treatments are typically used on the face; however, it may also be performed on your neck, chest, and hands. This procedure shouldn't be used on skin with an open wound or a chronic skin condition, such as rosacea or acne.
Microdermabrasion is done at our office following a consult to decide what procedures will lead to the best results. During the treatment, you will be asked to sit back in a treatment chair as your face is prepared and cleaned. The handpiece will pass along your skin as it both exfoliates and removes dead skin. Although the process may feel a little rough, it is not uncomfortable so you shouldn't need a local anesthetic or numbing cream. The microdermabrasion treatment will be performed evenly in the selected areas but with extra care in delicate places, like around the eyes. After the process is done, your skin will be cleaned to get rid of any leftover debris before a moisturizer and sunscreen, chosen for your skin's needs, is massaged into the skin.
What to Expect
Following your treatment, you may continue your regular day, but you need to apply some form of sun protection since your baby-like skin will be susceptible to sun damage. The treated areas will feel softer, and the tone will be more even. To extend the results of your treatment, Dr. Garcia suggests having a microdermabrasion treatment once every 4 – 6 weeks. Most Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery patients feel that after microdermabrasion, their skin care products (particularly creams and lotions) soak more easily into the skin for effective results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does microdermabrasion cost?
Costs for microdermabrasion treatments can be discussed during your first appointment with a skin care technician. After you discuss your aesthetic goals and they assess your complexion, your personal microdermabrasion treatment plan can be made. Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery often runs specials on skin treatments, including microdermabrasion, plus discounts if you buy a package with several sessions.
Should I get microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, or a chemical peel?
Based on your skin and goals, a skin care technician will help you understand if microdermabrasion, a chemical peel, or dermabrasion is the right procedure. In a nutshell, microdermabrasion clears away the top layer of damaged and dead skin cells to make your complexion look smoother and healthier. You can get these same results from a light chemical peel. A stronger chemical peel or dermabrasion can help if your issues are in the deeper layers. Recovery time might also help you decide which procedure you would prefer as microdermabrasion requires minimal downtime.
How often should I get microdermabrasion treatments?
To start, you may need 5 – 12 microdermabrasion sessions each scheduled about 2 – 4 weeks apart to rejuvenate your complexion. After that, you may move to appointments every 1 – 2 months to maintain your skin's health. During your initial consultation, your technician can develop a plan with suggestions for your goals that determine when you need to schedule your next appointment.
How should I care for my skin after a microdermabrasion treatment?
Following your microdermabrasion procedure, you are encouraged to limit your activity for the rest of the day to give your skin time to rest. You need to avoid UV rays (tanning beds and natural sunlight) and shield your complexion with sunscreen. To reduce swelling and redness following the treatment, Dr. Garcia might suggest a serum or other skin product.
Can I combine microdermabrasion with other treatments?
You may consider combining microdermabrasion with another procedure since it is a surface-level skin treatment. You may choose to combine microdermabrasion with an injectable (BOTOX or Juvéderm) or as part of a facial. Please be clear about your skin concerns during your initial consultation so your technician is able to build a plan that helps meet all of your goals.
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Smoother Surfaces Ahead
Discover your most radiant and healthy skin with a skin rejuvenating procedure at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery. Schedule a skin consultation with a member of the Contoura team to learn more about microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, and other comparable skin treatments at our Ponte Vedra Beach, FL office.