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Microdermabrasion in New York

Smoother, Younger Skin

Your skin does a pretty good job of looking out for you. It protects you from the sun and the heat and the cold and the rain. But it doesn’t do all that for free; and as a coat of armor, eventually, your skin begins to show some wear and tear. Luckily, your skin is quite good at healing and repairing itself. In fact, your skin has wonderful healing properties that are just a natural part of its composition. The trick is to use those healing processes for targeted rejuvenation. Courtney is able to accomplish that by using Microdermabrasion1 at our NYC offices.

Microdermabrasion is2 an exfoliative treatment in which a wand is used to gently sand the skin. A small vacuum is attached to the wand that sucks up dead cells and debris. The outer layer of skin containing dead cells is removed; uncovering fresh new skin underneath. This prevents clogged pores and breakouts and promotes the growth of new healthy skin cells. The result is smooth, fresh, healthy skin. There is usually no discomfort, and there is no necessary downtime. The entire treatment takes about 15 minutes. Dr. Rokhsar leads all microdermabrasion3 treatments. Microdermabrasion is usually performed every 3-5 weeks for the best results.

Who is a Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is used for:

Dermabrasion vs. Microdermabrasion

Dermabrasion is a non-surgical skin resurfacing treatment. The process sands away the outer layer of skin, penetrating into deeper layers of the skin. Dermabrasion is a much more powerful version of microdermabrasion and is used for fine lines, moderate wrinkles, surgical scars, and acne scars. It is a procedure most often used to improve the look of facial skin left scarred by accidents, previous surgery, or to smooth out final facial wrinkles. Dermabrasion stimulates collagen and improves skin tone in one treatment. A numbing cream is applied prior to treatment. If desired, medications can be given to increase comfort. Next, a wand is used to sand away the outer layer of the skin. After treatment, an ointment and gauze will be applied to protect the skin. Dermabrasion is an involved procedure and requires a skilled physician to perform it correctly.

Both microdermabrasion and dermabrasion are ways to rejuvenate and deeply cleanse the skin through a visit to the dermatologist. Microdermabrasion is used to treat wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, large pores, mild acne, age spots, and uneven skin tone. This exfoliating treatment begins by gently sanding the skin with tiny crystals, and then a small vacuum is used to remove the dead cells that are left behind. Microdermabrasion is performed regularly for optimal results but can be done on occasion in order to promote new and clean skin growth.

After Dermabrasion Treatment

Because it penetrates deeper into the skin, there is a significant amount of downtime. After treatment, it is normal to experience redness, swelling, tiny spots of bleeding, and scabbing. These side effects will get better each day and should be gone after a week. The fresh new skin being unveiled will be pink at first, and will gradually return to your normal skin color. You must avoid the sun for a week after treatment. Remember to always protect your skin from the sun with sunblock and/or a hat. Not wearing sun protection will damage the new skin and can interfere with results. Dermabrasion is a powerful treatment that requires significant downtime, but dramatic results, as well.

Dermabrasion FAQ

Do dermabrasion treatments hurt?

Patients have reported some mild discomfort, comparable to a windburn or bad sunburn. Excessive movement of the freshly treated skin may cause cracking and bleeding.

How soon will the results appear?

Immediately after treatment, fresh pink skin begins to emerge as a result of the healing process. It is important not to pull or rub any peeling or crusting skin. A mild sunburn-like appearance may linger for a week after treatment, but most results will develop within a few weeks after treatment.

What can I expect post-treatment?

Post-treatment, it is normal to experience redness, swelling, tiny spots of bleeding, and scabbing and should take up to a week to clear up. During this time it is important to avoid the sun, and if sun protection is not used the patient could experience adverse results.

How long do dermabrasion results last?

Usually, 5 to 8 treatments are recommended 7 to 10 days apart in order to achieve the best results. Monthly maintenance, treatments 2 or 3 times a month, might be necessary to maintain results. Results are usually immediate and noticeable right after the half-hour-long treatment.

What Are Results and Recovery Like for Microdermabrasion?

After your microdermabrasion treatment, there will usually be some redness in the treated areas. This redness will fade quickly, and many patients return to work and normal activities the next day. There is generally little discomfort from a microdermabrasion session (though sometimes the areas of skin around the eyes can be extra sensitive). In those cases, sometimes ice can be applied to help with bruising, redness, or any discomfort the patient may suffer from.

Microdermabrasion is a great way to rejuvenate your skin–to reward it for all the hard work it does for you. With Microdermabrasion, you can enjoy smooth, replenished skin. And because most of that is accomplished by your skin’s natural properties–by tricking it into rejuvenating instead of repairing–the results will also look quite natural. This means that people won’t notice all the work you’ve done. Instead, they’ll just notice how great your skin looks.

So if you’re interested in seeing what Microdermabrasion can do for you, be sure to contact our Garden City or NYC offices to schedule a confidential consultation. This procedure is performed right here in our offices, for maximum comfort, but the first step is always a consultation, during which you will discuss your desired final results and the best way to achieve them. Contact us today to get started!

Microdermabrasion FAQ

Does a microdermabrasion treatment hurt?

Patients have reported mild scratching as the procedure removes the dead and loosened skin cells. Patients will experience a vibrating sensation, similar to that of a massage.

What is the difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a light “peel” used to remove the outer dead layer of skin, which requires no downtime. It may improve shallow acne scarring, skin tone, and wrinkles. Dermabrasion is a much deeper procedure used to remove the deeper layers of the skin to treat harder-to-reach acne scars and deep wrinkles and generally requires a surgeon to perform the procedure.

What is a microdermabrasion facial?

Microdermabrasion facial is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that is designed to improve the texture and tone of the skin. During the treatment, a specially designed device is used to exfoliate the skin and remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells. This process helps to promote cell regeneration, resulting in smoother, brighter, and healthier-looking skin. Microdermabrasion can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns, including sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone. The procedure is typically performed by a licensed aesthetician or dermatologist and can be done on the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. Overall, microdermabrasion is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of the skin without the need for surgery.

What is diamond microdermabrasion?

Diamond microdermabrasion is a cosmetic treatment that uses a diamond-tipped wand or handpiece to exfoliate and suction away dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Unlike crystal microdermabrasion, diamond microdermabrasion does not involve the use of crystals and is known to be a newer, safer, and more effective method of skin resurfacing. The procedure can help to improve the appearance of skin conditions such as photoaged skin, acne, scarring, fine lines, melasma, patchy hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and age spots. Diamond microdermabrasion works by removing the outer layer of the skin to reveal a brighter, smoother, and more youthful-looking complexion. The procedure is generally simple, pain-free, and does not require anesthesia or downtime. A single session of diamond microdermabrasion can leave the skin feeling soft, smooth, and radiant, while a series of treatments can improve skin texture and tone.

How does microdermabrasion work?

Microdermabrasion is a popular cosmetic procedure used to exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin. The treatment involves the use of tiny crystals or a diamond-tipped wand to gently remove dead skin cells and impurities from the skin’s surface. The procedure is non-invasive and does not involve the use of chemicals, making it a safe option for people with sensitive skin.

There are two types of microdermabrasion: crystal microdermabrasion and diamond microdermabrasion. Both types offer similar benefits, but the process between the two is slightly different. Crystal microdermabrasion uses a wand to spray fine crystals onto the skin, while diamond microdermabrasion uses a diamond-tipped wand to abrade the skin.

During the procedure, the microdermabrasion tool also includes a vacuum, which serves several functions: it lifts the section of skin being treated, it pulls impurities to the surface of the skin, and it collects the dead skin cells. The varying coarseness of the wand is another feature of the tool that allows the specialist to customize the treatment based on the patient’s skin type and condition.

Microdermabrasion is an effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including sun damage, wrinkles, acne, and scarring. It can also improve overall skin texture and tone.

How long does microdermabrasion take?

The duration of a microdermabrasion treatment may vary depending on the specific procedure and skin condition. The actual microdermabrasion procedure typically takes about 15 to 30 minutes, 30 to 40 minutes to treat the entire face and 20 minutes to treat the neck, or around 30 minutes.

However, a complete treatment session may last longer, up to an hour, depending on the procedure and whether additional steps are performed, such as skin cleansing or moisturizing.

To achieve the desired results, multiple microdermabrasion sessions may be necessary, typically ranging from four to six sessions for most people, with more sessions required for severe photodamage or other skin conditions, up to 16 treatments. The recommended frequency of microdermabrasion treatments depends on individual goals, with some people getting treatments spaced a week or so apart. The results of microdermabrasion treatments may appear immediately after a session, but optimal results may require repeated sessions at set intervals.

How long does microdermabrasion last?

The effects of a single microdermabrasion treatment typically last for about one month, since skin cells naturally regenerate every 30 days. However, the duration of the effects may vary depending on the patient’s age and skincare routine. To achieve the best results, repeated microdermabrasion sessions are usually needed, with a recommended frequency of about 5 to 16 treatments, spaced a week or so apart.

The frequency of treatments may vary based on individual goals and skin conditions. Patients with severe photodamage or other skin conditions may require upwards of 16 treatments. The recommended frequency of treatments depends entirely on how long the treatment results last, and most people repeat this treatment every four weeks. However, some patients may benefit from treatments every two to three weeks, as well as patients that may benefit from the treatment every six to eight weeks.

Microdermabrasion is a safe procedure, and most people do not experience any adverse side effects. If side effects do occur, they tend to be mild and short-lived, and typically last no longer than a few hours to a day. Common side effects include skin redness and increased blood flow in capillaries close to the surface.

What to do after microdermabrasion?

After the treatment, it is essential to follow proper aftercare instructions to ensure optimal results and minimize the risk of side effects. Here are some tips on what to do after microdermabrasion:

  • Apply moisturizer and sunscreen: After microdermabrasion, you may need to apply a moisturizer or other skin care product at home. You will be given a skin-care plan that includes sun protection. Protecting your skin from the sun helps ensure the best possible results and reduces the risk of side effects.
  • Soothe your skin: For a few days after microdermabrasion, you may notice skin swelling, skin redness similar to sunburn, bruising, a burning or stinging sensation, and increased sensitivity of the skin to touch. To soothe your skin, you can apply a cold compress to the affected areas and avoid using hot water or harsh products on your face. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water to help keep you hydrated and your skin moisturized.
  • Follow specific instructions: Use skin care products as instructed by your clinician. After microdermabrasion, avoid sweating, facial waxing, fake tan application, sauna, sun beds, sun exposure, Botox, collagen injections, dermal fillers, and any anti-aging creams, AHA’s, glycolics, retinol, or exfoliating products for specific periods of time as recommended by your clinician.
  • Don’t take certain medications or drinks: Don’t drink any alcoholic beverages for 48 hours after your appointment, and don’t take pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen for about a week after your appointment to promote quick healing.
  • Use a nourishing moisturizer: Once you’ve finished your microdermabrasion treatment, you’ll want to soothe your skin with a rich, nourishing moisturizer. Applying a face cream can help promote skin healing.

Overall, it is crucial to follow the recommended aftercare instructions from your clinician to ensure the best possible results and minimize any potential risks.

What to expect after microdermabrasion?

There is little to no downtime after microdermabrasion, and you should be able to resume your daily activities immediately after the procedure. However, your treated skin may be pink or red and slightly swollen, and you may notice skin redness lasting for slightly longer than a day if you have sensitive skin. For a few days after microdermabrasion, you may also experience skin swelling, bruising, burning or stinging sensation, and increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. These symptoms will go away without treatment, but you can keep your skin feeling smooth and aid the healing process by using a gentle moisturizer as needed throughout the day.

After the procedure, your skin should look smoother and feel softer to the touch. You may notice a minimized appearance of fine lines, reduced hyperpigmentation by several shades, and a fresh and clean feeling in your pores. Additionally, microdermabrasion can be incorporated into a complete facial treatment at many salons, day spas, and medi-spas.

How often should you get a microdermabrasion?

In general, patients may receive between 5 and 16 treatments, spaced a week or so apart, to see significant results. The exact number of sessions needed may vary based on individual skin concerns and goals. For example, individuals with serious skin issues may consider having at least one home microdermabrasion treatment per month to address specific problems.

While microdermabrasion is a safe and relatively gentle cosmetic treatment, over-exfoliation can cause irritation, redness, and rash. To prevent this outcome, individuals should wait at least six days to one week between microdermabrasion sessions.

How much does a microdermabrasion facial cost?

The cost of a microdermabrasion treatment varies depending on several factors such as the location, experience level of the provider, the size of the treated area, and the type of microdermabrasion being performed. The cost of microdermabrasion is generally lower than other acne scar treatment procedures, and it requires no downtime. It is important to consult with your provider to determine the final fee for the treatment.

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121 East 60th Street, Suite 8AB New York, NY 10022
(212) 285-1110

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901 Stewart Ave, Suite 240, Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 512-7616

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Licensed Medical Aesthetician & Skincare Expert: Nausheen

Licensed Medical Aesthetician & Skincare Expert: Nausheen

Nausheen is a highly trained NY state licensed medical esthetician with over 10 years of experience. She is a skin care specialist with experience focused in Hydrafacials, Chemical Peels, PRP with microneedling, Dermaplaning and Laser Hair Removal.

She specializes in state of the art cosmetic treatments that can help correct imperfections, including hyperpigmentation, age spots, acne and anti-aging. She believes the combination of more intensive treatments and prescriptions paired with the intuitive and careful touch of an esthetician is the highest value.

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