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As we age, the rate at which our skin sheds and replenishes itself slows down. This leaves a layer of dead cells on the surface of the skin, contributing to an aged appearance. Facial peels help exfoliate the damaged layer to reveal the younger, healthier skin beneath. Made of natural fruit and plant extracts, essential oils, vitamins, collagen, elastin or other ingredients, facials are a faster and gentler alternative to laser resurfacing. Applied in a series of 15- to 20-minute treatments over several weeks, facials reduce the signs of aging and can also improve skin conditions such as acne, dry or oily skin, and uneven texture or pigmentation. Peel strengths and formulas are tailored to each patient for optimal results.

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Microdermabrasion is a skin-freshening technique that helps repair patients’ skin, which takes beatings from the sun and the effects of aging. It also treats age spots, acne scars, stretch marks, fine wrinkles or flaking skin. Microdermabrasion is the number-two nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Microdermabrasion:

Is the procedure new?

Microdermabrasion has been used successfully for years in Europe and is now one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in this country.  Our office uses the ExcellaDerm™ Microdermabrasion System because of its quality, dependability and results.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive exfoliating procedure performed individually or in a series for revitalizing and maintaining the skin’s appearance and smoothness.  It can be used to address problem areas on the face or body.  One session generally takes 30 minutes or so.  There is no special preparation before the visit nor any recuperation after.

How does it work?

A precise stream of very fine crystals is directed through the ExcellaDerm™ hand piece onto the skin to loosen the layer of dead skin cells that form on the surface.  It then suctions away both the skin debris and the crystals to reveal fresh invigorated skin.  Typically, only the uppermost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, is removed.  This is why there is minimal discomfort and virtually no recuperation.  In select cases, however, a more aggressive abrasion may be chosen and appropriate aftercare will be. discussed

What results can I expect?

Patients have been thrilled with the effect ExcellaDerm™ microdermabrasion procedure has on:

  • Improving dull or uneven skin color
  • Relieving clogged pores and blackheads
  • Softening general roughness or thickened patches of dead skin (e.g., elbows, feet)
  • Refining the appearance of fine, crepey lines, large pores, acne, and hyperpigmentation
  • Removing surface debris allows the skin to better absorb topical medications
  • Increasing circulation for a natural glow
  • The overall youthful appearance of their skin

Does this replace other procedures?

Microdermabrasion is a valuable skin care tool in and of itself but does not take the place of either laser procedures or therapeutic skin care products.  Microdermabrasion is an excellent adjunct to other procedures.

Are there any side effects?

The procedure may impart a slight redness to the skin but this will subside within a few hours.  Although uncommon, some patients may experience blushing of the skin from increased blood flow, which will fade gradually over a day or two.

Is microdermabrasion for everyone?

Almost everyone could benefit from microdermabrasion, except patients who are taking certain medications or who have an inflammatory skin condition may need to postpone treatment.  Your doctor and/or skin care professional will advise you.