You may have heard friends talk about having a “Parisian Peel,” “Smart Peel,” “Power Peel,” “Ultra Peel,” or “lunchtime peel”— all are types of Microdermabrasion, another tool dermatologists have in their bags to revitalize and resurface skin. The treatment uses a fine mist of microscopic crystals to gently exfoliate the top layers of skin (epidermis). “Think of a sandblaster followed by a vacuum cleaner and you have the general idea of Microdermabrasion,” writes a reporter in Skin and Allergy News. These “lunch hour” peels are often done as a series, and can even out fine wrinkling, uneven pigmentation, and smooth out rough, dry skin or a mild acne problem.

It may be used in conjunction with a chemical peel or as part of a total plan to rejuvenate your skin.

The Procedure
Microdermabrasion is performed in the dermatologist’s office and requires no anesthesia. Using a precision hand piece that directs a stream of very fine crystals and mild suction where needed on the face, the gentle abrasive action exfoliates the outermost layers of the skin.

The dermatologist can control the power of the spray, from a gentle buffing of the skin to deeper exfoliation where needed. At a low power, Microdermabrasion might be compared to results similar to those of glycolic acid peels.

A full-face treatment generally takes 20 to 30 minutes. Following the treatment, your skin appears lightly pink, but there is no oozing or obvious redness. Some patients say their face feels as if their skin has been mildly sun- or wind-burned.

How Soon Will I See Results?After just one treatment your skin will have a healthy-looking glow. You will continue to see improvement throughout your treatment program. The number of treatments needed for maximum results ranges from two to six. During the initial series, treatments are performed every two weeks, and then every 3 to 6 months for maintenance.

Who Is a Candidate?
Individuals who don’t want to undergo the time, expense, discomfort, and possible side effects of more aggressive skin resurfacing treatments such as a deep chemical peel, dermabrasion or full face laser skin resurfacing, and have fairly minor skin problems: fine lines, mild acne, blotches, pigmentation, small scars.

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