Home | Spa & Skin Treatments | Microdermabrasion Microdermabrasion Like Tweet Share Print this page Email this page to a friend Bookmark this page Reveal the Beauty of Rejuvenation in Albuquerque If you feel like your skin is dull, flaky, or in need of a good exfoliation, it might be time for a session of microdermabrasion in Albuquerque. Often referred to as simply "microderm," this minimally invasive cosmetic dermatology procedure partially or completely removes the outermost layer of your skin (technically known as the stratum cornea) through a light abrasion. The gentle tool used is the original, crystal free DiamondTome™ wand. Many patients choose microdermabrasion simply to rejuvenate their look, bringing a more polished and youthful appearance to their face. Because the treatment can remove an entire skin layer where marks and pigmentation problems sit, it can also reduce the appearance of a variety of cosmetic problems unique to each patient. The goal is to even out the tone, texture, and color of the skin. Learn more about microdermabrasion from Albuquerque's Western Dermatology Consultants. Call the trusted team at 505-855-9267 to schedule a free consultation What Can Microdermabrasion Treat? Specifically, microdermabrasion is ideal for reducing the appearance of scars, the negative effects of ultraviolet radiation, and other forms of damage on the skin’s outer layer, including: sun damage acne scars dark spots, melasma, and hyperpigmentation raised or flat marks fine lines and wrinkles enlarged pores and blackheads dull complexion uneven skin tone and texture Note that sunken scars do not react to microdermabrasion with the same degree of success as other scars. Also, for patients choosing microdermabrasion to treat acne, the treatments must be repeated periodically. Microdermabrasion is commonly applied to the face, neck, and hands, though it’s also safe for anywhere else on the body as well. The treatment is suitable for people with any skin color and most skin types. How Does Microdermabrasion Work? Microdermabrasion offers two main benefits: First, it gets rid of the dead skin cells that can block pores and make a face look dull and worn. This layer holds onto much of the daily wear and tear experienced by the skin, so polishing it away takes those signs along with it. The material that is physically removed by the abrasion is typically suctioned off with a small vacuum. Second, a microdermabrasion treatment encourages healing processes in the newly revealed layers to kick into a higher gear. As the production of beneficial skin components like collagen and elastin increases, the effect can be visible in a rejuvenated, youthful look. Figure 1 - For patients whose skin is looking dull, lackluster, and dry, microdermabrasion at Albuquerque's The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants removes dead cells and other materials that block pores and prevent naturally beautiful radiance. The treatment lightly exfoliates the surface, allowing healthier new skin to be seen, clearing pores, and more. In other words, as old layers of skin are gently loosened and vacuumed away, new, healthier skin will appear in its place, making you look younger and healthier with every treatment!* As an added benefit, topical skin products will be able to more easily penetrate the surface to be absorbed by the skin. This is because there is less of a barrier for their entry. As the products make their way into the tissue, they can provide nourishing, healing, and moisturizing benefits that further improve the look of the treatment area. What to Expect from a Microdermabrasion Treatment Session Microdermabrasion requires very minimal preparation because it is a mild and minimally invasive option that only focuses on the superficial layer without deeply penetrating the skin. However, you should always have a consultation with an experienced provider before deciding on any treatment. During your appointment, a member of our experienced team will evaluate your skin to determine whether you’re a good candidate for microdermabrasion. A single skin resurfacing session with a diamond-tip wand lasts around 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the area being treated. The exfoliation generally only causes mild discomfort at most, but most people do not find it to be painful. There are virtually no side effects of concern, and you won’t need to take time off to recover after a session—though microdermabrasion patients can expect their skin to peel slightly following their treatment. The treated skin will be very delicate for a few days after an appointment, so you’ll need to limit sun exposure and avoid applying makeup during this time. Keep the skin moisturized and use gentle products rather than strong chemicals when cleansing and performing other daily skincare routines. Why Choose Western Dermatology Consultants for Microdermabrasion in Albuquerque? The mechanics of a microdermabrasion treatment sound simple—remove the outermost layer of skin by gently abrading it away—but the method requires experience and knowhow. While the process may sound somewhat uncomfortable, technological advances and the skill of our board-certified dermatologists means you have the potential for a painless experience that would not call for anesthetic. Afterward, you can enjoy skin that feels lighter and cleaner and has a healthy glow.* For those with uneven skin tones, microdermabrasion is an option that can reduce noticeable contrasts. Are There More Options for Skin Rejuvenation? The Western Dermatology Consultants team works to give every patient a range of options so that each woman and man seeking skin care can receive a customized plan meant to maximize personalized results. While microdermabrasion is ideal for many people, others may choose chemical peels, which have a similar effect, but make use of topical agents applied directly to the face. These chemicals ultimately cause the outermost layer to peel away, exposing younger, fresher skin beneath and triggering the creation of new collagen and other beneficial molecules. Other options include photodynamic therapy, TempSure™, and fractional laser treatments. Our team is well versed in the various treatments available at the practice, including how they can be combined to provide skin rejuvenation that is effective, is safe, and provides noticeable, long-lasting, natural-looking results. Talk to the staff of Western Dermatology Consultants about our many options for skin health and beauty, including microdermabrasion in Albuquerque. We can help you determine what treatment will be best for you. Call 505-855-9267 or set up a free consultation.