Minimally abrasive treatments are a safe, easy way to help refresh and revitalize your skin. They exfoliate to remove the skin’s outermost layer, know as the epidermis. Physical exfoliation is done with a certain sterile instrument—the type of instrument depends on the procedure—that gently sloughs off dead skin cells. This stimulates the production of collagen, the protein that makes skin appear smooth. As skin ages and is exposed to various environmental factors, the natural growth of collagen declines and wear and tear begins to show. The Dermatology Clinic offers microdermabrasion treatments that target the outer layer of skin to reveal the smoother, healthier-looking layer just below.
As their name indicates, minimally abrasive procedures address skin issues without the intensity of harsh chemicals or surgery. According to a 2017 report by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, nonsurgical skin-tightening procedures increased by 15.1 percent. Because they are non-invasive, these treatments require little to no downtime and can often be done in less than an hour. Treatments are also safe for pregnant and breastfeeding patients because they activate cell regeneration without harsh chemicals. They can be done about once a month, although treatment plans may vary. Our trained aestheticians and board-certified dermatologists administer treatments.
A traditional microdermabrasion procedure is safe for all skin types and typically lasts about half an hour. Technicians gently sand your skin with a diamond-tip wand or place small crystals on the skin and vacuum them up. Both exfoliation methods remove the outer skin layer and increase collagen, which activates new skin growth. Microdermabrasion not only exfoliates and refreshes your skin, but it may also reduce wrinkles and enlarged pores, improve blackheads and hyperpigmentation, and address acne and acne scarring. We also offer Dermaplaning and Dermaglide® microdermabrasion methods.
Dermaplaning uses a surgical scalpel to softly shave the outer layer of the dead skin along with unwanted fine hairs, leaving the skin looking smoother and brighter. This procedure may be best if you have dry or rough skin. Dermaplaning isn’t recommended for those with sensitive or oily skin, active acne, or thick facial hair. If you’re unsure if Dermaplaning is right for you, discuss this during your consultation.
This procedure was the first microdermabrasion to utilize medical-grade, all-natural sodium bicarbonate crystals. Dermaglide uses the vacuum method mentioned above to revitalize the skin and stimulate collagen growth. Sodium bicarbonate helps address the skin’s pH balance by neutralizing acidic bacteria, which can help treat acne. Treatment may lessen fine lines and wrinkles, help lighten scarring and sun damage, and revitalize skin texture.
Although each method of physical exfoliation is different, they generally follow a similar procedure. You will schedule an initial consultation with a dermatologist or aesthetician to discuss which treatment is best for your skin type and skin care goals. After your microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, or Dermaglide procedure, we may recommend a certain skin care product to aid and help prolong your results. Although there is no downtime, your skin may be slightly red or swollen for the first few hours and can be dry and flaky for a couple of days after. Be extremely cautious when outdoors and avoid direct sun exposure for at least a week. If you must go outside for a prolonged period, please wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
The Dermatology Clinic is proud to offer these advanced minimally abrasive procedures to patients in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Our gentle exfoliation treatments can help treat common wear and tear of the skin in a safe, natural way. Fill out our form to schedule your consultation and find the ideal treatment for you.