Are You A Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion or Dermabrasion?
For patients who are not ready to go under the knife for surgical procedures, certain noninvasive procedures can help to temporarily turn back the clock. Two of these procedures are microdermabrasion and dermabrasion. Dr. Jennifer Walden, a board-certified plastic surgeon who is based in Austin, TX describes who the right candidate is for the respective treatment and how these treatments improve one’s overall skin appearance and texture.
According to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), 557,690 microdermabrasion and 28,268 dermabrasion procedures were performed last year.
“I like to refer to microdermabrasion as a strong facial. It is a device that has a sand type application which helps to exfoliate the skin and give you a glow,” explains Dr. Walden. “Dermabrasion is a more invasive procedure that plastic surgeons used to perform more often before laser resurfacing became popular. It involves mechanically removing the top layer of the skin in order to give it a smoother texture.”
Microdermabrasion polishes away dead skin cells while simulating collagen production. It helps combat blemishes and sun spots and makes your skin glow. Dermabrasion is helps get rid of wrinkles and fine lines.
“Good candidates for dermabrasion is are women in their 50s-60s who are also getting a facelift, who may have been smokers and have developed deep lines around their lips, has and have coarse rhytids or wrinkles, fine lines, and sun damage. Anyone that needs a little bit of exfoliation is a good candidate for a microdermabrasion,” notes Dr. Walden.
With shorter recovery time and immediate results, both procedures can be temporary alternatives to more invasive antiaging procedures. For more information on microdermabrasion and dermabrasion, go to the procedure page.