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Microdermabrasion is a popular treatment that uses a special brush to exfoliate the skin, leaving it considerably smoother and softer. Since its invention over a decade ago, millions of users all around the world have learned how powerful and effective microdermabrasion is as either an occasional treatment or a regular part of a skincare regimen.

How Does Microdermabrasion Work?

Microdermabrasion uses a mechanical (usually spinning) brush to scrub the skin more firmly than can be accomplished by hand. The brushes almost always include a gentle vacuum feature to collect the dead skin cells as they’re removed. A variety of abrasive surfaces are used in the brushes, and professional machines virtually always allow the operator to switch out the brush heads to guarantee the right match for each user. No option is perfect for every skin type, though, so it’s always best to have a trained eye select the right brush for you. (Kits are on the market for use at home, but many users are disappointed by the results without a professional selecting the right brush and firmness level.)

What is Treatment Like?

Microdermabrasion sessions can be as short as five minutes, but the typically last closer to an hour. A treatment session should not cause discomfort; in fact, many patients enjoy incorporating them into spa visits because they find the sensation very soothing. With a professional treatment, the machine should never feel too rough, as our specialist will adjust it to your skin type.

While microdermabrasion treatments require no recovery time, some people may find that their skin is a bit more sensitive than usual afterwards and that they need to be especially careful to avoid sunburns. While makeup and moisturizing creams can typically be applied immediately after the treatment is finished, potentially irritating substances like chemical peels should be avoided for at least a few days while the outer layers of skin regenerate. Skin cells will regrow and the treatment is not permanent, but it can be repeated regularly.

How is the Cosmetic Vein and Laser Center Different?

The Cosmetic Vein and Laser Center is the Buffalo area’s foremost practice for cosmetic dermatology and vein care. Since Dr. Daniel Buscaglia founded it in 1997, the Williamsville office has expanded to add three other doctors who work hard to remain at the forefront of their profession. To learn more about microdermabrasion or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.

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