Birmingham-Hoover, AL Microdermabrasion
Facial Rejuvenation at Spa Greystone
Are you looking for a non-surgical way to freshen and rejuvenate the skin on your face? Birmingham, Alabama Microdermabrasion treatments at Spa Greystone make use of a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage, and there's even microdermabrasion for stretch marks.
Microdermabrasion refreshes your appearance by:
- Eliminating age spots and black heads.
- Eliminating hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin).
- Exfoliating your skin, resulting in a refreshed appearance.
- Lessening the appearance of stretch marks.
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
- Reducing or eliminating enlarged pores.
- Treating acne and the scars left by acne.
A less aggressive approach than dermabrasion, there is almost no discomfort in microdermabrasion, meaning you won't need a topical or local anesthetic and there is no recovery or downtime.
How Microdermabrasion Works
Imagine a very fine sand blaster and you'll get a picture of how microdermabrasion works. It uses microparticles, or a diamond-tipped wand, to slough off the top layer of your skin and stimulate new skin growth. This technique also helps to thicken your collagen, which results in a younger-looking complexion. Collagen is a protein in your skin that's abundant when you're a child and makes skin appear taut and smooth. Collagen production declines as we age, resulting in looser, uneven skin.
There are two kinds of microdermabrasion treatments. One approach involves a hand-held device that streams tiny crystals across your skin. An attached vacuum simultaneously suctions those exfoliating crystals back into the machine, along with the dead or loosened skin. The newer approach uses a diamond-tip wand that is gently moved across your skin to exfoliate.
Each treatment will last about a half hour. You may feel a mild scratching as the procedure removes the superficial skin cells. Additionally, you'll notice a vibrating sensation akin to a massage. There is also a suction mechanism to lift off the dead skin.
Afterwards, a special moisturizer or facial product may be recommended to enhance and prolong your result. But there is no down time or recovery period.
Microdermabrasion Risks & Recovery
Any discomfort experienced as part of microdermabrasion is usually short-lived. This can include redness and swelling, which should subside within a few hours. Later, you can expect the skin to be flaky and dry for several days. Additional risks include:
- Bruising, which can occur from the suction and may last several days.
- Your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. Be sure to use sunscreen, especially immediately following a microdermabrasion session.
In the long term, your polished new look should be long-lasting, depending on the severity of your skin damage and the number of treatments that you receive. Many people have two microdermabrasion treatments per month at first and then one per month as part of a maintenance plan.
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