At Mehta Plastic Surgery, we are delighted to offer the latest in microdermabrasion technology, called the Dermasweep. The procedure can be comfortably and painlessly completed in our Atherton office in less than 30 minutes and is used for a wide variety of skin conditions. Umang Mehta, MD and his staff have treated a great number of patients from all over the San Francisco Bay Area with excellent results.
The recovery time is brief, as most patients have mild redness of the skin that lasts no longer than 30-45 minutes after the treatment. Most people go right back to work following their treatments.
Here are some of the most common questions asked by our patients…
1. What exactly is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a skin-revitalizing and rejuvenating procedure that helps repair skin that is damaged from years of sun exposure, facial scars, acne and general effects of aging. Microdermabrasion uses gentle suction and abrasion to remove (or peel) the dead, outer layer of your skin in order to stimulate and reveal new healthy skin underneath.
2. What is Dermasweep?
DermaSweep is the latest in microdermabrasion technology, based on variable-level vacuum pump that gently lifts the skin surface as the device gently peels away the dead layer of skin in a controlled and precise manner. Your skin is left smoother as the vacuum action of the wand cleans the pores, treating blackheads and stimulating blood flow to the skin. The increased blood flow stimulates collagen formation.
A variety of treatment tips for the Dermasweep are available, which allows Dr. Mehta to customize your treatment based on your unique skin type, skin pigmentation, skin conditions, and desired results. The Dermasweep uses polyester or nylon bristle tips to fully eliminate the mess and hazards associated with traditional microdermabrasion crystal systems.
Dermasweep has a unique Epi-Infusion option, or “wet microdermabrasion” in which skin specific solutions can be directly applied to the skin while performing the second stage of the microdermabrasion treatment. These solutions can be customized for patients with dry skin, oily skin, and sun-damaged skin, among others.
3. What skin conditions does Microdermabrasion treat?
Nearly every patient can benefit from Microdermabrasion. Many patients come in to see us a few weeks before a big event such as a wedding, anniversary, or class reunion, to give their skin a little extra glow. Some of the common indications for treatment include:
- Early aging lines (wrinkles)
- Sun damaged (photodamaged) skin
- Revitalize dull skin, improve skin health
- Hyper-pigmentation (brown age spots)
- Acne scars
- Enlarged pores
- Uneven skin texture
- Surgical scars
- Melasma (irregular brown patches)
4. Is Microdermabrasion safe? Is it painful? What are the side effects?
The treatment is quite painless and safe. Possible side effects include mild redness that, as mentioned above, typically lasts for less than an hour after treatment. It is possible that the skin could remain red for a day or two, but this is rare.
Additionally, small petechiae (tiny broken blood vessels) rarely occur in the skin as the result of the suction, however these resolve quickly for most patients.
It is advisable to avoid direct sun exposure and wear sunscreen twice daily for several days after your treatment to avoid prolonged redness or pigment changes.
5. How will my skin look after treatment?
Immediately after the first treatment, your skin will appear smoother and have a vibrant glow. Other conditions such as acne scars and hyperpigmentation will improve gradually over a series of microdermabrasion treatments. When performed as a series, we typically recommend 4-6 treatments, spaced out by 10-14 days between sessions.
A home skin-care regimen is important to follow post-treatment, which Dr. Mehta and our medical assistant, Nadine, will discuss with you in detail.
6. How do I find out if microdermabrasion is right for me?
If you would like to learn more about microdermabrasion or to schedule your complimentary consultation, please call or contact us.