What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that targets the upper layers of the skin. When you book an appointment with our Englewood, CO practice, a specialist will gently exfoliate your skin. The process removes the outermost layer to promote skin regeneration. When it comes to acne scars, you may need several microdermabrasion sessions to see positive results, depending on the size and depth of the acne scarring.
Microdermabrasion for Acne Scars
Collagen fibers have many functions in the body. They are active in skin repairs for tears and wounds. But they also keep your skin firm and smooth. The combination of aging and extreme pressures on the skin self-healing process can lead to the formation of acne scars. The collagen fibers break down and are slow to regenerate themselves. As a direct consequence, an acne outbreak can lead to rough areas where the skin is uneven.
By exfoliating on the surface, the microdermabrasion procedure can loosen the damaged skin cells inside and around the scar. This stimulates collagen production, which means that your skin can repair itself again. Additionally, it clears away dead skin cells and debris that could affect the healing process and contribute to the apparition of further acne scars.
The gentle procedure is most suitable for small acne scarring. We also recommend microdermabrasion to individuals who are worried about invasive treatments or don’t qualify for laser skin resurfacing treatments.
Other Treatments for Acne Scars
Severe acne scars do not respond effectively to microdermabrasion. Thankfully, Dr. Verebelyi, a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine, can provide an alternative treatment. PDT, or Photodynamic Therapy, is designed to combine a medical-grade light source with photosensitizing medication – Levulan – and oxygen, to destroy damaged or abnormal acne cells. Due to the nature of the treatment, we recommend PDT for existing extensive acne scarring and individuals who are prone to scarring.
Other Benefits of Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion remains an effective skin procedure for a variety of skin complaints that can be treated by removing the outermost skin layers and boosting collagen production: Stretch marks, wrinkles, etc.
The exfoliation procedure is also highly effective to achieve a glowing, healthy, and smooth completion, which can even out your skin tone.
But more importantly, it is a rapid treatment that doesn’t require any recovery time, making it ideal for clients who don’t want anesthesia or prolonged downtime.