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Microdermabrasion De-Mystified

Microdermabrasion De-Mystified

MicrodermabrasionIf tighter, smoother facial skin is on your “beauty” wish-list but you are a bit timid about injections or invasive surgical procedures, a Microdermabrasion treatment may be right for you.

Exactly what is Microdermabrasion?
To break it down, micro means very small or tiny; derm has to do with the skin (as in “dermatologist”); to abrade means to wear down or rub away (like sandpaper). Added together, we find Microdermabrasion defined as “a cosmetic procedure in which rough facial skin is removed by the application of a fine abrasive.”

During a Microdermabrasion procedure, the very thin, top layer of your facial skin (the epidermis) is abraded with a high-pressure spray of tiny crystals which are then vacuumed away. The procedure diminishes the appearance of fine line, wrinkles, discoloration, scars and other blemishes. Microdermabrasion removes dead skin, uncovering a smoother, glowing, more youthful surface. The beauty of microdermabrasion is that your body recognizes the damage done to the epidermis, and it quickly works to replace the lost skin cells with new, healthier cells. Microdermabrasion is designed to treat only the epidermis. The tiny crystals do not affect your lower skin layer, the dermis.

What are the benefits of Microdermabrasion?
The benefits of Microdermabrasion are very similar to those of chemical peels. Skin discoloration is removed, as well as many signs of aging, scars and sun damage. Your skin will look and feel smoother and softer. Additionally, your skin-care products will be more effective following Microdermabrasion, as your new skin is more receptive to topical treatments.

We look forward to meeting you and explaining the effects of a Microdermabrasion treatment at the Center for Plastic Surgery. The procedure is done as an outpatient procedure in our office, with literally no down time.

Call today, to schedule an appointment: (828) 526-3783.

Acne – It’s Causes and Treatment Options

acne treatmentAcne, especially adult acne, is common. Adolescents suffer, that is true, but an increasing number of our older patients visit us to discuss their acne flare-ups. Good hygiene, healthy eating and staying hydrated are all important considerations in the fight against acne. But sometimes, even these things don’t seem to help.

If you are dealing with acne, read on to learn its primary causes.

  • Bacteria. Your facial skin has thousands of pores that act as traps for acne-loving germs and bacteria. Your hands also carry all sorts of strange and nasty bacteria which are transferred to your face when you touch or pick at your skin. Face-touching may be unconscious and may occur when you are relaxing, at work, or when you are sleeping. In any case, it adds unwanted, unhealthy bacteria to your facial skin, causing your existing acne to become worse and more resistant to treatment.
  • Oil. Your skin needs the oil which is produced by your follicles to stay moist, bright and youthful looking. But when too much oil is produced, your risk of acne increases. Hormonal changes bring excessive oil production. That’s why so many adolescents going through puberty suffer from acne. Many adults also deal with hormonal imbalances. Women are especially susceptible during and after menopause.
  • Clogged Pores. The purpose of your pores is to move sweat and oil from the gland where it is produced to the skin surface. But your pores can easily become obstructed by dry, dead skin cells, and when that happens, acne can be a result. One of the surest ways to combat this acne trigger is to keep your face clean with a morning and night skin care routine which includes a mild exfoliant. Don’t ever go to bed without removing your pore-clogging make up.

The take-away: Acne can be treated. We offer laser and light procedures, chemical peels, skin care and microdermabrasion, all of which are helpful in addressing acne and it’s scars. We invite you to call to schedule an appointment, today: (828) 526-3783.

Getting Rid of Acne With Microdermabrasion

Acne, it’s a word that can bring up so much frustration for most people – something we all had to deal with in our teens, and for many of us, still struggle with. For many people, using a simple or even prescription strength cleanser and dream will take care of the problem, and it will clear up in a few weeks. But when you’re dealing with stubborn acne that will not go away, it can be difficult to live with! Not only is acne unsightly, it can be painful or itchy, and even give others a bad first impression of you in your job or life. One of the best treatments that became popular years ago, and is now used regularly is microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion uses a tiny wand that dispenses crystals onto your skin, exfoliating it in the process. The pieces are then picked up with the microdermabrasion tiik, taking up dead skin cells and pore-blocking oils with them. This not only gets rid of the cause of the acne, it also takes away the tip layer of skin to reveal new, glossy skin which stimulates the skin renewal process.

This skin renewal process is responsible for giving you the clear skin you’re after. It refreshes the skin, always revealing a new layer, getting rid of pore cloggers naturally. When this process is sped up by microdermabrasion, you’ll notice clearer skin even between treatments.

The procedure however is not always for everyone – just like all procedures. If your acne is inflamed or you have very sensitive skin, microdermabrasion may not be for you. At the Center for Plastic Surgery in North Carolina we will discuss with you whether you’ll benefit from it. If not, we will recommend our other procedures and skin treatments that could help your skin look amazing! Either way, you can trust your skin to us. Our years of experience thanks to Dr Buchanan, paired with our always professional and caring staff will help you feel at ease, and give you beautiful, makeup-free skin!