We all want fresh, radiant skin—but all too often, at-home skincare methods leave us feeling disappointed. Sure, topical treatments might give us a brief glow, but it quickly fades. Meanwhile, fine lines, age spots, acne scars, and other imperfections remain stubbornly in place.

There’s a reason for this: In order for a skin rejuvenation procedure or product to be effective, it has to accomplish two things: First, it must remove built up dead skin cells, oil, and other debris, thereby allowing skin to “breathe” and effectively regenerate. Second, it must stimulate the production of collagen and elastin—two skin-firming compounds that we tend to lose with age—by removing the top layer of the dermis and stimulating the body’s “healing response.” Few at-home skin treatments are capable of doing the aforementioned, which is why so many people are turning to microdermabrasion.

What is Microdermabrasion, and How Does it Work?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that relies on the use of super-fine diamond crystals to gently abrade the skin, releasing dead skin cells and unclogging pores. While this abrasive action is occurring, Dr. Gilpin will also apply a suction tool to your face in order to whisk away removed debris.

Because microdermabrasion removes the uppermost layer of the patient’s skin, it can minimize the appearance of many surface blemishes. Fine lines, areas of discoloration, uneven skin, age spots and other signs of sun damage, enlarged pores, blackheads, and acne scars can all be improved with the use of microdermabrasion.

What Advantages Does Microdermabrasion Have Over Other Skin Rejuvenation Procedures?

Many patients prefer microdermabrasion to laser treatments and chemical peels because it is safer and completely hypoallergenic. Microdermabrasion is associated with less redness, swelling, and pain than other skin rejuvenation procedures, making it ideal for those with a low pain threshold or particularly delicate skin. Furthermore, microdermabrasion can be used on dark skin without there being any risk of skin lightening.

Who Makes a Good Microdermabrasion Candidate?

People of all ages and all skin types can have microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is suitable for patients with sensitive skin and it may be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women. The only people who cannot have this procedure are those with severe acne, those with an open wound on the area they wish treated, and those with active infections. Additionally, if you have a compromised immune system or a bleeding disorder you may not be a good candidate for this procedure. If this is the case, talk to your doctor before booking a consultation.

Microdermabrasion is not associated with any serious side effects; most patients notice a soft rosy glow after each appointment, but this soon fades. You will, however, have to take extra care to protect your skin from sunlight after having this procedure as it will be more susceptible to sun damage. Wear a hat and apply a sunscreen with a high SPF value, even if it’s cloudy or raining.

How Long Does Microdermabrasion Take?

For best results, you will need to have more than one microdermabrasion appointment. Most people can expect to have at least six half hour appointments. However, those with more extensive cosmetic issues, such as extensive acne scarring or numerous facial lines, may require eight or more appointments. We may also recommend complementary treatments, like dermal fillers, to help fill in pitted scars and deep lines.

Where Can I Get Microdermabrasion?

Most people choose to get microdermabrasion on their face, but the gentle nature of this procedure makes it suitable for use virtually anywhere on the body. If you want to get rid of the signs of aging and sun damage on your hands and arms, for example, then you can absolutely use this treatment to do so.

Book a Microdermabrasion Consultation

Microdermabrasion is proof that good skincare doesn’t have to be painful, complicated, or risky. By working with the body’s natural healing response, this treatment can dramatically reduce the number of imperfections in your skin. It can also make your skin feel firmer and more supple owing to the surges of collagen that the body will produce after each appointment. If you want to learn more about how microdermabrasion can help you combat the early signs of aging and improve your overall skin tone, contact our Nashville plastic surgery office today.