When you touch your face, does your complexion feel smooth and soft or rough, like sandpaper? If it is rough, the top skin layer may be cluttered with dead skin cells that are making your complexion uneven and dull. At Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion performs medical spa services, like nonsurgical skin resurfacing using microdermabrasion. A fast and effective treatment, microdermabrasion removes the outer layer of damaged skin so that your face is healthier and brighter. This procedure may be performed on its own or along with a complementary cosmetic treatment, such as a chemical peel or dermal filler, for greater results. At your initial consultation, Dr. Couvillion will create a unique treatment plan for your specific skin concerns and cosmetic goals.
Microdermabrasion Ideal Candidates
Microdermabrasion treatments may improve the appearance of blemishes on the skin's surface, including uneven texture, fine lines, dull skin tone, scars, sun damage, and clogged pores. It is safe for people of every skin type and tone that would like clearer, healthier skin. These treatments are most often used on the face, but it may also benefit your chest, neck, and hands. This procedure shouldn't be used on skin with an open wound or a chronic skin condition, such as rosacea or acne.
Microdermabrasion Procedure Technique
Microdermabrasion is performed at our office following a consultation to decide what procedures will provide the best results. During the treatment, you will be asked to relax in a treatment chair as your face is cleaned and prepared. The microdermabrasion handpiece will pass over your skin as the tool both exfoliates and sucks up the crystals and dead skin. Although the process may feel odd, it should not be uncomfortable so you shouldn't need a local anesthetic or numbing cream. The microdermabrasion treatment will be performed evenly in the chosen areas but with extra care and sensitivity around the eyes. Once the process is complete, your skin will be cleaned to get rid of any residue before a moisturizer, chosen for your skin's needs with sun protection, is massaged into the skin.
What to Expect with Microdermabrasion
Following your microdermabrasion treatment, you may resume your regular activities, but you need to apply some form of sun protection since your baby-like skin will be susceptible to sun damage. The treated areas will feel softer and the tone should be brighter. To maintain your results, Dr. Couvillion suggests getting a microdermabrasion treatment once every 4 – 6 weeks. Many patients at Luminary Plastic Surgery feel that after microdermabrasion treatments, their home skin care products (particularly lotions and creams) soak easily into the skin for more effective results.
Microdermabrasion Frequently Asked Questions
How much does microdermabrasion cost?
The price for microdermabrasion treatments can be talked about in your first appointment. After you discuss your needs and we assess your complexion, your personal microdermabrasion treatment plan can be made. Luminary Plastic Surgery often has specials on skin treatments, including microdermabrasion, and discounts if you buy a package with several sessions.
Should I get microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, or a chemical peel?
Based on your concerns and aesthetic goals, Dr. Couvillion will help you decide if microdermabrasion, a chemical peel, or dermabrasion is the right procedure. In a nutshell, microdermabrasion clears away the outer layer of damaged and dead skin cells to make your complexion look smoother and healthier. You can get these same results from a light chemical peel. A stronger chemical peel or dermabrasion can help if your concerns are deeper. Recovery time might also help you decide which procedure you prefer because microdermabrasion causes minimal downtime.
How often should I get microdermabrasion treatments?
To start, you may need anywhere from 5 – 12 microdermabrasion sessions scheduled about 2 – 4 weeks apart to rejuvenate your complexion. After that, you may move to appointments every 1 – 2 months to maintain the health of your skin. In your initial consultation, we can create a treatment plan with suggestions for your skin's goals that plan out when you need to schedule your next appointment.
How should I care for my skin after a microdermabrasion treatment?
Following your microdermabrasion treatment, you are encouraged to limit your activity for the rest of the day to give your skin time to rest and heal. You need to avoid direct exposure to UV rays (tanning beds and natural sunlight) and shield your complexion with sunscreen. To minimize swelling and redness following the procedure, Dr. Couvillion might suggest a special serum or other skin product.
Can I combine microdermabrasion with other treatments?
You may consider combining microdermabrasion with another procedure since it is a surface skin treatment. You may get microdermabrasion along with an injectable (BOTOX or Juvéderm) or as part of a facial. Please be open about all your aesthetic problems in your initial consultation so Dr. Couvillion is able to create a treatment plan that reaches all your cosmetic goals.
Smoother Surfaces Ahead
Get your healthiest, brightest complexion with noninvasive microdermabrasion treatments at Luminary Plastic Surgery. Make a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion to learn more about the benefits of microdermabrasion or other skin treatments at our Houston, TX office.