If you suffer from scars, blemishes, sun spots, and other damage to your facial skin, you are not alone. Millions of people in New York struggle with imperfect skin, which drastically affects their self esteem. Unlike other areas of the body that can be covered up, the face is not something you can hide. Luckily, anyone suffering from minor skin imperfections has the chance to attain softer, smoother skin through a cosmetic procedure called Microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is a relatively new and unique cosmetic treatment that evolved from the surgical Dermabrasion procedure. Unlike Dermabrasion, however, this procedure is non-surgical, painless, and does not require the use of anesthetic. Microdermabrasion has become increasingly popular in New York for both women and men. Patients can enjoy smoother, softer skin following the treatment without any downtime. New York cosmetic surgeon, Dr. David Shafer, uses a special mechanical device that gently exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin, known as the epidermis. The procedure is divided in two parts: an exfoliating material, such as crystals or diamond flakes, is used to buff away dead skin on the epidermis. Then, a suction device gently lifts up the cells to reveal new, healthy and glowing skin. The treatment lasts around 30 minutes and patients can resume normal activities right away.

Microdermabrasion was first developed in Italy in 1985 and since then, has become one of the preferred skin care procedures in New York. It can help diminish the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, acne blemishes, and shallow scars. The treatment can also enhance skin penetration abilities by skin care creams and serums by removing the outermost layer of the epidermis – the stratum corneum. New York Microdermabrasion patients who enjoy self tanning will also experience better results after the dead skin cells are gone. Makeup will also go on more smoothly and will blend into the skin better.

One of the largest benefits of New York Microdermabrasion is that there is no downtime involved with the procedure. Since only the outermost layer of the skin is treated, no surgery is needed, nor is anesthesia required. Some minor redness may be visible on the areas that are treated, but this will go away between an hour to two days following the procedure. Some New York Microdermabrasion patients may also experience temporary and mild dryness, sun sensitivity, and rarely temporary bruising on the area that was treated, which also dissipates in two days or less.

Everyone’s skin is different, so it is important to consult with Dr. Shafer to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Anyone suffering from skin conditions or other medical conditions, including Psoriasis, Rosacea, skin lesions, widespread acne, Dermatitis, Lupus, Diabetes, warts, or anyone taking anti-coagulants should not undergo Microdermabrasion. As an experienced New York plastic surgeon, Dr. David Shafer will let you know if you are an ideal candidate for the treatment or not. If Microdermabrasion is not for you, Dr. Shafer will recommend other New York customized skin care solutions that will suit you better. Call today to schedule a consultation to reveal smoother, healthier and glowing skin.