Microdermabrasion Acne Scars
Acne scars can be difficult to treat because not all scars respond to fading creams. Fortunately, there is a method that can help get rid of acne scars with just a few treatments. This method is known as microdermabrasion. However, this acne scar treatment is not for everyone. It is important that you learn more about the pros and cons of microdermabrasion acne scars.
Dermabrasion or Microdermabrasion?
Before you decide you want to try this type of treatment for your acne scars you need to understand the difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion. Dermabrasion is also known as surgical skin planing. During this procedure, the skin is frozen and a special instrument is then used to sand away the top layer of skin. The new skin that forms in place of the damaged skin most generally has a smoother appearance. This procedure is only performed by a dermatologic surgeon or plastic surgeon.
Microdermabrasion for acne scars is sometimes called a power peel. It is best used for mild acne scars. Microdermabrasion removes the dead skin cells found on the outer layer of skin. It does not go as deep as dermabrasion. Microdermabrasion can be performed by a dermatologist or by a nurse or a trained aesthetician. Both dermabrasion and microdermabrasion can be performed in the healthcare professional’s office.
What is it Like to Get a Microdermabrasion Treatment?
If you have decided you want to try microdermabrasion for acne scars, then it is a good idea to understand what the procedure is like before you go through it. There are essentially three kinds of microdermabrasion treatments that are used.
One type of treatment will consist of a hand-held device that streams tiny crystals across your skin. This device also has a vacuum that will simultaneously vacuum the crystals off your skin along with the dead skin cells. The second type of microdermabrasion uses a diamond-tipped wand1 that is moved across the skin to exfoliate the top layer. The third type is a microdermabrasion cream that mimics the above two treatments but by using a cream.
As mentioned before, microdermabrasion is mostly used for mild acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles. The purpose of this treatment is to remove the dead layer of skin and rejuvenate new, smoother skin.
The Pros and Cons of Microdermabrasion
Before you commit to this type of acne scar treatment it is a good idea to be aware of the pros and cons. When you are able to weigh the good points of the treatment against the bad points of the treatment, it will be easier to determine if microdermabrasion acne scars treatment is right for you.
The Pros of Microdermabrasion
- Unlike chemical peels for acne scars, it is a non-surgical procedure that uses no chemicals. It can be performed at a cosmetic center, spa or in a dermatology clinic.
- It will stimulate collagen production, which will help rejuvenate new skin.
- A microdermabrasion treatment only lasts for about 20 to 30 minutes. You can usually return to your normal activities as soon as the treatment is finished.
- Microdermabrasion is painless for most individuals. In fact, many people say it feels like a facial massage.
The Cons of Microdermabrasion
- Microdermabrasion for acne scars will cost between $75 to $200 per treatment session. This price will depend upon the facility.
- You may encounter additional hidden cost such as special gels or creams that are needed before and after the treatment.
- You will need several microdermabrasion treatments before you see a significant difference in the appearance of your acne scars. Most dermatologists recommend at least 6 to 10 treatments, two weeks apart. You may also need to continue with a maintenance treatment every 2 to 3 months.
- The skin may be pink and feel very dry and tight for approximately 24 hours after the treatments. You will probably need to use a moisturizer.
- There is a small risk of the crystals used in the microdermabrasion treatment getting into your eyes and causing irritation.
- You must avoid sun exposure for a few days after a microdermabrasion treatment.
Microdermabrasion acne scars treatments are not for everyone. Individuals who have diabetes, auto-immune disorders, dermatitis, psoriasis, or active weeping acne lesions should not have this procedure. If you have underlying health conditions, it is best that you talk with your doctor about microdermabrasion before you begin treatments.