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Marsha E. Gorens, M.D.
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Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion Chicago How Medical Microdermabrasion Works
Microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin in an effective and controlled manner. It is a gentle way of making real improvements without having down time. When performed in conjunction with a topical chemical acid treatment, the effects, as well as the long term benefits, are much increased.

A medical microdermabrasion treatment helps improve hyperpigmentation, mild scarring, fine lines, pore size and aids in resurface aging/sun damaged skin. The corneocyte cohesion reduces, and the stratum corneum becomes compact and organized. The treatment allows some of the dryness associated with maturing skin to be controlled by removing dry, dead cells while providing additional smoothness. Reducing the thickness of the corneum and abnormal cell development will help increase normal cell turnover, allowing patients to enjoy smoother, more youthful skin. When the epidermis does not function properly the melanin pigment cannot be shed in its usual organized manner. A regular medical-micro treatment helps to regulate pigment.

The types of results that may be expected with a medical-micro are that acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and fine lines will be erased or will significantly improve in appearance. Active acne, both moderate and severe can be controlled as well with a medical-micro and proper, diligent home care and maintenance. On anti-aging patients there may be a noticeable difference as soon as the first treatment: skin will be smoother, softer, and feel tighter, and any scarring and hyperpigmentation will be slightly diminished. More dramatic results will become more obvious as the treatment series continues.

The average length of and initial series is 6 treatments. It is ideal to have a treatment every 1-2 weeks. However, since treatment results vary for individuals, some may need a longer series to achieve desired results.

The skincare technician should recommend a complete maintenance program, including medica-micro treatments and an at-home skincare regimen. After the initial series of treatments, set up a maintenance schedule, ideally having a treatment every 1-2 weeks (acne patients should come in every week until the skin is clear). Variation in schedule can be based on many factors, all of which need to be taken into consideration when suggesting a maintenance program.
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