People with dermatological issues such as blemishes, acne and discoloration caused by the sun may struggle with reduced self-esteem and feel awkward in social situations. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. Residents of Nashville can benefit from microdermabrasion facials provided by an aesthetician at the practice of Dr. Michael Hueneke, a board-certified plastic surgeon.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a facial treatment that removes blemishes, dead skin cells, whiteheads, blackheads and pore debris. It also minimizes the appearance of fine lines and does an excellent job of exfoliating your face. The procedure is painless, and most patients are pleased with the way their skin glows afterward. Numerous celebrities undergo microdermabrasion treatment before showing up at red-carpet events because of how well it improves their skin’s appearance with just one treatment. Furthermore, because it doesn’t involve surgery, and there is no downtime.
Benefits of Microdermabrasion
Also called microderm for short, microdermabrasion is among the simplest and most effective anti-aging procedures available. Here are some of the benefits you can experience:
- Superior exfoliation
- No recovery period
- Can be done during a lunch break
- Tightens skin
- Shrinks pores
- Minimizes fine lines
- Deep-cleans the skin
What Is the Procedure Used For?
Anyone who desires a great-looking face, chest and neck can benefit from microdermabrasion, whether they’re a man or woman. The biggest advantage of microdermabrasion is that it exfoliates thoroughly yet does not result in peeling or redness the way harsher methods such as laser or chemical peels can. Microdermabrasion is gentle on your skin but still provides excellent results. With routine visits, you can take years off of your appearance.
How Is Microdermabrasion Performed?
Microdermabrasion works by utilizing crushed diamonds, which are then moved over your skin using a specialized wand-like device. This instrument performs two functions: First, it applies the crushed diamonds to your skin, then it vacuums them up along with the dead skin cells and other debris. Your aesthetician will move the device over your skin one section at a time to ensure that no spot is missed, including the areas around your eyes and mouth. Microdermabrasion treatments normally last around 45 minutes to one hour. Afterward, your aesthetician will apply fruit extracts, antioxidant serums, and other products to your skin to help you look amazing.
How Is Your Skin Treated?
Your head will first be covered with a towel to prevent diamond particles and skin products from getting into your hair. Next, your skin is steamed gently and prepared by applying gentle makeup remover alongside a nutrient-infused water. Your aesthetician may ask you whether the wand’s intensity is comfortable for you as it can be adjusted to your preferences. Some people prefer it at the highest setting for optimal exfoliation. Others prefer a gentler setting because it’s more relaxing, or they have sensitive skin.
Preparing for Microdermabrasion
No preparation on your part is necessary before your microdermabrasion treatment. Your aesthetician will remove any makeup you’re wearing prior to the procedure. The only thing you’ll likely have to do is take off any necklaces or piercings to ensure that they don’t get in the way.
With microdermabrasion, you’ll be able to walk out of our office and back into your everyday life with renewed confidence. After your procedure, your aesthetician will apply a light, possibly tinted sunblock to your skin. This is because the high degree of exfoliation leaves your skin more susceptible to sunburn and sun damage immediately afterward. However, it’s recommended that you apply sunblock daily or use makeup that contains it in order to prevent skin damage.
How Long Should I Wait Between Treatments?
Dr. Hueneke recommends waiting at least two weeks between microdermabrasion sessions during your initial treatment phase. After that, you may desire monthly or bi-monthly treatments to help you maintain your new look.
How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost?
Because insurance providers consider microdermabrasion to be elective, most policies will not cover it. To make the procedure as affordable and accessible as possible, Dr. Hueneke gladly accepts personal checks, cash and credit cards. Furthermore, financing is available through CareCredit®, American Healthcare Lending® and Medical Financing for skin rejuvenation treatments. If you have any questions about the price of your microdermabrasion facial, please contact our financial consultant to learn more about your options.
Is Microdermabrasion Right for Me?
Microdermabrasion is suitable for nearly anyone. The only exceptions are people who have skin disorders such as psoriasis or Lupus. If you experience recurrent cold sores, be sure to notify your aesthetician prior to treatment so the affected areas can be avoided, even if you have no currently active sores. The intense exfoliation can irritate the area and encourage a cold sore to develop. If you’re extremely prone to developing cold sores, it’s recommended to get a prescription cold sore preventative, such as Valtrex, from your doctor a few days prior to your scheduled treatment.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
Dr. Hueneke will go over your medical history to help him decide if microdermabrasion is suitable for you. He will also determine your skin type, describe the microdermabrasion process and tell you what you what kind of results you can expect from the treatment. The more Dr. Hueneke knows about your skin’s history, the better he will be able to serve you.
Dr. Michael Hueneke offers microdermabrasion and skin rejuvenation to patients across Tennessee including: Nashville, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Lebanon. If you would like to correct minor imperfections through a microdermabrasion treatment, contact Plastic Surgery Affiliates today. Contact Dr. Michael Hueneke today to schedule your free consultation!