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Can Microdermabrasion Remove Scars?

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Acne scars are a common skin complaint, and as we grow older, we may become more aware of their presence. These leftover marks from previous breakouts can become more apparent when your skin loses collagen, the protein fibres that repair body tissues and keep skin supple. 

You may have heard about the rejuvenating effects of microdermabrasion, and wonder if this treatment is an option for improving the appearance of your acne scars. 

Microdermabrasion is a gentle, non-invasive cosmetic procedure that resurfaces the skin through a deep exfoliation process, removing dead skin cells, debris, and excess oils. This process helps improve skin texture, aid with discolouration, and reduce the appearance of blemishes. 

Microdermabrasion works best for uneven skin texture, and can treat certain types of superficial acne scars. We recommend discussing your specific skin concerns with a professional who can guide you towards your desired outcome. 

If you are searching for the perfect treatment for your acne scars, book a consultation with the experts at Iconic Beauty Aesthetics for a professional recommendation. 

We’ll determine what procedure will work best with your skin, and work hard to ensure you feel confident and comfortable with your complexion. 

Treating Scars With Microdermabrasion

Scars develop when the skin’s healing process is disrupted, and collagen production is lost or destroyed.

Microdermabrasion uses exfoliation to buff away the thin topmost layer of skin, triggering a wound healing response and increasing collagen production to the area. Freshly produced collagen fills and smooth scarred areas, while resurfacing the skin.

There are many types of scars, and microdermabrasion treatment is typically only effective for scars closer to the skin’s surface.

Microdermabrasion can treat certain types of acne scars, typically depressed scars that are flat against the skin. Scars that are very shallowly indented may also benefit from this treatment. 

Anything that extends beyond the middle layers of your skin cannot be treated effectively, so raised scars or scars that sit deeper in the skin may not see any improvement after microdermabrasion. Although, it’s essential to note that the exfoliation process may still help smooth out the scar’s edges to reduce visibility. 

Patients with deeper scars may receive more noticeable results from microneedling (collagen induction therapy) or laser resurfacing, in conjunction with microdermabrasion. 

Man receiving microdermabrasion treatment

The Procedure

Microdermabrasion is a simple procedure that involves very little prep work on the patient’s part. The process is gentle, and does not require an anesthetic. You can arrive at your appointment with or without make-up, and the treatment will generally start right away. 

A specialized device is used to exfoliate your skin deeply. You may feel a slight scratching, mild suctioning, or a massaging sensation during the procedure. A typical session will last about 30 minutes, and it may take more than one procedure to achieve your desired results. 

There are few side effects associated with microdermabrasion, but after treatment, patients should: 

  • Wear sunscreen: Microdermabrasion can make skin more susceptible to UV rays, sun-related scarring, and burns. (Pssst… You should be wearing sunscreen every day, whether you’re receiving microdermabrasion treatments or not!) 
  • Watch for hyperpigmentation: People with sensitive or darker skin may develop spots on the skin. 
  • Watch for irritation: Contact your provider if your skin feels irritated or uncomfortable.

Your recovery time from a microdermabrasion treatment should be quick! Most patients resume their daily activities immediately following the procedure. 

Speak to a professional to determine your candidacy for microdermabrasion, and discuss your treatment goals.

The Benefits of Hydrafacials

Often touted as a refreshing multi-step treatment, hydrafacial procedures are quickly becoming a popular option for skin rejuvenation. These treatments can help improve the appearance of: 

  • Sun damage
  • Signs of aging
  • Enlarged pores
  • Clogged pores
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Dark spots
  • Dry skin
  • Mild acne
  • Dead skin cells

Like microdermabrasion, hydrafacials painlessly exfoliate the skin, stimulating collagen production, and removing unwanted particles from its surface. In addition, hydrafacials offer: 

  • Blackhead extractions
  • Personalized, infused serums
  • Implanted antioxidants
  • Soothed, moisturized skin

Hydrafacials are non-invasive, and require little-to-no recovery time. Life can carry on after your procedure! Some patients may experience minor tightness or redness, but these symptoms typically last less than an hour.

At Iconic Beauty Aesthetics, we offer a specialized microdermabrasion/hydrafacial procedure called Bela MD

During this treatment, the surface layer of the skin is exfoliated and extracted, the face and neck are stimulated for lifting and toning effect, and your face is left feeling hydrated, improved, and infused with powerful healing ingredients. 

Contact our knowledgeable team for more details about our incredible Bela MD experience!

Will Microdermabrasion Give Me The Skin I Want?

If you’re looking for treatment options for shallow acne scars, microdermabrasion procedures are certainly an option, but they may not work for every patient. We recommend booking an appointment with a trusted professional to determine if this is the proper treatment for your skin. 

At Iconic Beauty Esthetics, we offer complimentary consultations and can help you decide the best course of action. We’ll examine your scars, look closely at your skin tone, answer all your questions, and get you on the right path to healthier, glowing skin. Our goal is to help patients feel more confident and happy with themselves. Call us today for more information about microdermabrasion, microneedling, hydrafacials, and scarring. We’re always ready to help!

Written by Sarah Noble

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