Microdermabrasion is a common skin rejuvenation procedure that offers great results for the skin with minimal to no downtime. This treatment helps turn back the hands of time on the skin, where the sun, aging, weather, smoke, and smog have created toxins on the skin, creating cell damage. Microdermabrasion, offered by Ashburn cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Mountcastle, safely removes the outermost layers of damaged skin to reveal a fresh healthy layer. This procedure uses an exfoliation process, and in some cases a gentle scraping tool, to assist with the skin removal. Microdermabrasion also stimulates the skin’s collagen production. Collagen is essential for creating a softer, youthful look. Most patients leave our office feeling as if their skin is glowing and silky smooth after a microdermabrasion treatment.
"Loved the new microdermabrasion option. Very pleased with the results after even one visit. Would love to see some more options for nonsurgical neck rejuvenation."- E. / SmileReminder / Jul 19, 2014
"This review is for the IPL-BBL treatment for age spots. In past years, I have wasted many thousands of dollars on IPL (non-BBL), microdermabrasions, chemical peels, facials, and products to treat dark spots that started showing up in my mid-fifties. IPL-BBL from Mountcastle is the only one that has made a huge improvement for me. After treatment, many of the spots turned almost black before they healed, and I was warned that this would happen. After my first treatment, it took about a week to completely heal and see the full results, and they were amazing. I had one blotch that was so deep it felt leathery. Although the blotch still exists, it is lighter and smaller and no longer feels or looks like leather. I purchased four treatments and I had my second treatment yesterday. I can see many spots turning dark now, so I know they will heal and look better next week. Many of the spots on my face have completely disappeared. I don't expect to be spot-free after this second treatment, but I am getting there. If all continues to go as remarkably as I expect, I plan on doing my hands next. Ragan was my aesthetist. She is excellent. She answered all my questions and she suggested some products to use at home. She used an IPL machine that has a cooling feature, a real plus. I felt a hot snap and an instant cooling at each spot. It wasn't painful enough to make me jump and it's well worth the results. I have one minor complaint: They don't always answer the phone or return calls promptly."- M.M. / Yelp / Mar 08, 2017
Before the procedure, the Aesthetician will ask about any skin conditions the patient may have (such as eczema and rosacea) or any medications that may make the patient’s skin sensitive (such as Retin-A). The Aesthetician will also ensure that the patient has no opens wounds of sores that could be irritated or infected by the microdermabrasion. Once the patient’s face has been cleansed and prepared, the microdermabrasion treatment can take from 30 – 60 minutes to complete. The Aesthetician will carefully use the microdermabrasion equipment to polish the skin while suctioning away the dead skin cells.
What To Except
Patients should not expect pain and swelling after a microdermabrasion treatment. They can expect some slight pinkness of the skin, and but there is generally no pain.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $125 - $300
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 - 60 Minutes
Microdermabrasion vs. Peels?
Chemical peels vary in strength from light peels, which have results similar to microdermabrasion to deep peels for more intense results. Recovery usually takes 7 – 8 days for a deep peel. During the recovery the patient will need to apply ointment and the Aesthetician may bandage the face after the treatment. Chemical peels can last from a few months for a light peel to years for a deep peel.
Sandblasting The Face?
While early versions of microdermabrasion were essentially like running a sandblaster over the face, leaving particles behind, modern microdermabrasion uses tools that give the technician more control. Current microdermabrasion treatments gently loosen and remove dead skin cells, which are then vacuumed away for smooth, polished skin.
After Care Tips?
Patients should be vigilant about using sun protection, especially for the first week after their microdermabrasion procedure. Patients should speak to the Aesthetician after their treatment about the best skin care products to maintain their results. Once the dead skin cells are removed, products are better able to penetrate and treat the skin. Patients should drink plenty of water before and after the procedure to keep the skin well hydrated.