Though our skin cells constantly replenish themselves, replacing old with young in a lifelong cycle of renewal, the outermost layer represents the final stages of this process. The skin we see on our face and all over our body bears telltale signs of aging, as well as sun damage, acne, spots, and more. Microdermabrasion at the Charleston, SC, area's Germain Dermatology gently removes that worn-out layer of skin, exposing a smooth, younger layer.
Microdermabrasion is also an excellent way to ensure maximum infusion of serums since the fresh skin is primed to deeply absorb topical agents. Together, the exfoliation and infusion performed in microdermabrasion provide revitalization that can make you look more youthful and refreshed.
Many patients are surprised to learn all of the conditions and problems microdermabrasion can help to reduce or resolve, including:
The Germain Dermatology team will assess your face and determine whether the minimally invasive microdermabrasion technique is appropriate for you.
The microdermabrasion process uses a diamond-tipped wand to remove the outermost layer of skin, but exfoliation is only one part of the treatment.
DiamondGlow™ is an advanced skin resurfacing procedure that uses highly efficient, three-in-one technology to exfoliate, extract, and nourish the skin at the same time. It can be applied to the face, including the sensitive areas around the eyes and on the lips, as well as the body—with virtually no recovery time needed.
The versatile DiamondGlow™ microdermabrasion device can be customized with different diamond tips and serums designed for various skin types. It allows for a high level of precision and control.
Once dead cells and debris have been loosened, the material is suctioned off of the surface, and SkinMedica® Pro-Infusion Serums are applied to address specific conditions. The removal of blockages like dirt and dead skin allows these serums to better penetrate and be absorbed by the free pores. Patients are likely to notice a brighter, more radiant complexion right after a single session, as well as continued improvement with each additional procedure.
Chemical peels accomplish similar results as microdermabrasion, given that they also involve removing the outermost layers of skin. Instead of mechanical exfoliation, peels use solutions of varying strengths applied directly to the face and allowed to sit. The old skin soon peels away on its own, giving new skin time in the spotlight.
Microneedling is also frequently chosen for skin rejuvenation. As opposed to removing skin, this treatment creates a series of incredibly small pinprick channels that trigger natural healing processes and the development of collagen. Platelet-rich plasma, derived from a patient's own blood, can further improve results.
A patient's treatments at Germain Dermatology depend entirely on her or his individual situation, skin condition, and aesthetic goals.