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 absorb topical agents. Together, the exfoliation and infusion 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 microdermabrasion 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.
A SilkPeel® Dermalinfusion session has three parts: exfoliating dead and unwanted skin, clearing out pores with gentle suction, and infusing the area with beneficial topical solutions. This clinically proven treatment is available for all skin types and offers immediate results with no downtime. A single session lasts 40 minutes. SilkPeel® is great as a stand-alone treatment, for pre-event cosmetic preparations, or as a way to maximize the benefits of your laser treatments.
Germain Dermatology also offers a "Hydra SilkPeel®" to patients. This microdermabrasion treatment can accommodate patients with many skin types and skin disorders and allows the technician to use two solutions, with selections based on each patient's unique skin type and condition. The treatment will end with one or two passes of hyaluronic acid, which has proven to decrease the signs of aging as well as induce collagen production. The patient will then comfortably relax with our new hyaluronic anti-aging mask. This microdermabrasion treatment can be used for patients with inflammatory acne, rosacea, and eczema—or even as an anti-aging treatment.
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.