Microdermabrasion is a quick, non-invasive procedure used to resurface the skin. It is sometimes called a “lunchtime peel. This relatively new procedure gently removes only the very top layers of damaged skin by “sand blasting” them with tiny crystals.
Dr. Kremer, however, uses a novel technique from the US named "Macrodermabrasion™"/SaltAPeel™", which works without the adversely affecting vacuum used by conventional microdermabrasion treatment units as well as the controversial aluminum-hydroxide salt und uses natural saline crystals instead. The technique exfoliates and gently resurfaces the skin, promoting the formation of new smoother, clearer skin.
It is usually performed on the face and neck, but can be performed on any part of the body (such as the backs of the hands). If you're considering microdermabrasion, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure may help you, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Kremer.
Frequently asked questions about Microdermabrasion by Dr. Michael A. Kremer:
Microdermabrasion can correct rough skin texture, some types of scarring, uneven pigmentation, and age (liver) spots. It can also remove or improve whiteheads and black heads, some stretch marks, and fine wrinkles. By removing superficial layers of the skin, microdermabrasion allows new skin to appear. In fact, this procedure even stimulates the growth of new skin cells. Microdermabrasion can be used for all skin types and skin tones. For best results, it can be repeated as often as once a week.
Vor der erstmaligen Behandlung wird Sie Dr. Kremer zunächst beraten. Sagen Sie ihm bitte bei dieBefore Dr. Kremer performs this procedure, he will arrange for a consultation with you. At this time, you'll be able to talk to him about the changes you would like to make in your appearance. He will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, its risks and limitations.
Dr. Kremer will begin by examining the area to be treated. You should also stop smoking in order to improve the circulation of blood to the skin. It is sometimes also necessary to take an anti-viral medication before the procedure in order to prevent cold sores or fever blisters from appearing afterward. Tell Dr. Kremer if you are taking any medication, especially Isotretinoin (Accutane®, Roaccutan®), or if you have a history of cold sores or fever blisters, like those caused by herpes or shingles.
The procedure itself is quick and simple. Goggles are placed over your eyes to protect them, and the skin is cleansed. Dr. Kremer then removes the surface skin using a delicate, handheld device similar to a dentist's polishing instrument. Through this device, tiny crystals are sprayed on the skin and suctioned back up into the machine, along with loosened skin. Dr. Kremer can vary the pressure to control the amount of penetration, or pass over an area several times to remove the most damaged skin.ser Gelegenheit was Sie gerne an Ihrem Aussehen ändern möchten. Dr. Kremer wird Ihnen dann die unterschiedlichen Möglichkeiten, das Verfahren selbst sowie die jeweiligen Risiken und Grenzen dieser Behandlungsform erklären.
Dr. Kremer wird danach die Zone untersuchen, die behandelt werden soll. Sie sollten bitte unbedingt aufhören zu rauchen um die Durchblutung Ihrer Haut zu verbessern. Es ist evtl. notwendig prophylaktisch ein Medikament gegen Herpes einzunehmen, um eine Herpesinfektion nach der Behandlung zu verhindern. Bitte sagen Sie Dr. Kremer unbedingt ob Sie in der Vergangenheit Isotretinoin (Roaccutan®, Aknenormin®) eingenommen haben oder ob Sie regelmäßig Lippenherpes-Ausbrüche bekommen.
Die Behandlung selbst ist schnell und relativ unkompliziert. Sie erhalten eine Schutzbrille und Ihre Haut wird dann gereinigt. Dr. Kremer beginnt dann die oberflächlichen Hautschichten mit einem speziellen Handstück, das einem Poliergerät von Zahnärzten ähnelt, schonend zu entfernen. Mit diesem Gerät werden feine Salzkristalle auf die Haut gestrahlt, die gleich wieder zusammen mit den abgelösten Hautschüppchen aufgesaugt werden. Der Druck kann verändert werden um die Tiefenwirkung zu kontrollieren oder die Behandlung kann an gewissen Stellen mehrfach wiederholt werden um stark geschädigte Haut zu entfernen.
The procedure generally lasts from 30-60 minutes.
It is often necessary to repeat the procedure to achieve the desired results. A typical regimen consists of 6 treatments, at intervals of 2-3 weeks.
The procedure is most often performed in the office.
The amount of pain varies from person to person. Some people report some mild irritation but most people report no pain at all. In fact, many people actually describe the tingling sensation in positive terms. Anesthesia is not necessary.
The speed of the procedure and its recovery time has earned it the name "the lunchtime peel." Immediately after the procedure, women can apply makeup and return to their normal activities. The skin will turn pink immediately afterward, but this color will fade within a few hours.
The results of this treatment are often subtle improvements in texture and the appearance of refreshed-looking skin.
In general, the best candidates for microdermabrasion are people who are:
- In good physical health
- Psychologically stable
- Unable to take time out of their schedule to recover from more powerful resurfacing procedures (such as chemical peels, laser and radiofrequency resurfacing).
- Wanting to look younger and more refreshed
- Well informed in regard to the procedure's outcome
- Realistic in their expectations
The above is only a partial list of the criteria that Dr. Kremer will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you. Be sure to ask Dr. Kremer if he considers you an ideal candidate for microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion can improve the texture of the skin, but it will not improve loose, baggy, or deeply wrinkled skin. Facelifts are often used to correct these problems.
Depending on the severity of the skin condition and the size and location of the area to be treated, microdermabrasion may be combined with, or replaced by, other resurfacing procedures such as chemical peels or laser / radiofrequency resurfacing.