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Microdermabrasion vs. Dermabrasion

“Derma” means skin, and “-brasion” is taken from the word abrasion, to rub or scrape away. Micro means very tiny. Both are skin rejuvenation procedures having to do with “sanding” layer(s) of dull, older skin to reveal new skin, resulting in a smoother, healthier, glowing, more youthful appearance. This is where the similarities end. La Fontaine offers this treatment with some of the best in microdermabrasion Denver has available to its patients.


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Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure, in which the physician “sands” the skin with an instrument, such as a brush or abrasive wheel, to remove the outer layers of skin. An aggressive procedure, it requires that a topical anesthetic be applied to the areas to be treated. It is generally used for more severe conditions, such as acne scars, pockmarks, deep wrinkles, or scars from accidents and should only be used to treat fair skin.

Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, is a non-invasive procedure in which tiny crystals are sprayed onto the skin, gently removing the top layer of skin only. Because it is so much less aggressive, it is appropriate for all skin types and colors, and does not require the application of an anesthetic.

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What Types of Conditions Can be Improved With Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is highly effective in treating the more common skin problems, particularly those associated with aging skin. It can:

  • Reduce or lighten hyperpigmentation, including freckles, age spots and dark patches of skin
  • Reduce the appearance of stretch marks
  • Reduce wrinkles and fine lines
  • Reduce or eliminate enlarged pores
  • Reduce or eliminate acne scars

The sanding action of microdermabrasion also exfoliates the skin, removing dry or dull skin, resulting in a more radiant complexion. It also helps thicken the skin’s collagen, restoring some of the elasticity that is lost as we age and collagen production declines. This results in less sagging and a plumper, suppler look to the skin and arguably the best microdermabrasion Denver has to offer.

What is the Procedure for Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion can be administered in either of two ways: (Both treatments take about half an hour.)

  • A hand-held device sprays tiny (thus, the “micro”) crystals across the face. Simultaneously, a vacuum attached to the device suctions the crystals, along with the dead or loosened skin that has been removed. You may experience a slight sensation of scratching, as the crystals sand off the skin.
  • A diamond-tipped wand that scrapes the top layer of skin is moved across the face. This also has a vacuum attached, so the removed skin is immediately suctioned up. The want produces a vibrating sensation as it is moved across the skin.

Does Microdermabrasion Pose Any Risks?

There may be some discomfort with the procedure, but the biggest risk that has been reported is from getting some of the crystals in the eyes – no need to worry at La Fontaine, where patient health and safety is managed with extreme care.

The delivery team at La Fontaine is highly experienced in the use of microdermabrasion, and we have a two-pronged approach to avoiding this risk. The first is to provide our patients with eye protectors; the second is to administer the treatment with the level of care with which we administer all the treatments we offer.

What is the Recovery Like?

While dermabrasion requires two to four weeks of recover, there is no downtime with microdermabrasion; you may resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure. Your skin may be pink, and it will probably feel a bit dry and tight, as if you had sunburn or windburn, but this is easily remedied by applying a good moisturizer and typically subsides within 24 hours.

It is also recommended that you avoid exposure to the sun for the first few days after the procedure. If you must leave the house, use sunscreen.

Dedicated to Outstanding Results: La Fontaine

At La Fontaine, we are dedicated to seeing that you achieve the best possible results from any of our treatments, and part of that is seeing that those results have the best possible longevity. To that end, we will discuss the facial products you currently use and may make recommendations about specific brands of moisturizers and sunscreens that have proven the most effective in this regard.

How many treatments will I need?

A series of four to six treatments is the usual recommendation, however the actual number will depend on how tough or acne-prone, or how sensitive your skin might be. On average, the skin regenerates every 30 days, so the results are temporary, and the treatment will need to be repeated to maintain the benefits.

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At La Fontaine, we treat all of our patients as the individuals they are. We take the time to get to know you and what your goals are, and we will develop the optimal treatment plan for your achieving them. The best way to find out what will work for you is to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Oleszek.

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