What is Medical Microdermabrasion and how does it work?
Medical Microdermabrasion, also called Parisian Peel is a unique treatment from Europe developed to treat skin conditions. It is performed using a precision hand piece to direct a stream of fine aluminum oxide crystals and mild suction across the skin, exfoliating the outermost layer. Control of the flow of crystals can create a gentle abrasion of the skin or a deeper exfoliation where needed. Used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne, acne scars, uneven pigmentation, uneven skin tone and age spots, the procedure may be used in conjunction with chemical peels and/or topical formulations. Microdermabrasions are usually performed in a series of treatments, each taking approximately 30 minutes. The face is the most commonly treated site, followed by hands, arms and neckline. Microdermabrasion is a simple skin renewal technology, providing a conservative approach to rejuvenating the skin surface.
What conditions are most commonly treated with Medical Microdermabrasion?
Medical Microdermabrasion is used to treat the following conditions:
- Age Spots
- Dull, uneven skin tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Rhytides (lip lines)
- Acne scarring
What can I expect after treatment?
Following the treatment, you may expect some transient redness which will disappear in a few hours. The skin will feel soft and silky and may peel slightly. If deeper microdermabrasion is performed on more stubborn lines, there may be transient swelling and redness which will resolve within hours to several days. Normally, there is no "down time" and activities can be resumed immediately. Care should be taken to protect the skin with sunscreen and mild cleansers and moisturizers. Products such as Retin-A should be discontinued for 1-2 days prior to treatment and waxing avoided for one week.
Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are tiny, dilated blood vessels seen in the skin usually on the face and legs. These veins are located just below the surface of the skin and due to their location, often appear darker and more prominent-being red, blue, or purple in color. Although spider veins may result in itching and minor aches and pains, they are not a health hazard. They are mostly a cosmetic problem.
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are formed when veins become dilated and swollen with stagnant blood. Pregnancy and hormonal variations as well as hereditary factors may stimulate their appearance. Spider veins are more common in women.
How are spider veins treated?
Sclerotherapy remains the treatment of choice for the treatment of spider veins although we offer laser treatment in our office as an alternative. Sclerotherapy is the technique of injecting a specific solution called a "sclerosing agent" into the spider veins with a very tiny needle. The discomfort is minimal and no worse than a bug bite with mild stinging. The solution irritates and destroys the inner lining of the blood vessel, so it ceases to carry blood. The body then replaces this damaged vessel with imperceptible scar tissue under the skin which is not visible. This does not harm the circulation but actually improves it by eliminating the abnormal, unnecessary vessel. Several injection sessions may be needed to improve a specific area. Treatment sessions usually last 15-30 minutes.
How long does it take to look better?
The tiniest spider veins may disappear in several weeks. Following treatment, the veins may look darker in color with some bruising. Some blood may become trapped in the veins as they close down- this is expected and is addressed during your subsequent treatment sessions. The larger veins may require several months to improve in appearance. A level of 70-90% overall improvement is realistic. Normal healing can take approximately 8 weeks.
What are the side effects of sclerotherapy?
The most common side effects experienced with sclerotherapy include itching, discoloration of the skin overlying the veins, pain, telangiectatic matting (blush areas), ankle swelling, phlebitis (inflammation of the veins) and rarely, allergic reaction. Rare complications consist of ulceration of the skin which could produce a small scar. Patients are advised to wear surgical support hose following their treatments to reduce side effects.