If you are dealing with sun damage, melasma, fine lines or acne scars, microdermabrasion is a gentle yet effective means of improving these skin concerns. Since 2008, Pura Vida Med Spa has offered expert microdermabrasion sessions to clients in the Fulton, MD and greater Baltimore area.
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Microdermabrasion at Pura Vida
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure that rejuvenates the skin through mechanical exfoliation. It’s performed using a small handheld device that sprays tiny crystals against the skin to gently abrade its surface and vacuum up the dead exfoliated cells.
This procedure noticeably smooths and brightens the skin in a single session, with even greater results after 4–6 treatments. It encourages collagen and elastin production and helps the skin better absorb products, making them more effective. You can add an Enzyme Peel to your microdermabrasion treatment for deeper cleansing and revitalized skin.
Why Choose Us for Microdermabrasion
At Pura Vida, we understand that your skin is a unique and sensitive concern. That’s why our team of skilled aesthetic practitioners evaluates your individual needs to make sure microdermabrasion is the right treatment to meet your beauty goals.
Hailed as one of Howard County’s Top Medical Spas and Cosmetic Laser Centers, Pura Vida has received a wealth of industry recognition. Headed by Dr. Leslie Apgar, a qualified doctor and esteemed aesthetic practitioner, Pura Vida is dedicated to constantly developing its professional team by providing on-the-job training with the latest technology and research.
Before and After Photos
Please note the patients featured in these images may have undergone additional cosmetic treatments to enhance the effects of their microdermabrasion treatments. This photo gallery does not guarantee that everyone who undergoes microdermabrasion will obtain these or similar results.
Am I a Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion?
Almost anyone can be a good candidate for microdermabrasion – we work with men and women of all ages and skin types. Microdermabrasion is an effective treatment for a range of skin concerns such as:
- Dry, flakey skin
- Enlarged pores
- Excess sebum (oiliness)
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Scarring, including acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
- Uneven skin tone and texture
However, anyone with an active skin infection or lesion of any type should wait until symptoms resolve before undergoing this procedure. If you have rosacea or fragile capillaries, inform your aesthetician to see if microdermabrasion is right for you.
If you’ve had a course of Accutane, wait 6–12 months before undergoing this procedure.
What to Expect During a Microdermabrasion Session
Your microdermabrasion treatment can be performed the same day as your skin consultation – there’s no need to schedule a separate appointment.
During the session, your aesthetician will first prepare your skin by cleansing your face; your skin must be as dry and oil-free as possible for optimal results.
You’ll be provided with protective eyewear, and the aesthetician will pass the device three times over each area of your face. Next, they will cleanse your face again and apply a mask customized for your skin type. Lastly, they will apply a corrective serum and sunscreen; the entire procedure takes only 30–60 minutes.
Recovery and Results
Microdermabrasion involves minimal recovery time. After a session, you may experience redness, swelling or tenderness that fades within a few hours. Small red spots known as petechiae, which indicate bleeding beneath the skin, should also resolve the same day.
Care for your skin by keeping your face moisturized, avoiding direct sun, exfoliants or topical acne products for at least 48 hours post treatment. Your skin will remain sensitive to light for about 3 weeks, so it is important to wear a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF during that period. Avoid picking at or scrubbing your skin, which could cause scarring.
You’ll see a noticeable difference in your skin after a single treatment, but most people opt for at least 4 sessions for best results. Afterward, we recommend undergoing microdermabrasion approximately every 3 weeks to maintain your new look.
Related and Alternative Treatments
In addition to chemical peels, Pura Vida offers several alternative treatments to invigorate the skin and create an even tone. These include:
- Chemical Peels: Facial peels use non-toxic, specially formulated solutions to resurface and exfoliate your skin. These light and medium strength peels help treat wrinkles, scars, and hyperpigmentation (or dark spots) for a more even skin tone and texture.
- Facials: To reverse the signs of aging, moisturize the skin, improve skin tone and texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce blemishes.
- Hydrafacial: Involves thoroughly cleansing the skin and applying a physical and chemical peel to nourish and detoxify the skin.
- Skinwave: A form of hydrodermabrasion that exfoliates and nourishes your skin, leaving it looking invigorated and refreshed.
Book a Consultation
You deserve to have the best skin care possible. So why not let our team of skilled aesthetic practitioners make that happen for you? We’ll work with your individual needs and desires, tailoring treatment plans that are just right.
To learn more about microdermabrasion and whether they are the solution for your complexion goals, contact Pura Vida, Fulton, MD, today.
How do I prepare for a microdermabrasion session?
One week before your treatment, discontinue the use of all exfoliating products and NSAIDs and do not wax your face. Avoid excessive sun exposure for 7–14 days before treatment; if you get a sunburn during that period, you’ll need to reschedule the appointment.
Can I wear makeup after a microdermabrasion treatment?
If desired, you may apply mineral-based makeup immediately after your session. However, we recommend letting your skin breathe to speed up the healing process.
How does microdermabrasion help acne?
Acne occurs when pores are blocked by excess sebum and dead skin cells, trapping bacteria inside. Through regular exfoliation, you can eliminate these acne triggers and stop blemishes from developing. Microdermabrasion also helps postinflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by acne heal more rapidly.
Is microdermabrasion safe?
Microdermabrasion is considered extremely safe, especially when performed by a qualified aesthetician in a professional setting. All equipment will be sterilized before your treatment, and your provider will use fresh sponges and towels to reduce the risk of infection.
For people with very sensitive skin, possible risks include light bruising, redness, scabbing and peeling. These symptoms will heal without permanently damaging the skin.
How long do the results last?
Your microdermabrasion results’ longevity is related to how you care for your skin. We advise wearing sunscreen every day and cleansing your skin with a mild exfoliant a few times a week between treatments. For best results, schedule regular maintenance treatments approximately every 6 weeks.