It’s said that in 1513, explorer Ponce de León set forth on a voyage seeking a “Fountain of Youth” – a mystical body of water that could reverse aging inflicted by the hands of time. Today, many people are still on the hunt for ways to stay young, flocking to their dermatologists and med spas in search of something similar. Replacing mysticism and folklore with cutting-edge technology, the modern-day beauty industry offers several techniques to help each of us look a little more youthful.
Whether you live in a bustling, cosmopolitan area filled with air pollution – or a rural farming town where you spent days basking (or baking) in the sun, you’ve experienced the effects that environmental stressors can have on the skin. When we have prolonged exposure to damaging agents such as sun and pollution, aging begins to show in the form of wrinkles, scars, and pigmentation. Repeated facial expressions and smoking can also contribute to a haggard or tired facade.
Microdermabrasion is one minimally invasive procedure that multi-tasks, offering patients a refreshed appearance along with many other benefits. But what is Microdermabrasion? Is it painful?
A Call for Collagen
The Microdermabrasion procedure harnesses the power of superfine crystals that are sprayed across the surface of a patient’s skin to exfoliate and eradicate dry, dead skin cells. The process of removing the outermost layer of skin serves as a catalyst for the production of collagen and elastin.
In addition to the environmental stressors mentioned earlier, the body is subject to intrinsic aging which starts much younger than one would think. Basically, after the age of 20, the body produces one percent less collagen every year than the year before. It is the loss of this protein that causes the skin to sag and becomes brittle, so it’s important to find ways of replenishing collagen.
Often referred to as the “lunchtime peel” or instant “facelift”, Microdermabrasion is a very accessible treatment for many. For one, it requires no downtime and can be completed in under an hour, which means you can have it done during your lunch break – and be back in time for that afternoon meeting or to grab the kids at school. The procedure is a multi-tasking maven; it’s not only beneficial for reducing enlarged pores, improving the appearance of blackheads, age spots, and stretch marks; it can even treat acne (and the marks it leaves behind).
If you’re hoping to get your glow back and achieve a refreshed, renewed look, Microdermabrasion may be just what you’re searching for. You’ll want to be sure to select a highly trained, board-certified physician who will work with you to bring out your best. Dr. Raymond Little and the staff at the Vein Institute at Houston Heart & Vascular Associates perform a variety of safe and effective facial rejuvenation services right in their office. As it turns out, it is possible to turn back the hands of time with a little help from the experts. For more information about Microdermabrasion and other services, call 281-312-0208.