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Orange County area patients ask about the side effects of microdermabrasion

Rejuvenating the skin can be done in a myriad of ways, and Dr. Thuan Nguyen of The Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery in Orange County may suggest a procedure known as microdermabrasion to do just that. This treatment is used to help improve the texture and tone of the skin, allowing patients to achieve a healthier look and more youthful appearance in just one appointment.

Microdermabrasion is treatment that is used to resurface the skin and is considered a little less invasive than alternatives including chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and dermabrasion. This procedure is performed by using a machine that uses a special pen-like apparatus to work along the surface of the skin, using very fine crystals or other abrasive tip to slough off dead skin while using vacuum suction to remove it simultaneously. Patients are relatively comfortable throughout the procedure, and the strength of the device can be adjusted depending on the sensitivity of the skin and the pain tolerance of the patient. Treatments can be relatively mild or more aggressive.

Some patients who consider this treatment are often worried about what side effects they may experience after their procedure. Most side effects are short-term if they do occur, and most are relatively harmless or cosmetic. These temporary side effects may include:
  • Redness of the skin
  • Minor bruising
  • A feeling of skin tightness
  • Very small abrasions of the skin
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
  • Sensitive skin
  • Very fine broken blood vessels (telangiectasia)
Dr. Thuan Nguyen of The Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery encourages patients to work with a qualified professional to have procedures such as microdermabrasion done, as many problems can occur if they are done incorrectly. Our team is dedicated to ensuring treatments are not only effective but safe. Microdermabrasion has been used for many years to enhance the skin and provide patients with a way to rejuvenate their appearance without an invasive procedure.

If you want to learn more about microdermabrasion or any of the other services available in our practice, contact Dr. Thuan Nguyen today to book an appointment. We welcome new and existing patients into our state-of-the-art facility for cosmetic, medical, and surgical solutions for their skin and body.

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