I dont have an acne problem but I want to get either microdermabrasion or light chemical peels done. I have a few areas I would like to improve. I keep reading microdermabrasion is temporary but would I would like to know is say after a series of 4-6 treatments and my skin has improved will it still be look better than it's original condition if I were to not get any more treatments. Does it look exactly like it did before the treatments or is it realistic to get 25-40% permanent improvement.
For example I have had the same whiteheads on my forehead for a long time. I havent gotten any more or any less, so if I got them cleared up with dermabrasion could I expect after the treatments are done it should still be clear permanently. Also the same with hyperpigmentation, does it come back or can I still get some permanent improvement?
[This message has been edited by Amaru (edited 08-15-2003).]
You probably can't permanently get rid of whiteheads unless you keep doing treatments, but most of the other stuff (ex. hyperpigmentation) should stay somewhat away as long as you don't get anymore damage. I wouldn't recommend microdermabrasion though, it didn't work for me. Maybe it well works for others though? I had IPL laser and it got rid of so much hyperpigmentation. You could try that, but it costs about 3 times what microderm does.
How much is it exactly and is it a one time thing or do you need multiple treatments. I have very superficial hyperpigmentation but hopefully it will heal up more, I am using skinceuticals primacy C+E serum on them. I'm looking for a procedure that will clear up my forehead and smooth out my T-zone. Did this laser help other areas than just hyperpigmentation?
Yes it helps sundamage, hyperpigmentation, redness, superficial wrinkles, skin elasticity, blood vessels, and acne scarring. It is not a one time thing, most people do 2 or 3 and it costs about 300-350, but if your problems arent too bad, you might be able to just do it once. There are other lasers out there that may be more suited for your problems, a lot of them are non invasive and about the same cost, you could ask a doctor about them. Also try using retin a or tazorac, those work well and will help the breakout.
dear lennybee.. did you have laser over your entire face or just a portion? if just a portion, did it leave your skin lighter than the rest?
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