Microdermabrasion is a safe, progressive approach to skin care that was developed in Italy in 1987 and received FDA approval for use in the United States in 1996. Dr. Adam Summers has evaluated more than 10 different microdermabrasion machines and techniques and the results of his evaluation has been published. In our Medical Spa at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, our skin care specialists use a specially designed handpiece (selected by Dr. Summers as the best microdermabrasion technique available) to simultaneously apply a dimond burr abrasive and negative pressure (vacuum). As the abrasive contacts the skin, a thin layer of dead skin cells is removed from the surface of the skin. The handpiece removes both the dead skin and any residual particles. The procedure exfoliates dry, dull skin, while stimulating circulation and collagen production.
Each microdermabrasion treatment removes one to two layers of dead skin cells, depending on the condition that is being treated. The depth of treatment is controlled through the amount of vacuum, degree of abrasion and the number of passes. Since each microdermabrasion treatment is customized, patients can be treated to obtain specific results at their own comfort levels. Patients typically leave with a smooth, refreshed appearance.
In the comfort of the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center Medical Spa, Dr. Adam Summers personally performs more aggressive microdermabrasion procedures to effectively treat raised scars, depressed scars, and pigmentation disorders. In this case, patients may experience several days of healing as new, fresh skin grows into the area.
Treatable Skin Conditions
The following skin conditions may be improved with microdermabrasion treatments at Maryland Plastic Surgery Center and PURE Med Spa:
- Visible Aging
- Fine Lines
- Age Spots
- Sun Spots
- Uneven Pigmentation
- Inflammatory Conditions
- Clogged Pores
- Enlarged Pores
- Skin Trauma
- Stretch Marks
It is important to avoid excess sun exposure for one week prior to a microdermabrasion treatment – sunburned skin will not be treated. All makeup products will be removed prior to the treatment. For maximal comfort, men should shave 1-2 hours prior to the microdermabrasion treatment. Do not perform any home peel, exfoliation scrub, or acid application (e.g. glycolic acid, salysilic acid, lactic acid) for 48 hours prior to the microdermabrasion treatment. Patients with ethnic skin who require aggressive treatments may be started on a skin lightening cream one month prior to the procedure to reduce inflammatory hyperpigmentation responses.
Some redness is expected after a microdermabrasion treatment – this should dissipate within an hour of the treatment. Frequent use of a soap-free cleanser and a non-comedeogenic moisturizer is recommended. New acne flare-ups may occur after the first treatment or so…if they don’t resolve within 24 hours they should be evaluated for treatment. If bruising is present, use of cool packs (e.g. bags of frozen peas or equivalent) can be helpful – if this occurs, be sure to inform us prior to your next microdermabrasion treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
At the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, it is very common for patients to have a functional rhinoplasty (e.g. surgery to make it easier to breathe through the nose) at the same time as a cosmetic rhinoplasty. Simultaneous procedures typically include septoplasty for a deviated septum, turbinectomy to open the inner airway, and nasal valve repair for internal nasal valve collapse.
Also, it is appropriate to have other facial cosmetic procedures simultaneous with a cosmetic rhinoplasty. For example, in selected patients, a chin implant can tremendously enhance the results of a rhinoplasty. Similarly, liposuction of the neck can substantially improve a patient’s profile when combined with a rhinoplasty.
Due to the variety of procedures available in plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age although age will be taken into consideration when planning your operation. People of all ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic surgery. There are even procedures appropriate for young children! It is important to realize the limitations of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery cannot “fix” every situation or reverse the aging process. What is a good procedure for one person may not be an appropriate procedure for another. We are committed to making your plastic surgery experience a successful one.
During your consultation we will discuss your desired changes and expectations, review your medical history and current health, and make an assessment on whether the procedure(s) in question are right for you. This is a good time to ask specific questions about the procedure so that you are fully prepared, mentally and emotionally, for surgery. We will discuss the results that can be achieved, with the aid of photos and/or computer imaging. When a final decision is made, you will need to sign an informed consent stating that you are fully aware and understand what is entailed by your pending operation, including the potential complications and secondary effects.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. The length of recovery varies with each procedure and is different for each individual. Bruises usually disappear within a few days, and most swelling is gone in a matter of weeks. If you follow our post-operative instructions carefully, you will be able to enjoy your normal activities within no time. Your scars will fade over time but are permanent. We take care to conceal any scars so that they are barely visible, if at all. The image-enhancing effects of plastic surgery become more evident over time with certain procedures taking up to a year for your body to fully adjust and settle into its new look. When you come in for your consultation we can discuss your expected recovery period and any post-operative instructions in detail.
Insurance providers generally cover costs for reconstructive surgery such as nose surgery to allow for a patient to breathe better. Therefore, the insurance company may pay a part of the surgical fees. If your surgery is covered by insurance, pre-certification is required. We will be happy to assist you with the process.
Note: Insurance companies will not pay for any portion of a procedure that is cosmetic. Therefore, do not expect your insurance company to reimburse you completely for all of the fees you have paid. Also, patients are responsible for full payment of their quoted fees prior to surgery. Reimbursement, when available, will be made by your insurance company directly to you.
The type of the anesthesia varies with each procedure. For some procedures, only local anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous (IV) sedation is needed. This method will allow you to be awake, but insensitive to any pain. In more complex procedures, general anesthesia is needed and you will be asleep during the entire procedure. The anesthesia used in your operation will depend on the type and extent of the procedure(s), your age, and the surgeon’s preference.
Maryland Plastic Surgery is Maryland’s premiere cosmetic surgery center and medical spa. The Center’s director, Dr. Adam Summers, is an expert cosmetic surgeon who uses advanced techniques to achieve natural looking results. Just 15 minutes from Baltimore, Howard County (Columbia) and Annapolis, the Center specializes in tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and facelift procedures. © Baltimore Maryland Plastic Surgery Center and Medical Spa.