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6 Doctor Answers | Asked by pereyra in florida
Microdermabrasion sands off about 10-15 micron depth of skin. The EPIDERMIS, the outer layer of skin is 50 - 60 microns thick. Most sun spots are thicker than 10 microns and would require a deeper peel. In this regard, Microdermabrasion is literally a feel good feel that does not last and will not erase most skin lesions. Try a Sciton MicroLaser peel and your sunspots will be gone in the vast majority of cases. Dr. P. Aldea
Microdermabrasion will help with discoloration of your skin if it's combined with a chemical peel, and if you begin a skin care regimen. Suitable skin care includes: SPF30, glycolic acid, and possibly tretinoin. I'm not a big fan of hydroquinone. IPL PhotoFacials are designed to lighten brown spots from sun-damage. You'll need around 4 treatments spaced around 3 weeks apart. I hope this is helpful for you.
Microdermabrasion is great for removing the top layer of the epidermis but does not penetrate deep enough to affect the sun damage. I like to use either TCA peels or laser treatments to diminish or eliminate the signs of sun damage. Regardless of the modality it is absolutely imperative that you are consistant with proper sunscreen use to protect your skin and the results long term.
Hard question to fully answer. I have seen improvement using this technique but it is not 100% reproducible. Other non invasive treatments can reduce and eliminate sun spots much better than microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion will not conistently reduce or eliminate sun spots due to their deeper location in thie dermis. Topical creams or lotions containing retin A and/or hydroquinone are more likely to provide a better non-surgical...
Microdermabrasion is useless for sun spots. IPL (intense pulsed light) photorejuvenation is a good way to treat sun spots and broken capillaries from too much sun exposure.