Each of your skin cells has a relatively short lifespan. As the outer skin cells are naturally shed, new, healthy, youthful-looking cells emerge from the deeper layers of the dermis in a process known as exfoliation. At the same time, this also stimulates new collagen production in the deeper layers of the dermis. This effectively results in a slight thickening and tightening of the skin on the face, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Many people start to address the appearance of skin aging by using skin care creams that have been fortified with either retinol or Retin-A. This often produces a modest amount of exfoliation.
It’s also worth noting that the microdermabrasion treatment offered by your cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Trenton C. Jones, M.D., is considered to be the most effective method of exfoliation. It also has the added benefit of improving skin texture and cleaning pores to help prevent acne.
During the microdermabrasion treatment, the cosmetic surgeon will use a small glass tube lined with fine aluminum oxide crystals. A gentle amount of suction will be used to pull skin cells from your face or hands, removing them and stimulating exfoliation.