Regular exfoliation of the outermost layers of skin is an important addition to any skincare routine, especially as skin ages and cell turnover slows. At-home scrubs can be either too harsh or ineffective. For healthy exfoliation, the skincare professionals at Kaiser Permanente often recommend vibradermabrasion. Providers in San Francisco, Sacramento and other Northern California cities offer this treatment that helps renew the skin’s surface while it stimulates the development of your own collagen, for a smoother, more vibrant complexion.
Vibradermabrasion is often compared to better-known microdermabrasion, as both are mechanical exfoliation treatments. However, whereas microdermabrasion uses a controlled flow of microscopic crystals projected onto the skin, vibradermabrasion uses special paddles that are coated with extremely fine, abrasive particles. During the treatment, the paddles vibrate very rapidly, dislodging the outermost layers of skin and revealing fresh, healthy skin beneath with minimal irritation.
What Is Treatment Like?
Treatment with vibradermabrasion is an in-office procedure that typically takes about 45 minutes to complete. During the vibradermabrasion treatment, the provider moves the device over the skin as the stainless steel paddle gently vibrates at a very high speed. Most patients find the treatment comfortable, and even soothing or relaxing.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Vibradermabrasion is often indicated for reducing some of the earliest signs of aging, as well as fading certain signs of environmental damage. When used as indicated, vibradermabrasion can help reduce the appearance of the following:
- Mild scars, including acne scars
- Brown spots
- Fine lines
- Dullness or texture irregularities
Vibradermabrasion also helps prepare the skin for topical treatments, making it more responsive to the active ingredients in certain products. Your provider can advise you on the best options for you and your skin during your initial consultation.
What Can I Expect Before and After Treatment?
There is no special preparation needed for vibradermabrasion, but you should be sure that your skin is not sunburned or irritated at the time of treatment.
Patients do not typically report discomfort with vibradermabrasion, although your skin may appear slightly red and swollen for a few hours after treatment. You can return to your normal daily activities as soon as your appointment is over. After your visit, it’s important to keep your skin protected from the sun with a broad-spectrum sunblock, especially one that’s formulated for sensitive skin.
Are There Any Risks?
Because vibradermabrasion doesn’t break the skin’s surface, there’s very minimal risk associated with the procedure — especially when it’s administered by a trained skincare professional. While localized, temporary inflammation is possible immediately after treatment, the risk of long-term skin damage is minimal.
I’m Interested! What’s My Next Step?
Learn more about vibradermabrasion today, and request your first visit today.