PMD Device are at home microdermabrasion devices designed to remove stratum corneum or “dead skin” that is at the top most surface of our skin. There should not be downtime or damage to underlying healthy skin.
Microdermabrasion can be done to brighten dull skin tone and improve penetration of skin care products. In clinic, we routinely include microdermabrasion in our facial protocols but our devices are medical grade machines with higher power to achieve better deep cleansing and penetration of our medical grade skin care ampoules. Microdermabrasion DOES not treat deep acne scars.
We should not confuse dermabrasion with microdermabrasion.
Dermabrasion is a thorough stripping of superficial layers of skin whilst patient is completely sedated. There is a long recovery method and its done for complete skin rejuvenation and acne scar removal. It is rarely done in practice today due to the morbidities of the procedure.
For acne scars, there are many available treatments today.
For non-invasive/no downtime scar treatment, we use the Focus array lens ™ on the Picosure system to improve scarring. One can see improvement of acne scars even after 1-2 sessions.
Resurfacing lasers include fractional CO2/thulium/erbium lasers. You can expect 5-7 days of redness and scabbing and 3-5 sessions are required for improvement of acne scars.
For very deep scars such as box scars and ice pick scars, it may be better to do subcision with needle for greater improvement of the appearance of scars.
Acne scars can be treated successfully; though not with microdermabrasion.