Dr. Eric Schweiger - MD

Medical Extractions

When you want a quick fix for your acne, a medical extraction is the way to go. A medical facial with extractions will immediately get rid of existing active acne lesions while preventing future flares from popping up. When you have a big event or need clear skin asap, booking an appointment for a medical facial with extractions is the answer. Even patients with the most porcelain skin are interested in clearing up their clogged pores. We all have them; it’s just a matter of figuring out the best way to clear them out. Many patients actually cause more harm than good when they try to extract their clogged pores by themselves in the bathroom mirror. At Clear Clinic we have skilled estheticians that specialize in the treatment of acne. They can perform medical grade facials that safely extract the comedones and clogged pores immediately.

Medical extractions vs. extractions at the spa for acne treatment

At Clear Clinic, we often get the question of how a medical extraction differs from a spa extraction for acne treatment. The answer is that our estheticians are all under the guidance of a dermatologist and will not use products that may exacerbate your acne breakouts. Many times, spas will use product that smell good but actually contain oils or other ingredients that could make you breakout. We also take great care to ensure that our environment is sterile. All of our instruments are meticulously cleansed and sterilized.

What to expect during a medial extraction

During a session of medical extractions, our licensed esthetician may steam your skin for a few minutes to open up your pores. The esthetician will then clean out your clogged pores, eliminating your comedones (whiteheads and blackheads) and decreasing the inflammatory acne lesions. Medical extractions are appropriate for most acne patients; they can be performed in conjunction with other in-office acne treatments and acne medications. Medical extractions are often combined with chemical peels, in order to achieve the most improvement. You may notice some redness of the treated area after your extractions, but you may apply makeup if desired. Most patients go back to work or social activities immediately following the treatment.

Do you recommend seeing an esthetician for medical extractions on a regular basis?

Yes, especially if you are prone to picking at or popping your own acne. So another question you might be thinking is what makes a “medical extraction” different than using your own two fingers to pop a zit, something we at Clear Clinic refer to as “bathroom surgery” and is a big no-no. There answer is: A lot. First, popping your own zits is never a good idea. It can lead to further breakouts, scars and irreparable damage. Plus, the chances of you being able to fully remove the blemish without medical tools is near zilch. A medical extraction session often includes a chemical peel, to fully get rid of those dead skin cells. Before this, the esthetician will use an acne extractor in a sterile environment to remove the whiteheads or blackheads. Estheticians use medical grade gloves and sterile instruments when performing this procedure to make sure no bacteria is spreadh2