What is Facial Microdermabrasion?
First, let’s review the structure of our skin. The skin you see is actually the outermost of several layers. This top layer is made up of dead cells. Underneath, new cells are constantly forming, and as the dead cells are removed naturally from our bodies, the fresh skin replaces it. In skin microdermabrasion, the outermost layer of skin is scrubbed away, exposing the fresher skin that lies beneath. This can be done with a controlled jet of tiny crystals, applied with a handheld applicator, or with a diamond-tipped wand. There are related procedures that use chemicals or lasers to achieve similar effects.
Benefits of Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasions can reduce the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and other relatively minor imperfections of the skin of the face. It can make the skin look and feel more youthful, as well.
Aestheticians routinely perform microdermabrasion for acne and scars. A common questions is, will microdermabrasion get rid of acne pitting? It can help; after microdermabrasion, acne scarring may be less evident, but the treatment may not be quite as effective on deep scarring. Your aesthetician will be able to counsel you on the effects you can expect.
How Long Does Microdermabrasion Last?
The duration of the microdermabrasion results can vary, but typically medical microdermabrasion lasts about a month.
Cost of Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion costs can vary. Home microdermabrasion kits, for example, might cost less than a microdermabrasion peel procedure performed by a professional aesthetician. However, the benefits of a professional job over microdermabrasion at home will be evident: aestheticians are trained to consistently get the best possible results. For a thorough explanation of the costs, contact us today.
Microdermabrasion Equipment & Applicators Used
Microdermabrasion is traditionally performed using a wand that sprays the skin with tiny crystals, which remove inconsistencies on the skin’s surface. The wand also contains a vacuum that removes the microdermabrasion crystals.
Another, newer technique involves the use of a diamond-tipped wand that does not eject crystals. Rather, tiny diamond fragments on the applicator’s tip abrade the topmost layer of skin, which is removed with a vacuum in the wand. These tips can be reusable or disposable. Although the crystals in the older method are generally considered safe, even if they are accidentally ingested, the diamond-tipped wand solves that possible concern.
Microdermabrasion Procedure Types
There are several types of microdermabrasion.
- Crystal microdermabrasion: This is the procedure where small crystals — usually of aluminum oxide — are applied to your skin with a special wand, and then removed by a vacuum in the wand. Brand names include Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion. Reviews are generally positive; this is an established procedure with lots of believers.
- Crystal-free microdermabrasion: This newer, advanced microdermabrasion system uses a rough-tipped wand to abrade away the top layer of skin. We use diamond-tipped applicators.
- Microdermabrasion peel: Sometimes, microdermabrasion techniques are informally called “peels.” This is not to be confused with chemical peels, a distinct procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the outer layer. Some chemicals are more aggressive than others.
Before and After Microdermabrasion
Preparation for microdermabrasion is minimal, basically consisting of avoiding skin treatments like tanning and chemical peels. Ask your microdermabrasion aesthetician how to prepare for your procedure.
Microdermabrasion is not surgery. It is an outpatient procedure, and you should be able to resume your normal routine immediately.
Microdermabrasion does have some risks. Microdermabrasion risks include :
- worsening of scars if you undergo the treatment too soon after a course of treatment with Accutane
- complications of existing dermatological problems such as dermatitis or eczema
- skin pigment changes
If you have a disorder that affects your skin, talk to your microdermabrasion practitioner before the procedure.
Expected results include a fresher, “glowing” look to the skin, as well as reduction of pore and wrinkle appearance. The higher the skill of your practitioner, the more likely you will receive a satisfactory result.
You can expect your skin to feel tight immediately after the procedure, and will need to apply moisturizing cream often and avoid too much sun exposure. Your practitioner will be able to give you the details of after-care, including products you should use.
How to Get Microdermabrasion Treatment?
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