Microdermabrasion - a Non Invasive Solution

By Mats Sumellin

Microdermabrasion is a skin enhancement procedure that is becoming more well known over time. A patient can have this done for relatively little cost, and it is noninvasive and is not painful. For people who don't wish to have more serious plastic surgery, or injections and laser options, this is a choice that makes sense.

Some of the benefits to be gained are to lessen age spot prominence, make rougher skin smoother, make lines and wrinkles less prominent, pores can be made less visible, all because of microdermabrasion. The procedure actually makes it easier for your skin care products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and help build collagen which gives skin its youthful appearance.

This procedure uses specialized equipment to exfoliate the skin. Dead skin on the surface is removed using this procedure.

The crystal microdermabrasion device consists of a compressor that draws in air through a hand-held wand. When the wand touches the skin, a vacuum is created. While the directed aluminum oxide crystals move over the skin, dead skin cells are dislodged during the process. A separate tube on the wand simply sucks the air along with the dead skin cells and crystals into the machine.

Diamond-tip microdermabrasion uses the same vacuum technology and hand-held wand, but there aren't any crystals moving through the tip. The dead skin cells are removed buy the diamond tip in this technique, and then vacuumed up the same way. Depending on the condition and type of the patient's skin, the specific type of tip is chosen. The discomfort is slightly increased for a patient using diamond-tips, however, crystal microdermabrasion has the same effect. For sensitive skin, this is the more beneficial option.

The skill of the treatment provider can improve upon the already significant effects of microdermabrasion. Multiple treatments are usually suggested in order to get the most from this technique, skin texture and type will determine how many are needed. After the first treatment is completed, a clearer picture of the overall treatment process will be planned out, and implemented, depending on skin condition among other factors. Most people are very pleased with the initial results of their first treatment session, but it may take several sessions to address all of the problems and issues with your complexion. It is generally advised to follow up with regular maintenance treatments every 3-4 months. And because the machine can be adjusted depending on skin type and condition, even people with sensitive skin can get a treatment from a skilled professional.

Side effects do result at times from microdermabrasion, although they are usually minimal from this non-surgical treatment. Basically, it's like using a sandblaster on the skin, so naturally, it will react to that temporarily. Skin sensitivity sometimes occurs, along with minimal bruising and skin can be slightly red and tight feeling. In a few short hours, these slight side effects will dissipate. Other side effects can be tiny skin abrasions and small bleeding spots. Anaesthetics are not necessary with microdermabrasion, no dangerous chemicals are involved on the sensitive skin on your face, and there are minimal risks involved. When compared to facial peels that use lasers or chemical agents it is much safer.

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