About Microdermabrasion Treatments

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About Microdermabrasion Treatments
About Microdermabrasion Treatments (Image: Crystalclearskin.com)

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical facial procedure that removes the outer layer of dead cells from the skin's surface, which reveals the healthier skin underneath. It's virtually painless and takes only about thirty minutes for one treatment. The benefits far outweigh the risks, which has made microdermabrasion one of the most popular facial treatments.

Function

Microdermabrasion is an increasingly popular procedure that removes the layer of dead cells on the skin's surface and reveals the healthier skin cells underneath. It's a completely non-invasive procedure that uses microcrystals to remove the cells. By removing this layer, skin looks younger and newer skin is stimulated to produce more collagen and elastin, two elements of healthy skin. Regular treatments of microdermabrasion have reduced the appearance of brown spots, shallow scars from acne, hyperpigmentation (melasma), sun-damaged skin, dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin tone and texture. Microdermabrasion used to only be performed by plastic surgeons, but now this treatment can be performed at home.

Time Frame

Typical treatments, whether administering them yourself or from a professional, take roughly thirty to forty minutes. Most people have incredible results with the first treatment, but professionals usually recommend at least six treatments for longer lasting results. It's best for your skin and for desirable results to have a treatment done every two weeks, and after six sessions, cut back to getting a treatment once a month.

Considerations

The best candidates for microdermabrasion are healthy adults, particularly adults who expect realistic results. The procedure is suitable for all skin types and for those looking to reduce (not remove) skin blemishes such as scars, wrinkles, brown spots, uneven skin tones and textures and sun-damaged skin. Also, those who do not have enough time for invasive skin treatments such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser resurfacing treatments may also be candidates for microdermabrasion.

Benefits

Convenience and time are the two biggest benefits to microdermabrasion. Treatments are often called "lunchtime facials" since they take so little time. Don't forget the possibility of owning your own machine, which makes the procedure far more convenient than any other skin treatment method. However, these aren't the only benefits to this facial treatment. It doesn't require surgery and it's practically painless. It's also the most effective non-invasive method to improve your skin. In addition to making skin healthier and look younger, microdermabrasion can also enhance facial circulation and lymph flow. Both not only further help skin health, but also improves a person's overall physical health.

Risks

There are very few risks with microdermabrasion. Most of them are caused by performing the treatment with unsterilized equipment or by not using the equipment properly. For example, patients can contract infections if the applicator and vacuum are not properly sterilized. If the machine is set too strong, the microcrystals can perforate the skin. If the applicator is improperly used, it can spray the microcrystals into the patient's eyes. These risks can be avoided by seeing a qualified dermatologist or a certified esthetician for the procedure.

However, there are a couple of risks and warnings in regarding health and prescriptions. Microdermabrasion can stimulate outbreaks in patients with herpes simplex, so these patients should take an oral antiviral medication before having a treatment session. Anyone who has take the acne prescription Accutane within six months should not have microdermabrasion, because the procedure can create a scar.

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