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|Are You a Candidate for Microdermabrasion?|
Microdermabrasion is useful for treating and approving the appearance of:
If you are interested in microdermabrasion, talk to your skin care professional about different treatment options. During this consultation, be prepared to discuss your treatment goals. In general, microdermabrasion is a safe and effective treatment. However, only you and your skin care professional can decide whether this treatment is right for you.
Are you frustrated by the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, black heads, acne scars or stretch marks? If so, microdermabrasion may be an effective treatment option for improving your skin’s appearance. Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical way to rejuvenate the skin.
The skin is made up of two layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the top skin layer and is made of mature skin cells as well as those that have died. The topmost part of the epidermis is known as the “stratum corneum,” which acts as a barrier between the outside world and your lower skin layers. The stratum corneum is the skin layer that is home to many imperfections, including fine lines and blemishes, as well as dead, dry skin cells.
Microdermabrasion specifically targets the stratum corneum, removing dead and dying skin cells.
Microdermabrasion uses an abrasive instrument with tiny sand particles or a single, diamond-tipped wand to gently break up the stratum cornea. Professional treatments use a specialized tool equipped with a stream of tiny crystals and a vacuum suction to collect the leftover dead skin cells. The body interprets this abrasion as a minor injury and rushes to replace lost skin cells with new healthy ones.
Initially following treatment there may be mild swelling and redness. Depending on skin sensitivity, this swelling and redness can last between a few hours or up to two days. Once the swelling and redness is gone, the skin will feel smoother thanks to the new, healthy skin cells. Additionally, some of the skin’s visible imperfections, including fine lines, blemishes and sun damage, will be removed. Finally, by disturbing the stratum corneum, this temporarily removes the skin’s outer barrier, so the active ingredients in creams and moisturizers can penetrate through to the lower layers of skin. Following treatment, most skin care professionals will recommend a special moisturizer or facial product to penetrate the stratum corneum and prolong treatment results.
Studies suggest that repeated microdermabrasion treatments are an effective way to promote new skin growth while removing fine lines and deep blemishes. Microdermabrasion is especially effective for cleaning out clogged pores. It is a popular alternative treatment for individuals with skin that is too sensitive for anti-acne drugs like Retin-A. Depending on the severity of skin damage, most individuals receive an initial two treatments in the first month, followed by monthly treatments as part of a maintenance plan.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons, "Mircrodermabrasion Treatments." 2014
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