What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a skin procedure that produces excellent results on the skin. Microdermabrasion is used to rejuvenate the skin to make it appear fresher and smoother, softer and more radiant. It is suitable for all skin types, and can be done on men and woman. Those over the age of 12 and under the age of 65 are the best candidates for microdermabrasion. Once in a while, those under the age of 12 are allowed to use microdermabrasion under the supervision of a doctor or surgeon. Those over the age of 70 are discouraged from using the treatment as microdermabrasion is not good for skin that is that thin. Those that are not good candidates for microdermabrasion include those with active acne, warts, open sores or lesions, those who take anti-coagulants, those with bacterial infections, and those that have conditions such as eczema or dermatitis.
There are many great results to using microdermabrasion. The microdermabrasion results include smaller pores, cleaner pores, a decrease in acne scars, smoother skin, smooth out bumps on the skin known as keratosis pilaris, fade dark spots and age spots, help eliminate sun damage, improve dull or oily skin, even out hyperpigmentation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and enhance circulation and lymph flow, which will essentially create a healthier skin internally.
Microdermabrasion works the best when a series of treatments are done. For ultimate microdermabrasion results it is usually recommended between six to ten treatments, they will be scheduled every seven to ten days apart. Your skin specialist will be able to tell you how many you will need when you meet for a consultation or how many are recommended for the condition you would like to treat. Results are seen immediately. After the first treatment, smoother skin will be seen. Skin will also feel tighter. After the fifth treatment, skin will see a huge effect of smaller pores, and fewer lines and wrinkles. After all treatments are done, the skin will see dramatic results in better coloring, tone, clarity, and texture. More youthful skin will be produced. New layers of skin will be produced, that have more collagen and elastin, which will give the skin a radiant glow.
Different types of Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is done quickly on the skin with no anesthesia. There are two types of microdermabrasion, crystal microdermabrasion and diamond -tip microdermabrasion. With crystal microdermabrasion, a hand held wand will shoot aluminum oxide crystals onto the face, which will latch themselves onto dead skin cells. Both will be sucked up vacuum style by the wand. The depth of the exfoliation will be controlled by the derma practitioner. One to three passes are made over the skin. It will not be painful, but some could feel some mild discomfort.
With diamond-tip microdermabrasion, there are no crystals used. However, a wand is still used to vacuum up the dead skin cells after the diamond-tip exfoliates the skin. There are many different kinds of tips, which your derma practitioner will be able to pick from to give the desired treatment on the skin.
Microdermabrasion after care
Do note that after microdermabrasion, the skin is very sensitive. A sunscreen will need to be worn and the sun should be avoided. The skin will be sensitive to heat, perfume, and chemicals. Following a microdermabrasion series, the thickness of the dermis is increased, as is the thickness of the epidermis. Collagen fibers are increased in the dermis and they appear to be thicker. There will be an increase in blood flow in the dermis, which will start the repair process.
Microdermabrasion is a wonderful procedure that many opt to have done because it is quick, painless, and really works. The results that many have seen are phenomenal. Younger looking skin with fewer lines and wrinkles, smaller pores, faded hyperpigmentation, less oily skin.