Microdermabrasion is the process of using air-blown sand type crystals to gently clean the skin and remove blemishes. Epidermal abrasion is a safe process that is performed over several sessions. Age and skin condition will determine the number of treatments. For most skin disorders, a minimum of five treatments is recommended. It is an effective way of improving the skin without using chemicals or laser treatments.
Epidermal abrasion treatments remove the dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells from the top layers of the skin. The process is usually performed on the face, but other areas where it has been effective include the neck, chest, hands, back, and feet. The result is smooth and soft skin.
What skin problems does it treat?
Microdermabrasion is performed on men and women who are afflicted with clogged or enlarged pores, acne, wrinkles and fine lines, sun damaged skin, age spots, blackheads, stretch marks, discolorations, and skin blemishes. The process can also treat acne scarring and reduce oily and dry skin. This also stimulates the development of collagen.
How does it work?
A microdermabrasion treatment involves a “microderm machine” that produces a pressurized stream of crystals on the skin’s surface. There are a variety of crystals used and include aluminum oxide, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium oxide, zinc oxide, corundum, and sodium chloride. Aluminum oxide tends to be main crystal that is used. Treat alternatives include Vibraderm, which uses a vibrating paddle. The speed of the device acts as a gentle abrasive, which removes the surface layers of the skin. Removing the surface layers leaves the skin smooth and clean. The microdermabrasion also stimulates the flow of blood, which carries nutrients that regenerates and repairs the skin. The result is much healthier skin.
Treatment of the face can be performed in 15 to 30 minutes. You should allow a week between each session. .Pre-consultations are required before treat is performed. The skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure so most physicians recommend using sunscreen following a microdermabrasion session.
Can treatment be used on all skin types?
The benefit of using epidermal abrasion is that it is safe to use on all skin types. Chemical peels and laser treatment can be harsh on sensitive skin. It is not painful so it does not require anesthesia. There are minimal side affects which may include temporary redness or swelling that lasts only a couple of hours. If there is slight crusting on the skin, it can be treated with a skin cleanser and topical antibiotic. Although treat is a safe procedure, there are people who should not have it. This includes people with herpes lesions, rosacea, open sores or lesions, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, and lupus
To prepare your skin for treatment, make sure it is clean, free of oil, and dry. The skin should not be afflicted with a sunburn or rashes. If you have any skin diseases, inform your physician before starting treatment.
What about the costs?
The cost of treat varies according to the type of microdermabrasion device used, your skin, geographic location of where you are receiving the treatment, and who is performing the treatment. The average cost can range from $75 to $350 per session. For a more accurate cost, consult your physician.
Our skin is composed of millions of cells. Each day thousands of these cells die and are replaced by new cells. The harsh elements in the environment take a toll on our skin. Debris and bacteria build up on the skin’s surface and prevents dead skin cells from falling off. The microdermabrasion process safely and effectively peels off the dead skin layer leaving healthy and rejuvenated skin.