Microdermabrasion is a procedure where the very top layers of the skin are removed to reveal a healthy, more glowing skin appearance. This procedure is designed to remove the stratum corneum and portions of the stratum granulosum of the epidermis, but does not induce bleeding since it does not get into any portion of the dermis.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a skin-freshening technique that helps repair facial skin that takes a beating from the sun and the effects of aging. Your medical care professional uses a device like a fine sandblaster to spray tiny crystals across the face, mixing gentle abrasion with suction to remove the dead, outer layer of skin. As with other skin rejuvenation techniques, more than one treatment may be needed to reduce or remove fine wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation. Other methods are also available that utilize a diamond fraise to essentially gently sand the skin.
How does Microdermabrasion work?
The hand piece emits crystals onto the surface of the skin, resulting in a gentle abrasion or “polishing” process. Each treatment takes from 30 minutes to an hour. The number of treatments recommended for maximal results can range between 5 and 12, spaced from 2 to 3 weeks apart. Maintenance of results requires periodic repeat treatments after the initial regimen is completed. Microdermabrasion may be combined with a light chemical peel to increase the effect.
What are the advantages of microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion leaves skin with a fresher, more glowing look. It diminishes sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, and coarse textured skin. Microdermabrasion also makes it easy for high-tech skin care products to actually penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and help build collagen, which gives skin its youthful appearance.
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