What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion refers to a whole class of devices that remove a very superficial portion of the skin through a number of different methods and techniques. Some microdermabrasion treatments involve paddles or crystals that are passed along the surface of the skin with a suction wand that removes the dead skin layer. Other treatment methods include the use creams with abrasive particulates that are rubbed onto the skin. The most common types of professional microdermabrasion treatments are crystal microdermabrasion and diamond microdermabrasion.
Crystal microdermabrasion systems are the traditional treatment of choice. They rely on tiny crystals that are blasted onto the skin to perform the exfoliating process. Although the crystal microdermabrasion system is popular, other alternatives such as the diamond microdermabrasion have been intorduced. Diamond microdermabrasion systems operate without the need for crystals. The exfoliation process occurs when diamond tipped head makes contact with the skin and rubs against it. In both crystals and diamond microdermabrasion systems the dead skin cells are sucked away.
Who Can Benefit From Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion helps improve and reduce fine lines, age spots and other superficial skin problems. The treatment is also helpful with oily and enlarged pores, blackheads and some acne and surgical scars. Microdermabrasion can be used medically for scar removal and works best when the scar is raised above the surrounding skin.
Microdermabrasion has been found to stimulate the creation of collagen and cell turnover. Following a microdermabrasion treatment, the skin will feel smoother and have improved texture.
Does Microdermabrasion Hurt?
The procedure is virtually painless and requires no anaesthetic solutions. Microdermabrasion treatments may be combined with other techniques such as a chemical peel in an attempt to get greater results.