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Microdermabrasion helps promote healthy skin and reverse skin damage caused by many factors.


Definition of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that gently removes the outer layer of skin in order to reveal newer, fresher looking skin.

Overview of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a popular cosmetic facial rejuvenation procedure that helps renew the skin and erase many of the effects of time and damage. It is used to treat the effects of sun-damaged skin, age spots, freckles, and fine lines and wrinkles. It is beneficial for treating oily skin, acne prone skin, acne scars, blackheads, whiteheads, and enlarged visible pores. It is also possible to remove or lessen scars and superficial skin pigmentation with microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is often called the "lunch time peel" because a treatment session only takes about 15 - 30 minutes and the patient can return to work without needing a recovery period. The procedure is performed by most dermatologists, but since it does not require medical oversight, it is commonly offered with other facial spa treatments in day spas as well.

Microdermabrasion helps promote healthy skin and reverse skin damage caused by many factors. Some of the factors affecting skin appearance are things we cannot control, such as age, heredity, facial trauma, and scars from diseases or acne. Many factors affecting skin damage we can control, however, such as sun exposure, smoking, use of alcohol, nutrition, skin cleansing and moisturizing habits.

In addition to treating aging skin with microdermabrasion, healthy skin can be promoted by limiting sun exposure, using sunblock everyday, wearing hats and sunglasses outside, good nutrition, and following proper cleansing and moisturizing routines.

Purpose of Microdermabrasion

The purpose of microdermabrasion is to resurface the skin in order to erase signs of aging, acne, or facial scars. It helps to remove or lessen sunspots, age spots, freckles, acne scars, large visible pores, fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help control and lessen acne outbreaks by removing oil and dirt that may be clogging the pores and help medicated acne creams and lotions penetrate the skin easier.

How Microdermabrasion Works

During the procedure, the dermatologist or spa technician will use a hand held device to spray tiny crystals onto the skin. This mild abrasive gently removes the older outer layers of skin and exposes the healthier, younger looking layers of skin underneath. Goggles are placed over the eyes to protect them from the spray. Microdermabrasion is not considered painful and anaesthetic is not required.

Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion will improve the appearance of your skin, promote growth of new skin cells, and allow the skin to more easily absorb medicated acne creams and lotions. The skin will look younger and fresher and overall your face will look healthier.

Risks of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure with a very low risk level and virtually no recovery time needed. About the only effect experienced by most patients is some redness in the treated area for about an hour after the procedure and that's it.

Cost of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is one of the most affordable cosmetic facial rejuvenation procedures available. The cost can vary depending on where you live and where you go for the treatment but the average cost is about $175.00 for each 15-30 minute session. In comparison, a chemical peel costs over $600, laser skin resurfacing averages about $2400, and a facelift is at least $5000.

A typical patient undergoes a series of four to eight sessions with about one to three weeks between treatments. Some patients may be happy with the results after one treatment. The number of treatments will depend on the condition of the skin and the desired results.

External Resources

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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