Skin Rejuvenation With Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is the Skin Rejuvenation Treatment of Choice for Many Women all Over the World!
Medical Microdermabrasion, also known as micro-resurfacing or mechanical exfoliation, is a non-surgical technique used to rejuvenate the skin by mechanical means. Since it does not use lasers or harsh chemicals, it is a virtually painless method of improving the skin, and the effects are instantaneous.
Due to the speed of results, the convenience and safety of the procedure, microdermabrasion has become immensely popular, so much so that is now hard to believe that the first microdermabrasion machine was not designed until 1985, and the technology did not reach the US until its FDA approval in 1996.
Microdermabrasion is ideal for treating fine lines and wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, hyperpigmentation and age spots, acne-prone skin, and generally helping to prevent the early signs of aging. It is especially helpful for helping your skin to absorb medications for the improvement of your skin.
This skin rejuvenation treatment is extremely popular with many celebrities, whose flawless complexions owe a great deal more to regular visits to the dermatologist for microdermabrasion sessions than they do to drinking lots of water and having a healthy diet, no matter what you read in interviews!
What Are the Benefits of Microdermabrasion?
Skin renews itself, naturally; however, as we age the process becomes more inefficient, due to skin damage. Exfoliation by Microdermabrasion is a fast, safe, effective and affordable way to strip away the dead skin cells, to reveal a healthier, smoother complexion.
As well as improving skin texture, it also promotes the growth of new skin cells, and stimulates the production of collagen.
Finally, a session of microdermabrasion will help your skin to absorb topical medications for the skin.
Is Microdermabrasion painful?
Microdermabrasion, when performed by a trained professional, is genuinely virtually painless. Your “new” skin may sting a little, but generally that will be the level of discomfort. No anaesthesia or painkillers should be necessary, which is also one more reason for the high safety record for this treatment.
Are the Effects Permanent?
Unfortunately, Microdermabrasion is not a permanent method of skin rejuvenation! You will need to have repeat sessions at your dermatologist, if you wish to maintain the results of your treatment.
What is the Difference Between Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion?
Many people do understandably get confused between Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion. However, they are very different procedures.
The difference between the two lies in the depth of the skin treatment. Microdermabrasion is performed to a much more superficial level, and can be thought of more as a spa treatment. Simply treating the outermost layer of the epidermis, it requires no recovery time.
Dermabrasion is very much not a spa treatment. Dermabrasion is a much deeper level of treatment, and should only be performed by a surgeon. Dermabrasion is a procedure useful for removing the deeper lines of the skin, and curing acne scars. But Dermabrasion will produce bleeding, scabbing, and will require a recovery time, whereas Microdermabrasion should not.
Is DIY Microdermabrasion at Home an Option?
We do not really recommend DIY microdermabrasion at home. Kits are available for those wishing to attempt home microdermabrasion, and these are quite heavily marketed.
But we believe that this treatment should only be performed by a trained professional.
Dermatology clinics do get a quite high number of patients who have attempted home microdermabrasion, with unfortunate results, which can include scars, pitting of the skin and broken capillaries.
There are enough products you can use to improve the appearance of your skin at home, and we are not saying that a trip to a dermatologist is always the best option, but microdermabrasion is best left to a professional!
Can Microdermabrasion Remove Acne Scars?
Microdermabrasion is not really a suitable treatment for the removal of acne scars. It should be thought of more as an exfoliation treatment, albeit a fairly vigorous one!
Microdermabrasion may be able to improve the appearance of the acne scars, but should not be expected to have much effect on them, and would certainly take several sessions.
True Dermabrasion would be a more appropriate alternative, but your best option would most likely be a laser treatment such as Fraxel, which is safe, and very effective for treating acne scars.
Does Microdermabrasion Improve the Appearance of Large Pores on the Face?
The size of the pores on the skin are caused primarily by genetic factors, and microdermabrasion can do little to impact upon the size of your pores. There are substances that can temporarily shrink the size of pores, such as Retinoids.
What Microdermabrasion can achieve is an unclogging of the pores, which will mean that your skin is less likely to break out in whiteheads and blackheads, as a result of the clogged and inflamed pores.
Can Microdermabrasion Remove Wrinkles and Fine Lines?
Microdermabrasion can have an effect on fine fines and wrinkles, especially when used in conjunction with Retinoids (which incidentally will be helped to be absorbed into the skin by the Microdermabrasion process. The procedure is also often combined with Facial Fillers or Botox, which will increase the results experienced.
Deeper lines and wrinkles will not be removed, due to the superficial level of microdermabrasion, so you should have realistic expectations. Expect noticeably softer, more radiant skin, but do not expect miracles. Remember that this is a quick, virtually painless, relatively affordable option with no recovery time necessary, and adjust your expectations accordingly!
How Effective Is Microdermabrasion for Freckle Removal?
Microdermabrasion is not intended to, and should not be expected to reduce or remove freckles. A far more appropriate treatment for Freckle Removal would be Laser Treatment, such as IPL which work by treating the pigmentation.
Are There Any Risks or Side Effects?
Microdermabrasion is an extremely safe, non-surgical procedure. This should not, however, fool you into thinking that just anyone can perform a microdermabrasion treatment.
Performed by someone who doesn’t know what they are doing, such as an inexperienced skin technician at a dermatologist, or yourself, using a home microdermabrasion machine, may result in significant skin damage, rather than the improved complexion you were hoping for! Broken capillaries and scarring are both possible complications that may arise when the procedure is performed by someone who is less than competent.
How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost?
Costs are fairly affordable, although they do vary depending on where you live, and how exclusive the clinic is. A typical cost will be between $300 and $500, and many cosmetic surgeons offer a deal on skin rejuvenation procedures if you are getting other, more expensive, treatments as well.
You do also need to remember that the actual cost will be dependent on the area being treated, and also the number of sessions required.