It is common knowledge that the skin is the body’s largest organ. Not only that, but it is the natural barrier we humans have to protect us against the sun’s rays, pollution, and other damaging agents. Consequently, there have been many treatments designed to restore, aid and maintain the skin’s health. In recent years, Microdermabrasion has emerged as one of the most popular and effective treatments designed to reduce or virtually “scrub away” certain skin imperfections.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses micro-crystals. to exfoliate and remove the outer layer (epidermis) of dead, skin cells. A specialized tool disrupts the epidermis which the body then interprets as a slight “injury.” In response to this “injury” the body reacts by replacing the lost skin with new, healthy cells. This ultimately results in the skin regenerating itself by increasing its collagen production. Collagen restores the elasticity and suppleness of skin. Microdermabrasion has been proven to be effective in treating skin conditions such as:
- Stretch marks
- Age spots
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Crow’s feet
- Mild acne scars
Microdermabrasion treatments are not for everyone, however. Persons who should not receive Microdermabrasion therapy include those who have vascular lesions, herpes lesions, open sores, anyone who is taking anti-coagulants, has Erythematosus or diabetes mellitus and certain other individuals. (Ask your doctor if you are in doubt as to whether or not you are a candidate for Microdermabrasion.)
No medication is needed when preparing for Microdermabrasion treatment but patients who smoke may wish to stop a week before the procedure in order to improve blood flow. Your doctor may also warn you against taking certain medications leading up to the treatments. During the actual procedure a clinician will guide a hand-held device over the affected area. This device delivers a stream of minute aluminum oxide crystals against the skin. This device will work to both exfoliate the skin and pull away dead cells and micro-crystals. Generally 4-8 treatments spaced 1-2 weeks apart are needed in order to reap the maximum benefits from this procedure. Microdermabrasion itself usually takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the condition being treated and the area being covered. The procedure is relatively pain-free but may cause a slight warming sensation.
After the Procedure
Because the procedure is relatively non-invasive, people who undergo Microdermabrasion treatments are usually able to return to work immediately after leaving the doctor’s office. There may be some reddening of the skin in the treated areas but this can be covered over by makeup. Also, the doctor may give you a sunscreen and/or a moisturizer to be used as the skin may feel dry for the first 24 hours or so. The results of Microdermabrasion are usually seen right away.
Microdermabrasion therapy has become one of the most popular methods available today for treating damaged skin caused by factors such as the environment, aging, disease, etc. Microdermabrasion treatments should be done by a trained and licensed aesthetician but, there are many products that can be done at home. However, these results will not be comparable to a professional treatment. Either way, Microdermabrasion is a great method available for restoring the skin’s suppleness and elasticity that is lost over time.