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All About Medical Microdermabrasion

April 5, 2017

Medical microdermabrasion is a fantastic cosmetic procedure that many people will have heard of, but not tried. This is a real shame, because it can rejuvenate your skin and make you feel and look much healthier and happier. This post hopes to offer up some insights into this non-invasive procedure to fill you in.

So, What is Microdermabrasion?

Aside from being a mouthful, medical microdermabrasion is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. It is usually performed on the face, and uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin and remove the superficial layers of dead, dried out skin cells. It works like a buffer on your skin using a stream of fine crystals, or a diamond tip, to cleanse your face at a cellular level. Some systems even provide suction to vacuum up any loose skin cells.

What is Microdermabrasion Best Suited For?

There are many patients that can see benefits from microdermabrasion as a treatment. However, some of the types of patients that will get the most from this procedure will be people with fine lines, uneven pigmentation or clogged pores. Over a series of treatments, melasma patients and people using retinoids can also see some major improvements to their complexion.

At-Home or In-Office Dermabrasion?

There are two big differences between an at-home dermabrasion treatment and one conducted in a doctor’s office. Firstly, the kits used in an office will be much more powerful which can make them more effective. Office treatments feature large motors that can get further into the skin and exfoliate at a deeper level. Secondly, doctor’s office treatments are going to cost a substantial amount more. So it is suggested to use over the counter exfoliating treatments between your office visits. For optimal results, you should not rely on the at-home dermabrasion.

How Often Should I go For Treatments?

Your time between microdermabrasion treatments will depend on your own finances and skin. Generally speaking, in-office treatments are scheduled for once a month or every two months. At-home kits can be used weekly, or even daily use.

Does it Hurt?

If you are doing it right, there should be no pain associated with microdermabrasion at all. A little redness on the affected area of skin is expected, but it should only last a few hours. If your skin feels sensitive after a treatment, topical moisturisers or sunscreen can be used to cool the area. If you notice any red welts appearing on the application, then an oral antihistamine should help clear up any adverse reactions.

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