Microdermabrasion is an increasingly popular skin treatment for a variety of different conditions. Unlike its predecessors, microdermabrasion is able to treat a wide range skin problems quickly, painlessly and without any post-treatment downtime. Microdermabrasion treatment is most commonly used to treat the following skin conditions:
Probably the single biggest advantage that microdermabrasion has over alternative skin treatments is that a microdermabrasion patient can return to normal daily activities after receiving the treatment. Many other skin treatments used for the same skin conditions involve post-treatment swelling and require days off work. This makes microdermabrasion an ideal treatment for people wanting improved skin without disrupting their daily life over it.
Microdermabrasion treatment is an advanced form of exfoliation. Exfoliation means removing the most superficial layer of skin which is ordinarily composed of dead skin cells.
Everybody has dead skin cells on their top layer of facial and body skin and the body is continuously in the process of replacing these dead cells by producing new skin cells. Microdermabrasion treatment speeds up the process by removing more dead skin cells in a shorter period of time. This encourages the faster production of more fresh skin cells.
In practical terms this means fresher and more healthy looking skin and if the microdermabrasion treatment process is repeated several times the continual regeneration of fresh skin cells results in reduced lines, wrinkles, stretch marks and scars.
The growth of the microdermabrasion treatment industry has led to innovations and there are currently a few different microdermabrasion systems available. In terms of professional microdermabrasion systems there are two choices:
Crystal microdermabrasion systems are the traditional treatment of choice and rely on tiny crystals that are blasted onto the skin to perform the exfoliating process. Although the crystal microdermabrasion system is still widely used, the introduction of alternatives has led to a trend away from this treatment system.
Diamond microdermabrasion systems operate without the need for crystals. The exfoliation process occurs when a diamond tipped head makes contact with the skin and abrades against it. In both crystal and diamond microdermabrasion systems the dead skin cells are sucked away from the face.
Home microdermabrasion systems are an increasingly popular alternative to professional treatments. These are cheap and very easy to perform, and although not as powerful as professional systems, can produce good results over time. There is a great deal of competition in the home microdermabrasion systems market with most of the big cosmetics and skin care brands launching their own home systems.
Being a microdermabrasion patient is particularly appealing because there is no need to experience many of the things that patients of other treatments go through. Because microdermabrasion treatment is painless there is no need for anaesthetic. There is also no need to undertake a restrictive diet or any other pre-treatment preparations. The experience of being a microdermabrasion patient is very easy and convenient and requires little to be done other than adequate research and choosing a a good microdermabrasion treatment provider.
Microdermabrasion results are effective; however, it’s important to understand the basic limitation of microdermabrasion treatment. Because, microdermabrasion only treats the outermost layer of skin it can have no effect on skin conditions that exist at deeper levels of skin. Microdermabrasion cannot produce great results against deeply pitted acne scars or old white stretch marks. However, there are some cases where microdermabrasion works in conjunction with other treatments to produce a synergistic effect with excellent results against even deep skin conditions.
In order to see significant results expect to undergo a series of treatments. It can take anywhere between 4-12 microdermabrasion treatments to see good results depending on your condition.
Results of microdermabrasion are long lasting but not permanent. Once results are obtained from completing an initial series of treatments, a periodical follow up treatment every 3 months is recommended in order to maintain results.
On this site we’ve tried to provide as much information as possible on every aspect of microdermabrasion treatment systems. This should give you the knowledge and confidence to decide if microdermabrasion treatment can help you and what treatment system you’ prefer.
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