Microdermabrasion is a procedure that helps reverse the damage caused to your skin by pollution, the sun, or other toxins in the air. It can change your appearance by reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet, acne scars, age spots and other abnormalities.
How does Microdermabrasion Work?
The procedure involves sprays of microcrystals that are blasted gently onto the surface of the skin so that the dead cells are removed, leaving behind healthy skin that is smoother and younger appearing. It stimulates the growth of the underlying skin layers so that you have more elastin and collagen in the tissues. Microdermabrasion is a gentler procedure than is dermabrasion, which is a procedure that gets rid of deep lines and wrinkles, including scars.
Who is a candidate?
Those people who are great candidates for microdermabrasion are physically healthy and are realistic about the possible outcomes. If you can’t take the time to recover from dermabrasion or a facelift, this is the way to go.
How much does it cost?
Microdermabrasion costs depend on how large a surface area is to be covered by the procedure, your geographic location, and on the doctor who is doing the procedure. It is a less expensive procedure than most other cosmetic surgery procedures and is generally quite affordable.
Benefits and Risks of the Procedure
This procedure can be done on your “lunch hour” and is generally safe and effective. It works well to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, remove pigmented areas and makes acne scars look less obvious. Those who have it get a really fresh, glowing appearance after having the procedure done. The crystals are non-allergenic so that it is an excellent procedure for those who have really sensitive skin. Minor irritation of the skin is temporary and rare.
The Procedure itself
When doing a microdermabrasion procedure, the cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist makes use of a handheld device that puts crystals on the skin under some force. The crystals polish the skin and remove the top layer of dead skin cells. The end result is a positive change in your appearance.
Recovering from Microdermabrasion
This is a very quick and painless procedure that has virtually no recovery time. You might have a bit of irritation if you have sensitive skin but, overall, you can leave the doctor’s office feeling perfectly normal. The result of the microdermabrasion after several treatments are generally favorable and people are usually happy with the results. You can put on makeup as soon as you are finished having the procedure.
Talking with your Doctor
Speak with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to see if microdermabrasion is the procedure for you. He or she will examine your skin and will tell you if this procedure will help improve the look of your skin.