Historically, ancient Egyptians used pumice stone and power to abrade their skin to improve skin tone – an approach that is similar to dermabrasion. Today, microdermabrasion is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments currently performed. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery estimates that microdermabrasion is the second most widely utilized cosmetic procedure after injection of botulinum toxin or BOTOX.
Microdermabrasion has surpassed almost all other forms of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures including chemical peels, injectable fillers, and botulinum toxin injections.
How Does It Work
In the microdermabrasion procedures, microcrystals are deposited on the skin via short, rapid strokes of the hand piece. A tube contained within the hand piece of the microdermabrasion machine simultaneously aspirates the crystals and skin debris. The vacuum pressure and the resulting particle flow rate determine the volume of particles that impact the skin and cause the abrasion.
Skin depth to which the particles are producing the abrasion affect is also an important determinant for the outcome of the microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is also dependent on strength of the flow of crystals, speed of movement of the hand piece and the number of passes per anatomic site.
Slow movement of the hand piece and a higher number of passes increases the depth of microdermabrasion. With the use of dual motors it is possible to provide a range of microdermabrasion treatment levels to accommodate different skin types and skin conditions.
The microdermabrasion procedure reduces the effect of aging naturally with a deep cleanse that helps reduce open pores, spots and blemishes. Microdermabrasion can also blend stretch marks and soften uneven skin appearance.
What Can I Expect After the Microdermabrasion Treatment?
More even, glowing and smoother skin tones with less acne. Microdermabrasion side effects are rare and generally temporary. The specific risks and the suitability of microdermabrasion procedures for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All microdermabrasion procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications from microdermabrasion that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. There is no down time after microdermabrasion and individuals return to regular activities the same day.
Microdermabrasion benefits include:
- Reduces acne scars on the face and back
- Reduces acne
- Reduces white heads and black heads
- No down time
- Minimal risk
- Reduces wrinkles, fine lines, brown spots, melasma, freckles and sun damage
- Reduces hyperpigmentation, traumatic scars, enlarged pores and collagen stimulation
- Improvement of general skin tone
How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost?
$99 for single full face treatment – SAVE – Buy 5 microdermabrasion treatments, get the 6th treatment for FREE!
- Pearl E. Grimes, Microdermabrasion, Dermatol Surg 31:9 Part 2: September 2005
- James M. Spencer, Microdermabrasion, Am J Clin Dermatol, 6 (2): 89-92, 2005