When people first hear the word ‘abrasion’, they just wonder what it has to do with their face or any other part of the body. It is only when the word ‘micro’ is added to it, they understand the difference. In fact, ‘microdermabrasion’ is considered as one of the effective ways used to reduce the signs of aging, or other surface irregularities of the skin like discoloration, hyperpigmentation, appearance of fine lines, and the like. Many people seek this treatment because it helps to regain a bright, healthy, smooth, and youthful skin.
To define it, microdermabrasion refers to a minimally-invasive process related to skincare which makes use of advanced exfoliation in order to minimize the dead skin cells which cause a dullish appearance to the skin. Normally, your skin sheds old cells on a regular basis. However, when aging happens, this process becomes slower which leads to the accumulation of dead skin cells. The process of microdermabrasion speeds up this exfoliation process by way of “sanding” the outermost layer of the skin, thus revealing the fresh, heathier skin which lies beneath. At Advance Laser Clinic, we have expert aestheticians who deal with this treatment and have often received returning customers. In fact, our popularity as skincare specialists is attributed to these customers who spread word of mouth regarding our services.
How is Microdermabrasion Done?
As the initial step, the clients are invited for a free consultation and the experienced aestheticians at Advance Laser Clinic examine their skin and discuss the concerns regarding the issue. After this procedure, they offer information about microdermabrasion and explains the procedure. This treatments works more or less like an intense facial.
During this process, the aesthetician cleans and tones the skin. Hot steam is used here to open up the pores. Then the microdermabrasion procedure is carried out using a tiny, handheld device which makes use of aluminum oxide crystals to polish the topmost layer of the skin. This removes the dead skin cells, thus presenting the new, smoother skin which lies beneath. Alternatively, our technicians also make use of a diamond-encrusted tool to suction out the dead skin cells and gently polish the uppermost layer of the skin.
Although you may have concerns on only a particular area of your face like for example, age spots which occur on the forehead, this procedure would be carried out on the entire face so as to maintain an even skin tone. After this procedure, the skin is treated with a calming toner, a moisturizer, and a sunblock.
Normally, the duration of treatment last for about 30 to 45 minutes. However, the time needed for the procedure depends on the severity of the skin condition, the number of areas that are to be treated, and the size of the concerned areas. In fact, certain skin conditions may require several sessions in order to get optimum results. A majority of the patients see complete makeover after about four to six sessions of treatment, with each of these being done in the gap of two weeks. However, you can notice the difference in the skin tone even after the first session of the treatment is over.
The common side effects of microdermabrasion include the occurrence of a temporary reddish or pink skin tone, or a sensation of tightness, or sensitivity to sun. For this reason, it is highly recommended to apply sunscreen soon after the treatment is completed and thereafter, on a regular basis. Further, exfoliation of the skin is not advisable for quite a few days after this procedure. Much to the relief of the customers, the good news it offers is that no downtime is required for this procedure and they can move ahead with their day-to-day activities immediately after each session is finished.
What Condition Does Microdermabrasion Treats?
The process of microdermabrasion eliminates cellular debris and smoothens uneven and bumpy skin. Further, it helps to brighten the dull appearance of the skin and minimize fine lines and wrinkles, appearance of acne scars, pores, and so on. It can also be minimize the effects of sun damage. Furthermore, it helps to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin for longer periods of time, thus giving the skin a healthy, soft, smooth, and youthful appearance.Though, a majority of the patients seek this treatment for facial concerns, it can be done on areas such as neck, hands, feet, back, etc.
Benefits of Microdermabrasion
Firstly, as the dead skin cells are removed from the face, it reveals a softer, smoother, and radiant skin. Microdermabrasion cleans out the pores which are often clogged with dirt, oil, debris, and dead skin cells. When pores become clogged with unwanted debris, they are enlarged. Pulling out this dirt would enable the pores to reduce in size, thus presenting a radiant glow to the face. Another benefit of microdermabrasion is that it is quite effective for treating fine lines as well as wrinkles. The removal of the outermost layer of the epidermis around the lines and wrinkles make them less visible. While this happens, the collagen production gets stimulated and this helps to speed up the process of skin cell renewal, thus creating a new layer of skin which looks afresh.
Scars can also be treated using this method. The outer surface of the skin would be eliminated using a handheld device. Though this is a time-consuming process, over some sessions of treatment, the difference can be seen with a reduction in scarring. Microdermabrasion is often used for treating stretch marks as well. In this case, many sessions would be needed to notice considerable effect since stretch marks normally occur in the skin layer which is underneath. The microdermabrasion procedure would not reach this layer, but it helps to reduce the stretch marks by getting the skin closer to the level of the stretch marks, thus making it less visible.
Other benefits include smoothing out rough or coarsely-textured skin, minimizing the effects caused by sun damage, reducing hyperpigmentation and age spots, etc.
To sum it up, since microdermabrasion makes the skin younger, rejuvenated, and refreshed, it should be necessarily be a part of the skincare regimen.