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What is Microdermabrasion?
Here at A New You we use a diamond-tip wand technique. The crystal wand is used to lightly exfoliate the skin, while suctioning removes dead skin and plugs from your pores. Microdermabrasion makes it easier for skin care treatments, such as chemical peels and acne medication, to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and helps collagen build, which is what gives skin its fresh youthful look.
When Should I Get Microdermabrasion Done?
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
- Smooth coarsely textured skin
- Decrease the appearance of scarring
- Decrease pore size
- And reduces superficial hyper-pigmentation (aka age spots)
How Does Microdermabrasion Help in the Treatment of Acne?
As mentioned above, the diamond-tip wand will exfoliate the skin while the suctioning will remove the dead skin and the pore plugs that cause acne. Microdermabrasion can also help in reducing some superficial acne scars. However, this only works on whiteheads, blackheads, and mild forms of acne. Those inpiduals that have moderate to severe acne we recommend a different treatment.
“During the “The Use Of Microdermabrasion For Acne” pilot study, 25 patients received 8 microdermabrasion treatments at weekly intervals. Approximately 96% percent of patients were pleased and would recommend it to others. According to this pilot study: medical microderm has satisfactory to excellent results on acne.” – www.skinabrasion.net/acne.html
What Skin Problems Are Not Suited For Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion works especially well as a way to clean out clogged pores. It's a useful alternative for patients whose skin is too sensitive to use anti-acne drugs like Retin-A. It's not recommended for those who have active oral herpes. Here's a list of the conditions that make someone unsuited for microdermabrasion:
- Active Rosacea
- Fragile Capillaries
- Vascular lesions
- Widespread acne
- Herpitic lesions (herpes)
- Open sores
- Skin lesions
- Anyone who takes anti-coagulants
- Diabetes Mellitus
Some Important Information on Microdermabrasion!
Microdermabrasion is one of the more recent skin-care techniques to have crossed over from Hollywood to the mainstream. It's being advanced as an "instant facelift"--an effective alternative to costlier and more invasive procedures like plastic surgery and Botox injections. Recently, more and more men are trying it, instead of pursuing cosmetic surgery.
So what exactly is microdermabrasion, what does it promise and what effect does it actually have on your face? Do you need a doctor, or is it something you can do yourself?
Microdermabrasion is a general term for the application of tiny rough grains to buff away the surface layer of skin. Many different products and treatments use this method, including medical procedures, salon treatments and creams and scrubs that you apply yourself at home. It's usually done to the face, chest, neck, arms or hands. Before we can understand how microdermabrasion does what it does, it's important to understand how skin works.
Your skin is made up of two main layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the layer closest to the outside world. It's a set of dead skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through.
When you put lotions or
creams on your skin, some of the moisture passes through the stratum corneum, but not all of it. This layer is home to many minor skin imperfections like fine wrinkle lines and blemishes.
All of the action in microdermabrasion takes place at the level of the stratum corneum. Since it only really targets the epidermis (and not the dermis), it is more accurate to call it micro-epi-dermabrasion. Affecting deeper layers of skin would be painful and harmful, and it would risk permanently embedding the tiny grains into the skin.
Whether done with a product at home or in a professional setting with a specialized tool, the principle of microdermabrasion is the same. The idea is that if you remove or break up the stratum corneum, the body interprets that as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new and healthy ones. In the first hour after treatment, this causes mild edema (swelling) and erythema (redness). Depending on the inpidual, these side effects can last anywhere from an hour to two days.
This process has a few beneficial effects. With the stratum corneum gone, the skin's surface is improved. The healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother. Some of the skin's visible imperfections, like sun damage, blemishes and fine lines, are removed. Also, without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, medicinal creams and lotions are more effective because more of their active ingredients and moisture can find their way down to the lower layers of skin. As microdermabrasion temporarily removes some moisture from the skin, it is always followed by the application of moisturizing creams.
Early studies suggest that repeated microdermabrasion treatment at regular intervals may influence the way the lower layers of skin grow, as well, removing deeper blemishes over time. Some evidence seems to indicate that the rapid loss of skin moisture may be what triggers the lower skin layers to work overtime in speeding healthy cells up to the surface.
When you go to a clinic or salon to get microdermabrasion done, the technician or dermatologist would use a specialized tool for the procedure. The tool shoots a stream of tiny crystals and collects the leftover dead skin cells and used crystals.
The vacuum action of the machine has four main functions:
- It pulls and raises a small section of skin to work on.
- It creates mild swelling and brings some of the impurities to the surface.
- It shoots a stream of crystals across the targeted skin patch.
- It collects the used crystals and dead skin for disposal.
Some tools perform all of these functions with one circuit. The suction process in these devices is called Venturi suction. More powerful versions use two circuits, one to shoot the crystals out and another to collect them.
There are also newer tools that use a single, diamond-tipped wand on the skin instead of a stream of particles.
The technician steadily moves the tool over the target area, applying even and steady pressure to remove the stratum corneum without affecting the lower skin layers. A standard session usually consists of one to three passes with the tool. In most cases, the patient is then asked to apply specialized lotions and creams to the affected area between sessions. This rehydrates the area and assists in promoting healthier new skin.