Thursday, December 1, 2016

An In-Depth Guide to Microdermabrasion

The first microdermabrasion machine was approved by the FDA in 1996. Since then, there has been countless devices in the market from state of the art ones used in clinics, to the best at home microdermabrasion machines.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non invasive method of skin renewal and rejuvenation. The device used is a hand piece with very small pieces of gentle abrasives suctioning dead skin off the surface of the epidermis. This process exfoliates the skin while removing it of impurities and rejuvenates the skin. The new layer is now new, more supple, and youthful.

This process is then repeated periodically for best results. There will be an increase in collagen and elastin production, improving then skin's appearance in the long run. It can address hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration, superficial acne scars, sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.

What can microdermabrasion treat?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Superficial acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Dull skin
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads

Who is microdermabrasion ideal for?

  • Those who can't afford down times caused by chemical peels
  • Those who have sensitive skin that can't tolerate chemical peeling
  • Acne prone and oily skin
  • Mature skin who are looking to rejuvenate
  • Those suffering from skin discoloration like acne scars and age spots

What areas of the body can you use microdermabrasion on?

  • Face and décolleté 
  • Hands
  • Elbows and knees
  • Abdomen and belly for stretch marks

What type of skin can it be used on?

Microdermabrasion can be used on all skin types and skin color.

How safe are the treatments?

The process is very safe, as the strength will start very low. There is very little to no side effects as long as the proper procedure is observed. Anesthesia or numbing creams are also applied prior to the treatment.

For those with extra sensitive skin, a faint sunburn sensation can be felt. Just make sure to avoid the sun and application of heavy makeup at least 12 hours after the procedure to avoid irritation.

It's microdermabrasion covered by insurance?

Yes, but this depends on your insurance provider and current skin condition. This procedure is most reimbursable.