Microdermabrasion

 

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a general term for the application of tiny rough grains to buff away the surface layer of skin. It's usually done to the face, chest, neck, arms or hands. Professional level of Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic technique that uses powerful mechanical exfoliation along with adjustable suction to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis through either crystal microdermabrasion technology or the diamond-tip microdermabrasion. It is a non-invasive procedure, which is performed in-office by a trained skin care professional.


 

How does Microdermabrasion 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.
The crystal microdermabrasion device consists of a compressor that draws in air through a hand-held wand. When the wand touches the skin, a vacuum is created. Aluminum oxide crystals, also known as corundum (the second-hardest mineral next to diamonds), blast across the skin’s surface, picking up dead surface skin cells along the way. The crystals and dead skin cells are quickly sucked up through a different tube in the same wand and go to a disposal bag.
The depth of exfoliation is controlled by the strength of the vacuum and crystal flow, which is determined by esthetician. He or she makes two passes over your skin, sometimes a third if your skin is thick enough or if there is an area that needs special attention, like a scar or brown spot.
Diamond-tip microdermabrasion uses the same vacuum technology and hand-held wand, but there aren't any crystals moving through the tip. The diamond tip itself exfoliates the skin and the vacuum whisks the dead skin away. There are many different tips with various grades of roughness, and the specialist chooses the correct one for your skin type and condition.


The Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion provides benefits of anti-aging treatments which softens fine lines and wrinkles, helps to smooth coarsely textured skin, decreases the appearance of scarring, decreases pore size, and reduces superficial hyper-pigmentation, as well as age spots.  Microdermabrasion also makes it easier for high-tech skin care products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, which gives skin its youthful appearance. For the best results, it is generally recommended get a series of treatments. Our specialist can recommend the number that is appropriate for your skin type and condition. A typical protocal is about six treatments about 10 to 14 days apart.
Because the machine can be adjusted depending on skin type and condition, even people with sensitive skin can get a treatment from a skilled specialist.
Microdermabrasion itself takes about 30 minutes and there's no down-time for the skin to recover. That's why it's also sometimes called a "lunchtime peel."



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