Microdermabrasion, also known as Microderm, is an effective and safe anti-aging skin treatment to improve the effects of aging (wrinkles) as well as the sun-beaten skin.
The technique is gaining more and more popularity for its ease of operation and benefits.
Before gaining more knowledge about this treatment, it is good to know about the skin.
The skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin.
It contains a set of dead skin cells that covers one more layer of cells called the stratum conreum, the very outer level of the epidermis that acts as a barrier to prevent harm to the lower levels of the skin.
Lamentably, the stratum conreum layer tends to emphasize flaws of the skin such as fine lines and wrinkles. These skin imperfections can be treated easily using microdermabrasion, a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that help remove the stratum conreum, the very outermost layer of the epidermis.
Thus, microdermabrasion is generally considered as a skin polishing technique in which the superficial layer of skin is scraped away gently.
In addition to the diminition of fine lines and wrinkles, the microdermabrasion also helps in fading the age spots and the exterior skin damages that result from over exposure to the sun, blemished skin, acne spots, enlarged pores, keratoses, thickened skin and brown spots, rhytides, and skin pigmentation or skin burns.
The procedure of microdermabrasion is quick and relatively painless and takes a minimum of fifteen to thirty minutes. It is generally performed by a plastic surgeon. In order to perform this procedure, the surgeon uses a hand held device that resembles a fine sandblaster.
However, before using the device, the skin is cleansed thoroughly using an antiseptic agent. The device then gently emits a jet spray of aluminum oxide crystals onto your skin.
A small vacuum within the device unites the gentle scrape of these particles with suction to remove the dead skin cells and damaged outer layers of the skin.
The wastes and harmful particles of the skin are then sucked back into the waste container of the tube for discarding. This helps bring back a fresh, younger-looking skin beneath.
The crystals (sugar-fine mineral) of the microdermabrasion then softly eliminate the damaged surface cells and polish the face.
The suction stimulates the flow of blood, which enhances the supply of the nutrition to the skin cells, thus improving the cell production as well as the elasticity and texture of the skin, making the skin smoother and able to retain hydration.
To achieve the effective results of microdermabrasion, the surgeon may recommend six to twelve sittings for every three to four weeks. To view the desired results, it normally takes four to six weeks after the treatment. However, the recovery period varies from person to person depending on the condition.
Once the initial treatments are completed, the surgeon suggests other periodic restoring treatments to maintain the skin after surgery. Finally, the doctor often prescribes topical creams and lotions to gain the advantages of microdermabrasion.