What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a distinctly modern procedure that proves to be an effective procedure in beauty. This unique skin treatment was developed Italian Drs. Mattioli and Brutto in the mid 1980s and has since caught on all over the world. Microdermabrasion is a skin resurfacing technique that has results similar to a chemical peel or a laser treatment.

The advantage of the microdermabrasion is that it is faster, less invasive, less dangerous, and less uncomfortable than other treatments with similar results. Unlike a chemical or laser peel, a microdermabrasion does not require any down time. It is possible to have a microdermabrasion in the afternoon and still hit the town that very night with fresh, smooth skin. Microdermabrasion is no more invasive or time consuming than a massage or manicure. This fast turnaround has made microdermabrasion a popular treatment.

Microdermabrasion is a technique that removes the fine outer layer of skin by revealing a fresh, young looking complexion, and causing the face to quickly regenerate new layers of smooth, flawless skin that can keep you looking great for weeks. Microdermabrasion can remove superficial scars and slight pits or dents in the facial surface, such as the minor scars sometimes caused by acne. It can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other fine lines, which is a boon to anyone looking for a way to make their face appear younger. A few half hour sessions of microdermabrasion can wipe away damage that has accumulated over a period of many years.

The equipment used in microdermabrasion can be intimidating the first time you undergo the procedure. A crystal microdermabrasion device sprays extremely fine crystals over the surface of the skin, and then applies gentle circular pressure that works the granules against the face to loosen the outer layer of skin. After this is complete, light suction lifts the loosened layer of skin away. The entire procedure usually takes between half an hour and an hour, and is often performed by an esthetician.

I was first introduced to a crystal microdermabrasion machine. It left my skin smooth and clear. The clients served received this treatment as a regular part of their facial treatment since I worked with a medical esthetician.  This type machine is slowly being phased out for a newer version.

The other type of microdermabrasion is the diamond tip. Estheticians no longer have to worry about the crystals spilling or getting into the eyes of clients. Both perform the same function. It is the choice of the technician which one they use. Whichever facial procedure you choose to have performed, be sure to see a professional esthetician.

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