Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular “lunchtime procedure” performed as it is a very effective treatment in dealing with minor imperfections of the upper layer of the skin. The procedure takes approximately 15-30 minutes, with no discomfort or downtime and results are immediate.
The procedure involves mechanically removing the outer dead layer of the skin using aluminum or sodium crystals and gentle vacuum pressure. By doing so, skin is exfoliated and refreshed. This result in improvement in skin tone, refinement of pores, softening of fine lines or scars, fewer breakouts and a more radiant healthier glow of the skin. Skin may be slightly flushed or pink after the procedure and makeup can be applied as needed. The procedure is virtually painless and does not require any anesthesia.
For ideal results, Microdermabrasion is done in a series of 5 treatments, every 2-3 weeks apart. Maintenance is recommended at one treatment every 6-10 weeks. With repeated treatments, Microdermabrasion can result to smoother skin tone; tighter pores and reduced appearance of fine lines, acne scars and stretch marks. Newer, younger skin cells move to the surface and replace the old damaged outer layer of the skin. The result is a visible improvement in skin tone, texture, and appearance. Microdermabrasion is highly effective if done in conjunction with other procedures such as Botox, Fillers and FotoFacialRF.
What is the operational mechanism behind Microdermabrasion?
A closed vacuum system delivers aluminum (or sodium) oxide crystals through a tube and handpiece creating a vacuum when the handpiece is against the skin. The particle flow begins when the handpiece is sealed against the skin; particles flow out of the accelerator impacting the skin and, combining with skin debris, are suctioned back through the handpiece and tubing into the waste canister.
Is aluminum oxide safe?
Yes. It is the material recognized as the most appropriate abradant for the Microdermabrasion procedure. Also the Material Data Sheet indicates that Al2O3
(in various forms known as Corundum, White Fused Alumina or Bauxite), is non toxic for ingestion, is not associated with adverse skin contact reactions and is not a known carcinogen.
Inhalation of aluminum oxide is considered a low health risk. Aluminum is the third most abundant element on earth and is present in innumerable products of daily living. The microdermabrasion equipment is a “closed system” designed to minimize the exposure to ambient dust. The design of the handpiece ensures that the recovery of the crystals from the skin is quite thorough. The media comes in prepackaged and sealed containers; and both the crystals and waste canisters are disposable.
What are contraindications for Microdermabrasion treatment?
Most people are good candidates for Microdermabrasion treatment. Few contraindications include: worrisome skin lesion at the treatment area; active herpes lesions or cold sores; sunburn at the treatment site and some acne rosacea patients.
What are the benefits of Microdermabrasion?
- Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
- Soften acne scars
- Reduces dark spots
- Tighten pores
- Improve the appearance sun damaged or aging skin
- Increase circulation and produce healthier glow of the skin
- No recuperation or downtime
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