Microdermabrasion was introduced to the United States in the mid-1990’s as a procedure to gently exfoliate the skin in order to promote a healthier, more vibrant complexion. The procedure dates all the way back to 1500 BC, when the Egyptians used a form of sandpaper to smooth the skin. The first microdermabrasion machine was created in 1985 by two doctors in Italy.
What Does It Do For Me?
Collagen is the protein found in the skin that gives your face a smooth and supple appearance. As we grow older, our bodies produce less collagen. Older skin often looks slack and has irregular tone. The process of microdermabrasion actually thickens the collagen in the skin, restoring a youthful glow.
What Is It Exactly?
The process of microdermabrasion is quick, painless and works on all skin types. It is a chemical-free and non-invasive procedure involving a spray of microcrystals that gently exfoliate the skin. A crystal microdermabrasion system consists of a pump, a tube connected to the pump and a vacuum. While the pump creates a high-pressure stream of inert crystals, aluminum oxide, to exfoliate the skin, the vacuum removes the crystals and the dead skin removed from the face.
Recovery time is quick; most patients will have a slight pinkish tone that disappears within 24 hours, similar to light sunburn. Your doctor or esthetician will instruct you to heavily moisturize for the next 24 hours. After that, you can resume your regular make up and exercise routines.
Is It Right For Me?
You are an ideal candidate for the procedure if you want to remove sun spots, small wrinkles, clogged pores, uneven pigmentation or stretch marks. If you have light acne scars or acne discoloration, this procedure can help you. However, you must be between the ages of 12 and 65. The procedure can be done as often as weekly or up to every eight weeks, depending on your skin’s ability to heal and your personal cosmetic goal.
Can I Do It At Home?
There are many microdermabrasion kits on the market that are sold for home use. While you may see a slight improvement in skin texture, it is always best to go to a professional. Microdermabrasion machines are classified by the FDA as a Type 1 medical device, meaning any machine can be sold as a microdermabrasion machine without proving its effectiveness or safety. There are mixed reviews on whether at home kits can provide the same care and results as what you would receive in the office. For safety’s sake, do your research before damaging your skin.
Where Should I Go?
When researching a professional who performs microdermabrasion, make sure to check their degrees, licenses and references. Discuss your goals for the procedure and get an idea of how many sessions it will take to achieve the look you want. Discuss the financial aspects of the procedure and make sure you are upfront about what you can afford (most procedures fall in the range of $100-$200). Ask your doctor what you need to do to prepare for your procedure. Since microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure, there is minimal preparation and minimal recovery time.
Microdermabrasion is a low-risk, high-impact procedure readily available throughout the United States. Many patients swear by this procedure as a fast and painless way for immediate skin improvement. Always choose your microdermabrasion professional based on licenses, experience and professionalism – not on cost.