Microdermabrasion was one of the top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in 2011 and 2012.

Microdermabrasion Benefits

Everyone these days seems to be talking about microdermabrasion. If they haven't yet had the treatment, they are considering having it done. Do you feel a little left out when the topic comes up around the water cooler at work? Would you like to know more about it and why it's so wildly popular? Perhaps questions run through your mind. What are the benefits of microdermabrasion? Who is the best candidate for microdermabrasion? Can it be performed on just about anyone? What are the realistic expectations of the procedure? Can a person really get the results they are dreaming about? Let's take a few minutes and try to answer all of those questions for you.

Microdermabrasion

The average microdermabrasion treatment lasts 15-30 minutes and can be performed during your lunch hour.

What is microdermabrasion?

First, do you know what microdermabrasion is? During this procedure, a dermatologist uses a hand held device to spray tiny crystals onto your skin, which remove the older out layers. When it's completed, you see only the softer, suppler, younger looking layers that were hiding beneath. It's like that scrub sitting on the shelf on your bathroom shelf that you wish you could remember to use, except it's like the scrub of steroids. The results you get from a microdermabrasion treatment are much more impressive than anything you can do yourself at home.

What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?

So, what are the benefits of microdermabrasion really? There are many! Microdermabrasion can help control and lessen acne outbreaks. It's popular for this reason among the teenage set and if you've been "blessed" with adult acne later in life, it can seem like a lifesaver. It can also work along side other acne treatments you may be prescribed. As it removes those older, outer layers of skin, with them go oil and dirt that may be clogging your pores to help medicated acne creams or lotions penetrate the skin easier and therefore improve their results too.

If you've spent too much unprotected time in the sun without being concerned about the damage to your skin it was causing until it was too late, microdermabrasion can help lessen the visible signs of that too.

If you've taken really good care of your skin and that isn't a concern, age catches up with us all. Do you see the beginning of crow's feet around your eyes? Are you starting to see some feathering around your lips? Do you have that crease in your forehead that makes it seem as though you are frowning at time when you aren't? Microdermabrasion, can improve all these things too! In addition, it's also a very quick and practically pain free procedure. Most people feel little or no discomfort at all. Moreover, with the average treatment taking only 15-30 minutes you can even have it done on your lunch hour.


Are you a candidate for microdermabrasion?

It sounds great doesn't it? Therefore, now you're wondering who is the best candidate for microdermabrasion. Am I a good candidate? As with any procedure done mainly for appearance you should be psychologically stable. Being in good general health is a standard for any medical treatment. Being a nonsmoker is a benefit not only to any medical treatment but also to your overall health. If you'd like your skin look younger and suppler and have realistic expectations of the outcome, yes, you too are an ideal candidate for microdermabrasion.

What are realistic expectations of microdermabrasion?

So just exactly what are realistic expectations of the procedure? Minimizing fine lines and wrinkles lessen the appearance of scars, freckles, age or sun spots to name a few. A more even skin tone, finer skin texture and less visible pores are a few more realistic expectations of the procedure. Having healthier, younger looking skin is another.

Just how much you can realistically expect and in what time frame can be determined by scheduling a consultation with your dermatologist. They will examine your skin and explain to you how much improvement you can expect to see, the benefits that you can realistically expect and how many treatments will be necessary to achieve the desired results.


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Dermabrasion vs. Microdermabrasion

MicrodermabrasionMicrodermabrasion should not be confused with dermabrasion, a more intensive surgical skin treatment. Dermabrasion involves surgically scraping the outermost layer of skin with a wire brush or diamond-coated burr. It is performed under local or general anesthesia for pain control and takes weeks for recovery. It can help lessen the appearance of scars, wrinkles, pigmentation and pre-cancerous growths. Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure for skin rejuvenation.