Answers to Your Top 7 Questions About Microdermabrasion

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Microdermabrasion has become increasingly popular within the last years as a solution to help eliminate skin imperfections, acne scars, fine wrinkles, and sunspots. But, with so much information being publicized, itís easy to get overwhelmed with everything thatís out there. Take a look below to find out what microdermabrasion really does Ė and discover if itís the right solution for you and your skin.

What is microdermabrasion?
You may choose microdermabrasion for a variety of reasons. The most popular reasons include getting rid of fine wrinkles, sunspots, or acne scars. The technique exfoliates the skinís top layers using aluminum oxide micro crystals. These gently sandblast your skinís surface, leaving it feeling smooth. The procedure, which takes less than an hour, also stimulates collagen production which helps your skin rejuvenate faster than with other types of skin treatments.

How do I know if Iím a candidate for microdermabrasion?
Before undergoing the procedure, you should meet with a licensed professional to determine if the treatment is right for you. Microdermabrasion can be done in salons, medical spas, and similar businesses, but should always be performed by a well-trained plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or beauty specialist.

At your consultation, talk to the doctor about your medical history and let he or she know what treatments and medications have worked - and what havenít. At this time, the doctor can examine your skin, learn your history, and decide if microdermabrasion is a good treatment option for you. Use this time to ask any questions you have about the procedure, including risks, possible complications, and your expectations for the result.

Usually, people who are experiencing acne scars, large pores, sunspots, or blotchy skin are all candidates for the procedure, as itís suitable for all skin types. However, certain issues in your medical history may make you an unsuitable candidate.

The procedure uses aluminum oxide Ė is this safe for all skin types?
Aluminum oxide crystals wonít cause adverse skin reactions Ė theyíre safe and non-toxic. During the procedure, your eyes will be protected with glasses so the crystals donít get in your eye. As an added safety measure, the wand is designed to vacuum up the crystals so the chances of inhaling them are very low.

How many treatments are required to see results?
Your doctor should be able to give you a rough idea of how many treatments youíll need to get the results youíre looking for. For most people, results are obvious after the fifth session, but many doctors recommend 7-10 treatments, with a couple weeks between each. This gives your skin the appropriate time to heal so itís prepared for the next session.

If I decide upon treatment, how do I prepare for the procedure?
A big advantage of microdermabrasion is that thereís virtually no pre-treatment needed. However, your doctor may request you stop taking certain medications, Retin-A, Differin gel, or glycolic acid during the week prior to your procedure. For those who smoke, itís also recommended they stop for the days before Ė this will help improve blood flow.

What can I expect during a microdermabrasion treatment?
To begin, the doctor will apply a cleansing gel to your skin. Next, theyíll use a hand-held device to sandblast the aluminum oxide onto your skin. The device also sucks up the dead skin cells at the same time. The wand is waved across your entire face so the skinís texture and color will remain consistent. Finally, the doctor will apply a sun blocking cream to your face. This allows you to resume your daily routine right after the treatment.

Most people who undergo microdermabrasion experience little to no discomfort with the treatment. Others have reported minor itchiness or stinging as the procedure begins, but it usually subsides as your skin gets used to the crystals.

What can I expect after treatment?
After the procedure, youíll be given a sunscreen moisturizer that will help prevent any sun damage to your skin. You may experience dryness or pinkness in your skin, but this will likely disappear within the first 24 hours. To help with your comfort, apply plenty of moisturizer to the affected area for a few days following treatment. And, to maintain your skinís appearance and keep it looking smooth, you may want to schedule a follow-up ďmaintenanceĒ appointment every 3-4 months.

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