Microdermabrasion, also known as micro-resurfacing, is one of the mechanical mediums of exfoliation often accompanied by suction. This cosmetic medium is aimed at removing the outermost layers of dead skin cells helping people get rid of wrinkles, acne scars, and sunspots.
Human skin is basically divided into two layers: the epidermis; and the dermis. In the lower layer, the dermis, new skin cells are created that migrate to the outer surface of the skin with the passage of time. Normally, it takes them about 28 to 30 days to renew themselves by ousting dead skin cells and creating new cells. However, this natural process may become irregular on account of multiple causes including mainly the ageing phenomenon and menopause for women.
When dead skin cells get accumulated on the surface layer of the skin, they block not only the absorption of nutrients from nourishing creams but also the sweat glands. As a result the person suffers from certain skin diseases like white heads, acne, and wrinkles. Proper removal of dead skin cells unblocks pores, maintains clear skin, and helps reduce a number of skin irregularities. Though there are numerous mechanical as well as chemical ways to removing dead skin cells, microdermabrasion has been considered as one of the most effective ways to minimize the build up of dead skin cells without causing any side-effect.
Instead of using laser beams or different chemicals, the hand-held microdermabrasion device uses a potent spray of aluminum oxide crystals to weaken the dead cells on the outer layer of the skin. Then another chamber of the device sucks up the dead skin cells. As soon as the tiny particles of dead skin cells are driven away, the skin shows smooth polishing effects. As a result the skin becomes smoother and softer with glowing and clear appearance. The process of microdermabrasion also enhances the production of collagen which helps the skin reinvigorate quicker than normal. Mostly this procedure is performed by dermatologists; however, doing microdermabrasion at home with the help of various kits is also possible.
When it comes to the benefits of microdermabrasion, they are many. Being fit for all types of skins, it is the least invasive procedure and causes no adverse skin reaction. Similarly, during the process, special glasses shield one’s eyes from micro crystals. Moreover, this process gets completed within twenty to thirty minutes and allows one to go back to his routine life activities without any sort of risk. If a person wants to include neck and other body-parts in the treatment, he may take up to an hour.
Microdermabrasion is much economic as compared to chemical peels and plastic surgeries. The cost of per microdermabrasion treatment session varies from country to country; however, the normal price ranges from $80 to $150. It is available in cosmetic centers, skin care clinics or even at home by using a home-kit of microdermabrasion.
In a nutshell, if you are weary of blotchy skin, acne scars, thick pores, ageing spots, wrinkle or uneven skin contour, and want to have pleasing over all appearance, microdermabrasion is the best option for you. It is advisable to consult doctor prior to undergoing this process so that he may advise you in the light of your medical history whether or not your skin is fit for the procedure.