Its benefits are many:
Microdermabrasion softens fine lines and wrinkles, helps to smooth coarsely textured skin, decreases the appearance of scarring, decreases pore size, and reduces superficial hyper-pigmentation, also known as age spots. Microdermabrasion also makes it easier for high-tech skin care products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and help build collagen, which gives skin its youthful appearance.
Microdermabrasion is essentially powerful mechanical exfoliation with an expensive machine, generally either the original crystal microdermabrasion technology or the newer diamond-tip microdermabrasion. Both work by removing the uppermost layer of dead skin cells from the face, chest and hands. True microdermabrasion is usually done in a medical spa or specialized skin care clinic. It gives results you can’t achieve with a home microdermabrasion kit, which is basically a scrub for the face that is often too abrasive and can even irritate the skin.
The original microdermabrasion technology, which has been around since the ’80s, is called crystal microdermabrasion.
Growing in popularity is the newer diamond-tip microdermabrasion. It achieves the same results but with less discomfort and without the crystal residue at the end of the treatment.
Microdermabrasion can achieve dramatic results, but it is highly dependent on the skill of the aesthetician. In general, it’s best if you get it from an aesthetician you already know and trust.
For the best results, it is generally recommended get a series of treatments. Your aesthetician should be able to recommend the number that is appropriate for your skin type and condition. A typical protocol is six treatments about 10 to 14 days apart.