Microdermabrasion is one of the most sought-after aesthetic procedures for people dealing with sun damage, aging, or acne that can change cutaneous texture and result in facial imperfections. Microdermabrasion can minimize problems like these, offering the promise of younger and smoother skin.
A Closer Look at Microdermabrasion
Innovations in cosmetic treatments combined with patient demand has resulted in an increasing number of aesthetic procedures available to the average person. In older days, treatment choices were restricted to forms of surgery. Today, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments have exploded in popularity to help minimize unwelcome facial changes due to the aging process. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there has been a fivefold increase in the number of cosmetic procedures performed over the past decade, with over half a million procedures undergone each year.
Microdermabrasion exfoliates the top layer of skin by spraying it with abrasive crystals like sodium chloride. This results in an inflammatory reaction that boosts collagen levels and produces noticeable cosmetic results like smoother skin.
Microdermabrasion has become extremely popular because it is a non-surgical procedure that consistently leads to positive outcomes, little to no downtime, and high patient satisfaction.
How Microdermabrasion Works
The stratum corneum is the top layer of skin composed of non-living skin cells and fats that creates a barrier to the outer environment to prevent infection, injuries, and environmental irritants. Although it serves an important function, the stratum corneum tends to block the natural radiance of the skin. Microdermabrasion works by temporarily removing it through a type of gentle exfoliation that does no harm to living tissue. The result is the revelation of new, brighter skin that appears beneath this dull skin layer.
Microdermabrasion helps with the following conditions:
Aging skin: the aging process normally results in fine lines and wrinkles that can be deepened by stress, sun exposure, smoking, and other factors.
Melasma: a skin condition typified by brown, tan, or gray patches that are found on the upper lip, cheeks, and forehead. Sun exposure can worsen the condition, while inflammation and certain cosmetics can be aggravating factors.
Light acne scars: acne scars are typically caused by inflamed skin pores blocked with dead skin cells, excess oil, and bacteria.