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If you’re looking for smoother, more radiant skin without invasive surgery or harsh chemicals a microdermabrasion is a great option for revitalizing dull skin. Microdermabrasion is a manual exfoliating procedure where skilled professionals remove dead, dry skin and leave you walking out of the treatment with a fresh, healthy glow.

What is it?

Microdermabrasion is a type of non-invasive exfoliating treatment where your dermatologist gently resurfaces the superficial layer of your dermis by abrade the top layers of the skin with tiny , usually made from crystals. Microdermabrasion is a type of dermabrasion, that is different from other treatments in the fact that it does not require surgery or an invasive, harsh exfoliating treatment. For these reasons the recovery time for a microdermabrasion procedure is much quicker and post-surgery discomfort is a lot less. Microdermabrasion can be performed on the face, chest, hands and neck, however certain areas of the face should be avoided, such as the eyelids, and the upper lip is highly susceptible to bruising if the procedure is not performed correctly.

How does it work?

The first microdermabrasion was developed in 1985 in Italy, and while the technology has greatly improved the procedure is much the same. During a microdermabrasion a trained professional will wield a hand held device that both shoots rough particles at the skin as well suctioning up the residue and dead cells removed during the treatment. The type of particles used during the procedure differ based upon your skin’s needs, but the six most common types of microdermabrasion include diamond tips, organic grains (such as sugar cane and maize), bristle tips, sodium chloride crystals, aluminum oxide crystals and sodium bicarbonate crystals. While these rough particles are being shot at the skin, and sloughing off dead and rough patches of skin a suction device administer Venturi suction to vacuum up remaining particles and remove all exfoliated skin. Microdermabrasion can exfoliate the skin between 15 to 25 micrometers deep, which allows the procedure to remove dead skin cells from the stratum corneum, the outer most layer of skin, and the top layers of the epidermis. In a standard procedure the tool is usually passed over the targeted area of skin one to three times, with the entire procedure lasting between 30 to 60 minutes.

Benefits

Microdermabrasion has a number of benefits, including unclogging pores, removing fine lines from the skin, evening out skin tone and removing rough or dead skin to name a few. In the first few hours immediately following the procedure the patient may notice a slight edema, which is swelling of the skin, tenderness to the touch or erythema, which is redness of irritation. These symptoms are completely normal and will usually completely dissipate within two hours. After the initial swelling subsides patients will be able to notice an immediate softening of the skin, and even skin tone. Pores will be clear and often appear smaller. The benefits of microdermabrasion continue to intensify in the following week and makeup applied after the procedure will go on more smoothly and appear more even and natural.