If you are plagued by fine skin lines, shallow acne marks, or the beginnings of sun damage, microdermabrasion is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure to improve the texture of your skin. Just one treatment, and you’ll notice smoother skin. For minimal investment and no down time, microdermabrasion gives you a safe way to improve your appearance without surgery.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure to smooth your skin. If you break down the word microdermabrasion, you’ll understand the procedure.
- Micro means small
- Derm is the abbreviated term for dermis, or the skin
- Abrasion means the scraping away, in this case of skin
Put those terms together, and you will see that microdermabrasion uses instruments to make tiny skin abrasions to remove the top layer to reveal the clean, smooth skin underneath.
A microdermabrasion system typically contains a vacuum and pump, a connecting tube, and a handpiece. There are two types of microdermabrasion: microcrystal and diamond.
During traditional microdermabrasion, also called microcrystal dermabrasion, the pump creates a pressured stream of crystals to abrade the skin, and the vacuum sucks up the crystals and exfoliated skin cells. The crystals that scrub the top layer of skin can consist of magnesium and aluminum oxide, sodium bicarbonate, aluminum oxide, or other materials.
The vacuum portion of this type of microdermabrasion gently lifts a small section of skin and scours it, stimulating blood circulation and creating mild skin swelling. Then the tool collects the dead skin and used crystals into the vacuum receptacle for disposal.
This is a newer method of microdermabrasion but just as effective. Instead of releasing crystals, a diamond microdermabrasion system uses a roughened surface on the tip of the handpiece to smooth the skin, although we should note that the tip of the device isn’t actually coated in diamonds. The technician will move the hand piece over the skin in short, smooth passes that are repeated several times to get a better cleansing action. The diamond tip abrades the skin and the vacuum sucks away the debris.
In both treatments, you are left with smoother, softer skin that feels and looks fresh and rejuvenated.