Microdermabrasion is a treatment procedure involving the use a minimally abrasive equipment to gently sand the skin with the aim of removing the thicker and uneven outer layer. It is a very recent technique that is an alternative to more invasive procedures of skin-care such as plastic surgery and chemical peels. Many more people have been pursuing it to get beautiful skin rather than going for cosmetic surgery.
Microdermabrasion is used in different treatments including salon and medical treatments. It’s usually performed on the chest, face, neck, arms or hands.
We, here at PDLR, believe that knowing how microdermabrasion functions starts with understanding how the skin works. The skin is made of two layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer composed of dead cells. The top layer of the epidermis is the stratum corneum, and it’s the one that is usually acted upon by the procedure of microdermabrasion. Stratum cornea serve as the barrier between the outside environment and the inner layers of the skin. Microdermabrasion only targets the epidermis. Targeting the dermis would be very harmful and also a painful process.
The functioning principle of microdermabrasion, whether you use home products or use the aid of instruments in the clinic or salon, is that the body interprets the breakup of stratum cornea as an injury and responds by replacing the lost skin with healthy new cells. The treatment removes dead skin particles by passing a fine yet abrasive crystal over the skin of the recipient, and the vacuum action removes the debris. These actions resurface the skin and stimulate the flow of blood, a process that encourages the skin to rejuvenate itself by producing collagen and elastin.
The intensity of microdermabrasion can be increased according to your subsequent treatments to reach the deeper layers and remove acne scarring, lift pigmentation and to smooth wrinkles.
The first hour after treatment causes mild swelling, which is also referred to oedema, and redness of the skin (erythema). The skin may also feel tight after the procedure. These side effects can last anywhere between one hour to 2 days depending on the individual. There is the possibility of a lightening effect for people with darker skins tones when higher intensities are applied.
The procedure has some beneficial effects. Removal of the stratum corneum improves the surface of the skin. Since the body interprets the removing of this layer as injury, new cells are generated that look and feel smoother than the previous ones. Some of the imperfections appearing on the skin such as sun damage, acne, wrinkles, and blemishes are removed. The removal of stratum cornea that acts as a barrier also allows the effective action of lotion and other moisturizing products.
Microdermabrasion is, therefore, a safe and controlled treatment in exfoliating and resurfacing the skin to achieve improved complexion. The procedure leaves your skin looking more youthful and firm within a short period which may be little as 30 minutes. Uneven lightening, which can happen to people with dark skin tone as a result of the treatment, can be avoided by the therapist using lower intensities.