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3 Things to Know About Microdermabrasion

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Over the years, the skin can change in appearance in many ways. That smooth, moist skin surface of your youth gradually develops dry patches, fine lines, and wrinkles. Rich, even skin tone gives way to dark spots or light patches. For some, full-blown skin conditions like acne and rosacea become a problem. Microdermabrasion, a fast, effective and noninvasive procedure can revitalize the skin’s health and appearance, restoring a healthy tone and glow.

Often dubbed the “lunch hour facial,” microdermabrasion works with the skin’s restorative processes to bring back it’s natural vibrancy. If you’ve tried over-the-counter creams and ointments and seen little to no results, microdermabrasion may be just what you’re seeking. Here’s an overview of microdermabrasion and three things you should know about how it works.

Microdermabrasion – What Is It?

Microdermabrasion is a gentle and fast exfoliation procedure that can refresh and rejuvenate your appearance without discomfort or downtime. The treatment delivers a spray of microcrystals across the skin surface to remove dead cells and encourage the production of young, healthy cells that create a more radiant appearance. The full treatment can be completed in 30 to 60 minutes, and you can return to your daily routine immediately after your appointment.

The microdermabrasion device uses a handheld wand that’s passed over the skin in the treatment area. The tip of the wand contains tiny, sterile crystals that rub off the dead cells that sit on the outermost dermal layer. When dead cells build up, the complexion can start to take on a dull, ashen or pasty look. Those aging cells can also clog pores, leading to breakouts. Microdermabrasion’s effects cleanse and rejuvenate the skin to create a healthy, natural glow.

3 Things to Know About Microdermabrasion

  1. Microdermabrasion Treats a Wide Range of Skin Conditions

When performed by a qualified cosmetician, microdermabrasion can dramatically improve the health of your skin and is suitable for all skin types. Since the crystals used on the outer dermis have non-allergenic properties, it poses no risk for skin that’s sensitive to chemicals. Patients can utilize this procedure to treat a range of skin conditions including:

  • Age Spots
  • Hyperpigmentation or dark spots
  • Hypopigmentation or light spots
  • Blackheads and whiteheads
  • Brown patches
  • Uneven skin texture and tone
  • Fine lines and superficial scarring

Microdermabrasion can also be used to treat acne, as well as the scarring left behind from acne breakouts. The exfoliating effects of microdermabrasion clean oil and dirt out of skin pores, which helps to encourage balanced skin chemistry. This cleansing effect can go a long way towards eliminating the oiliness that breeds acne flare-ups.

  1. Microdermabrasion is a Quick, Comfortable Procedure

A microdermabrasion procedure is both quick and comfortable. The wand glides smoothly across the skin in the treatment area, creating a gentle warming sensation. As the crystals break up the dead skin layer, a vacuum mechanism inside the wand clears the dead cells away. The vacuum action removes dead cells and increases blood flow to the skin’s surface. Increased blood flow delivers much-needed nutrients and oxygen to the fresh skin layer, which further enhances the procedure’s rejuvenating effects. Upon completion of the process, expect your skin to have a pinkish tone that will likely fade within a couple of hours. You’ll be able to see the smoothing, toning effects of microdermabrasion within a matter of hours after your procedure.

  1. Microdermabrasion Helps the Skin’s Natural Rejuvenation Process Along

The moderate damage to the skin during a microdermabrasion treatment stimulates the body’s natural rejuvenation process, triggering the production of much-needed nutrients, proteins and oxygen. In effect, removing the outer skin layer prompts the skin to manufacture healthy cells in its place. Here are some ways microdermabrasion assists with the skin’s natural rejuvenation process:

Supports Healthy Skin Cell Activities

Microdermabrasion jumpstarts the skin’s natural chemical activities, which is essential for healthy cell function. In effect, cell metabolism processes speed up. Other cell functions start to work more efficiently as a result, including an increase in collagen and elastin production. Collagen strengthens the skin, while elastin gives it a youthful suppleness. The ability of the skin to detoxify itself is also enhanced, allowing impurities to be flushed out faster, leaving healthier skin behind.

Shrinks Skin Pores

The cleansing effect of microdermabrasion provides significant benefit to the skin’s pores. Clogged skin pores can enlarge, making them more visible and affecting the appearance of the skin overall. Microdermabrasion unclogs pores eliminating the clogging substances like dirt and oil. This process, in turn, allows pores to reduce in size and creates a smoother look to the complexion.

Makes Other Skin Care Products Work Better

Over-the-counter skin care products have a better chance at doing what they’re supposed to do when the topmost layer of the skin is fresh and clean. Also, increased cellular activity allows topical products to penetrate deeper into the skin, which only helps to improve their effectiveness. The effects of microdermabrasion make the dermis more responsive to these topical solutions, ensuring you reap the greatest benefits from these formulations.

Call Us to Schedule a Consultation

As one of the gentlest cosmetic procedures to date, microdermabrasion can be performed as frequently as monthly to help you maintain optimal results. The skin’s appearance and overall health only get better with each session. If you have questions or wish to schedule a consultation with a member of our team, contact the Vein Care Center today at 419-227-4472.

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