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The term microdermabrasion refers to micronized (tiny) crystals derived from minerals.
The technician uses an instrument to direct a stream of these fine crystals onto the skin. These crystals are used to abrade the skin thereby removing dead and flaking skin cells.
As it's done, a small vacuum removes the crystals along with the upper layer of skin. As a result, the production of new skin cells and collagen is stimulated.
Each treatment takes approximately one and a half hour to complete and no anesthesia is required.
The number of treatments depend on the size, depth and type of skin problem the patient has. The microdermabrasion treatment is repeated every 7 to 10 days for up to 12 treatments. Additional monthly treatments may be recommended for maintenance purpose.
The skin will be noticeably improved after the first treatment. Age spots, fine lines and wrinkles will be diminished, and the skin will have radiant glow. Acne scars will become less noticeable. Many report fresher, younger looking skin. With microdermabrasion therapy, some moisture will be lost; therefore, special cleansers and moisturizers will be recommended for daily use. Some patients experience a tightening and redness of the skin immediately after the treatment. The sensation has been compared to mild sunburn. These conditions last for a short time. Some people notice dryness in the treated area and may be advised to apply a moisturizer.
There are several reasons to choose microdermabrasion for skin treatments over other techniques. Microdermabrasion requires less time and involves less discomfort. Recovery time is rapid and normal activities can be resumed immediately. Microdermabrasion is safe and effective on most parts of the body and can be used in conjunction with other procedures such as laser skin resurfacing and chemical peel.
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