Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive form of skin resurfacing offered by doctors and spa facilities, as well as professional aestheticians worldwide. Micro dermal abrasion is very different than traditional or laser skin resurfacing, since these are invasive surgical procedures which must be handled by a physician. Regardless, we always recommend seeking care from a qualified dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon, even when micro abrasion is desired, since these care providers can offer the most real world experience and the finest results.
This essay provides a useful overview of the pros and cons of micro skin abrasion. We will examine the limits of treatment and compare it to more invasive forms of skin enhancement.
Microdermabrasion versus Dermabrasion
Full dermabrasion is far more risky and invasive. The entire top layer of the skin is removed, which is necessary for effectively treating pigmentation issues, wrinkles, acne scars, as well as removing tattoos.
Full dermabrasion is far more versatile, but also has a higher chance for complications, including scarring, infection or poor results. Dermabrasion is also much more expensive and must be provided by a specially trained doctor.
Microabrasion uses tiny crystals directed under pressure, much like an extremely gentle sandblaster. This treatment only removes a small amount of surface skin cells, providing a renewed and smoother appearance to the skin.
While the treatment is great for eliminating minor surface concerns like dead cells, dry skin and surface blemishes, it will do little, if anything, to resolve deeper skin issues.
Microabrasion does not require anesthetic and is not considered a medical procedure. This allows it to be performed in spas and in skincare clinics. However, the treatment should always be provided by a doctor for best results.
We never advise patients to place the fate of their face in the hands of anyone less qualified, since the risk of damage is always present. That being said, millions of women enjoy fantastic results, no matter where they have the technique performed.
Micro dermal abrasion can be used on sensitive areas which can not be treated with full skin abrasion, including the neck, making it very versatile and gentle as an overall skin treatment.
The cost of microabrasion is relatively low, compared to full dermal abrasion. However, it is likely that most patients will need multiple treatments, which add up in cost over several weeks or months. Many women may sit through 10 or more sessions in order to achieve the results they truly desire, while some may never attain them using this less effectual skin therapy.
Microabrasion is a great cosmetic procedure for patients who are just beginning to experience age-related changes in their skin. It is also an ideal finishing touch for patients who have already enjoyed the benefits of more invasive skin techniques, like full abrasion or face lift surgery.
Best of all, microabrasion can be used regularly to help maintain a fresh and healthy face and can be an important part of a beauty maintenance plan.