Sunday, September 7, 2008


One of the best anti-aging procedures you can get for assisting your skin against the effects of time including wrinkles, blemishes, shallow scarring, and discoloration and used with great success is microdermabrasion. This non-invasive cosmetic procedure is best done in a salon though you can purchase at at-home kit manufactured by Neutrogena. You can also purchase any number of microdermabrasion formula but neither of these are as effective as a treatment done by a salon because of the tool that is used in a salon. You can try these at-home procedures or formulas but if you then try a salon treatment, you will see and feel the effectiveness and the difference when the procedure is done by an anti-aging esthetician. What I will discuss here is the very successful salon procedure microdermabrasion.

The esthetician in a salon uses special equipment for the process. It will feel like a very strong, small vacume which distributes the crystal formula that performs an abrasive rotating action against the skin and then powerfully “vacumes” up the used crystals and old dead skin cells. These crystals used can be such ingredients like sodium chloride, aluminum oxide or bicarbonate.

How does this all work? How much does microdermabrasion cost? Well, it can be compared to an inexpensive “facelift” with immediate results. Microdermabrasion works on the top layer of the skin called, the stratum corneum where the blemishes , wrinkes and fine lines are formed. Unlike Botox or Restylane or Artecoll or any other variety of cosmetic fillers, It is not an invasive process Microdermabrasion is not a cosmetic filler to replace loss of volume in aging skin. What does it cost? You can get this procedure from anywhere between $50 - $175 a session. Some salons offer package deals. The esthetican will determine how many treatments you will need to get the results you are looking for...

Why is microdermabrasion so successful? The tool and formula and strength used by the esthetician will actually breakdown the upper layer – the stratum corneum. This is interpreted by the body as an injury and reacts with crythema and mild edema (swelling). This can last for a duration of an hour for up to two days What the body is actually doing is now creating new skin cells and a smoother surface.

Microdermabrasion is able, by this process to repair fine lines and wrinkles, repair sun damage skin and blemishes. The anti aging moisturizing creams used after the treatment can then access the deeper layers of your skin . With repeated treatments and over a period of time, it can also fix minor acne scarring. The microdermabrasion procedure creates new healthy skin cells which is why as an anti-aging procedure it is so successful.

You can use microdermabrasion for any of the following problems dull aging skin, sun damaged skin, brown age spots, superficial acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture and tone and melasma (hyper-pigmentation).

However, microdermabrasion is not a good idea if you have any of the following skin conditions on your face: Erythematosis, Psoriasis, Active rosacea, Diabetes mellitus, Herpes, Dermatitis, Lupus, Vascular lesions, broken capillaries, open sores, warts, Eczema, severe acne, skin lesions or if you are taking anti-coagulants.

Microdermabrasion is one of the best antiaging procedures for the cost of value of the treatment. You will see the results and your skin, though it may be red for a short time after the treatment, will feel brand new, fresh and super clean. Follow your esthetician’s recommendation for follow up treatments to get the results you are looking for.

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