In today's beauty and skin-health conscious environment, we have the best skin care products and treatments available to date. Microdermabrasion is a perfect example of this advanced cosmetic dermatological technology, and I'm about to tell you all about my personal experience and review of the microdermabrasion procedure.
To be clear on exactly what extent I've experienced the wonder of microderm as I affectionately call it, this is my second round of treatments within the last three years. This should give you some clue that I've had a pretty positive experience with microderm!
The Microdermabrasion Process : Explained
Microdermabrasion is the action performed by a rather small device hooked up to a larger machine, in the hands of a specially certified esthetician or dermatologist, which acts as sort of a sandblaster on your facial skin. That's right, the device shoots out aluminum dioxide crystals, abrading and resurfacing the skin, while almost simultaneously sucking the dead, blasted away skin back up like a vacuum.
The device is somewhat noisy, but not too bad. The settings are adjusted based on the specialist's judgement as to what type of friction your skin type can handle, and what your desired outcome is in different areas of the face. By this I mean the more attention one area needs, the higher the setting, the more forceful the abrasion becomes.
Is There Any Pain Involved?
The answer to this may depend on the individual receiving the treatment. Personally, I had most of my face done with a setting of 3.5, 5 being the highest possible. At this pressure, I only felt a little discomfort to the point of watering eyes when it came around my mouth, and on the fleshier parts of my cheeks. You can ask the specialist to turn the setting down if you're feeling a lot of discomfort.
Some people may have a little thicker skin than others, and be able to tolerate more pressure. Another reason the setting may be higher (more pressure), would be for areas you'd like to be more agressive and see more improvement. Be sure to advise the establishment of these areas and your expectations for improvement. For me personally, I wanted to see marked improvement around my eyes where crows feet branched out, and on my chin, where some acne scarring was still visible. Any good establishment will bend over backwards to make sure you love your results, and keep coming back.
How Many Sessions?
Personally, I would always suggest going with a package of six, if you can afford it. Not only will you enjoy the full benefits the procedure has to offer, but many salons and dermatologist offices offer a discount on these package deals, so you are actually paying less per session. I personally paid $540 for six sessions, a $60 discount from what it would have been if these sessions were purchased separately ($100 per session normally).
After my first series of six, I enjoyed smoother, refinished looking skin for about one to two years, and I'm just now getting treated again, as it seems my skin has returned to a rougher, more uneven state and is in need of another round. I'm on my first of six appointments right now, and only after a few days I'm beginning to see improvement on my chin, as well as the area around my eyes (crow's feet) looks much softer and refined. I'm pretty excited to see what the end result is this second time around.
My esthetician recommends spacing the treatments two weeks apart for the best results, and has even given me a home microdermabrasion system that she wants me to use on the off weekends to keep renewing my cell turnover in between sessions. By the way, I think these home microderm kits are pretty awesome too, and I've had some good results with them as well.
Your Skin Right After a Microdermabrasion Treatment
To give you fair warning, you probably will not want to schedule any important social events the day of a microderm treatment. Your skin will most likely look worse than it did before the treatment for one to two days afterwards. What I mean by this is that your pores will appear larger, your skin will be red and irritated, and sometimes even have a patchy appearance. More sensitive individuals can even experience mild swelling.
It is very important that you keep your skin deeply moisturized at all times for the next few days, and even more important to not forget the sunscreen. A non-irritating sunscreen especially for the face would be preferred.
Would I recommend Microderm?
I absolutely would recommend microdermabrasion to anyone wanting to nonsurgically resurface and refine their skin. It is truly a great way to help regain a youthful radiance and healthy glow - minus the fine lines. And, if you feel that microdermabrasion's cost is a little out of your price range, I would encourage you to try a home microdermabrasion kit. They take a little longer to work, and may not produce as dramatic of a result, but over time they can definitely improve your skin's cell turnover, and add a fresh revitalized look, while helping to soften fine lines.
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