Microdermabrasion is a general term that refers to the process of applying extremely tiny rough grains of crystals, diamonds and bristle tips to peel off the outermost surface of the skin. It's a cosmetic technique whose aim is to remove the topmost layer of the skin known as the stratum corneum to create a rejuvenating effect and treat common skin problems such as sun damage and wrinkles, acne scarring and mild discoloration. This procedure is a painless, non surgical procedure meant to eliminate the dead outer covering of the skin by applying fine abrasive crystals and vacuum suction to the skin. The entire process needs no needles or anesthesia, but just a piece of sandpaper or facial scrub, or technically speaking, a simple machine composed of a vacuum suction, a connecting tube, a hand piece and a pump.
This process can be helpful in treating common skin problems ranging from acne scars to sun damage and even more severe problems such as hyperpigmentation and melasma. People from the age of 12 up to 65 can undergo this procedure as frequently as about 2 weeks depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of the skin. According to the experts, this process needs to be done on a regular basis or in weekly or in weekly sessions as the human outer skin typically regenerates itself every 30 days and also to record noteworthy improvement on the skin's cosmetic health. This process is closely related to its mother term called dermabrasion. The latter process is a deeper exfoliation of the outermost layer of the skin.
There are several advantages of microdermabrasion over dermabrasion out of which one is that it's less risky and has a more quick rate of recovery. Basically, the deeper the peel, the more time it takes to heel and the more risks involved. Thus, this process has very minimal risks and side effects.
Uses and Advantages of this Process
This process is used for treating a wide range of skin problems. It's primarily the use of a mechanical process of abrasion to peel off the outermost part of the epidermis to get a better looking skin. In recent times, this process is also used as an effective alternative to plastic surgery which is more costlier and invasive.