Taking care of your skin is one of the most essential parts your health and beauty routine. As strenuous as it may seem, there are vital steps to take to protect your skin, and each one is valuable in its own way. One treatment making waves in the beauty industry is microdermabrasion. Whether you seek treatment from a professional in their office or try microdermabrasion at home, the benefits to this spectacular skin treatment are truly worth your time and effort.
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
Microdermabrasion helps thicken collagen, a protein in the skin that decreases as you age. The less collagen you have, the more sagging, wrinkled skin you have. Essentially, a specialized tool is used to remove the top layer of the skin, which then encourages new growth. While undergoing the treatment, the patient can expect to feel a slight scratching feeling, as well as small vibrations or suction that help massage the skin while removing those dead skin cells.
The great news is that there is no down time required after microdermabrasion.
So what exactly makes microdermabrasion so great? The benefits are endless, but check out some of the most popular results people experience when incorporating microdermabrasion into their skin care routine:
- Fewer and less noticeable black heads and age spots
- Improved pigmentation and reduction in dark patches of skin (hyperpigmentation)
- Refreshed, smooth skin
- Reduction in the appearance of stretch marks
- Reduction in wrinkles and fine lines
- Improved acne and acne scars
- Reduction in pore size
The patient may experience slight discomfort during the procedure as a result of the removal of the top layer of the skin, but irritation typically doesn’t last long. Other immediate symptoms can include swelling of the skin and redness, but again, they typically disappear within 2-3 hours after the treatment. Additionally, the treated skin can be expected to be dry for up to three days after microdermabrasion, but this is considered a normal side effect.
Other risks of the treatment include bruising from the suction, and sensitivity to sunlight. It’s important to be vigilant about wearing sunscreen after microdermabrasion treatments.
How To Add Microdermabrasion To Your Skin Care Routine
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as of 2014, microdermabrasion costs an average of $143. However, that cost doesn’t include facilities, anesthesia, or other costs that may be associated with a microdermabrasion treatment at a professional office. Prices can also vary depending on the expertise of the person you’re seeing, the kind of microdermabrasion you’re receiving, and the amount of time required to complete the treatment.
However, it should be said that you shouldn’t automatically go with the cheapest treatment available. It’s most important to look for a board-certified plastic surgeon that has experience with microdermabrasion techniques. It’s also important to feel comfortable both with the professional and the facility.
Microdermabrasion At Home
Instead of paying regular visits to a swanky plastic surgeon or specialized dermatologist’s office, why not take advantage of the opportunity to treat your skin at home? Without a doubt, the biggest benefit to microdermabrasion at home is the cost. A quality microdermabrasion system can pay for itself in just two uses! Plus, you can sit in your pajamas in the comfort of your own home and take care of the treatment yourself, whenever you have the time. No waiting or scheduling necessary!
With just some quick research online, you can find out how to easily perform microdermabrasion at home, with systems you can trust.
Is Microdermabrasion For You?
By now you’re wondering about the results, right? The good news is that microdermabrasion isn’t required every day. Most people begin with two microdermabrasion treatments a month, depending on how damaged your skin is. Then, after a few months, patients typically stick to one treatment per month as part of a regular skin care routine.
If you’re still unsure about whether microdermabrasion is truly right for you, speak with your dermatologist. It’s time to stop being unhappy with what you see in the mirror and become proactive about your skin. It’s truly worth it in every aspect.
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