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Understanding the Nuances of Microdermabrasion

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Microdermabrasion has become very popular with a number of patients looking for a convenient yet long-lasting solution to their skin problems. Microdermabrasion is fast, it is less painful than other cosmetic procedures and the effects are usually very long-lasting. Moreover, the whole procedure of microdermabrasion can be completed within a single one hour sitting. The after effects are mostly invisible to the naked eye and the recovery time from the after effects is typically a couple of hours. In this write up, we look at some of the other nuances of microdermabrasion that should be helpful for those considering this cosmetic procedure.

Who should/should not undergo microdermabrasion?

First up, you should clearly understand whether you actually need microdermabrasion or not. In theory, people of any age group, gender, or skin type can undergo microdermabrasion without any side effects. Typically, those who are unhappy with the outer appearance of their skin and want to get rid of fine lines, under lines, scars, discoloration, sun tan, motley spots on the skin and dead skin should go for microdermabrasion.

The microdermabrasion procedure is generally very mild and is also useful for those people who do not have a definite skin-related disorder but want to get the youthful glow back on their skin. Those suffering from sun damage and acne can also benefit from microdermabrasion. However, microdermabrasion is not a medical procedure against acne and will only help mitigate the effects of acne. Microdermabrasion will not remove acne, but will only help alleviating the effects of acne on your skin.

People who have particularly sensitive skin should stay away from microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion does cause some redness and rashes on the skin and if you have delicate skin that is susceptible to allergy and rashes, we suggest that you consult your dermatologist before undergoing microdermabrasion. People suffering from some of the common skin disorders like eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, or severe acne should probably stay away from microdermabrasion. Most importantly, people who have taken the medication Accutane should stay away from microdermabrasion.

The benefits:

Microdermabrasion scores over other methods in that it is a non-surgical procedure. Being a non-surgical procedure, microdermabrasion is faster, more convenient and more economical than other cosmetic procedures. Moreover, microdermabrasion give the skin a young feel almost instantly. Microdermabrasion also aids in secretion of elastin, a hormone that makes the skin supple. Skin pores open up after microdermabrasion and the skin tightens up. Microdermabrasion helps the patients get rid of aging skin without having to shell out a fortune in return.

The risks and common complaints:

Like almost all cosmetic procedures, microdermabrasion also has some risks associated with it. There have been some cases wherein microdermabrasion has caused permanent scarring. Microdermabrasion is also known to have caused rashes and irritation on the skin. Most patient also complain that microdermabrasion does not bring about the required results and it takes multiple sittings to achieve the end results. Microdermabrasion being a relatively mild process, the final results might be subdued as compared to other more powerful cosmetic procedures.