Microdermabrasion is a procedure that involves buffing away the top layer of skin by applying tiny rough grains. It is an effective alternative to more invasive procedures such as plastic surgery, Botox injections, and chemical peels. The technique is performed to result in a younger looking complexion. Microdermabrasion techniques can help to reduce the appearance of mild acne scars, blemishes, minor scars, and skin discolorations. It is not effective, however, on deep wrinkles, severe acne scars, and stretch marks that go deep into several layers of skin. Microdermabrasion is ideal for removing minor skin imperfections on the face, neck, and chest.
In most cases, the only true side effect of microdermabrasion techniques is skin that is slightly pink and tender to the touch. The technique does not involve surgical procedures or the need for any type of anesthesia. It is a non-invasive procedure which means that nothing penetrates further than the first few layers of the skin. For people with sensitive skin, the procedure may result in minor irritation and redness, but these side effects will only last for a few hours. The majority of patients who receive a microdermabrasion treatment report complete healing within 24 hours of the procedure.
Individuals who have extremely sensitive skin or have undergone other skin repair treatments in the recent past, may not be good candidates for microdermabrasion techniques. If a person has deep scars, wrinkles, or stretch marks, microdermabrasion may not be extensive enough to provide long-lasting or effective results. Individuals who may not be able to use microdermabrasion techniques may be candidates for the more conventional dermabrasion procedures that are capable of going deeper into the skin to produce the best results.
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