For More Youthful Skin
Your skin has amazing rejuvenation powers. There are all kinds of compounds and chemicals in your skin that are designed to repair damage and restore health. Generally, these compounds work on a small scale—every time you get a scrape or a cut, your body heals itself, and to do that it creates new skin cells. Microdermabrasion is a non surgical rejuvenation technique that takes advantage of your body’s natural restoration mechanisms to give your skin a youthful new look. There are many different microdermabrasion techniques, so you should check with your cosmetic surgeon to see which is the best for you.
Essentially, Microdermabrasion works by making many tiny, nearly microscopic incisions in the skin. This is done through the use of a microdermabrasion device, such as a SkinPen device. These many microscopic incisions, while causing some redness and some marginal bleeding, do not really cause much damage to the skin (certainly nothing noticeable in the long run). But they do illicit the skin’s natural healing responses. Because the damage itself it negligible, the healing response is instead directed towards rejuvenating the skin.
Who is Microdermabrasion a Good Fit For?
As with many procedures, Microdermabrasion is designed to treat a select type of aging. Or, perhaps it’s better said that microdermabrasion is best at treating a select type of aging. Good candidates for Microdermabrasion usually fall into the following categories and criteria:
- You have damaged skin you would like to see restored
- Your skin shows signs of aging
- Your skin is not so damaged as to require surgery
- Your have no interest in surgical procedures
- You have age spots or sun spots you would like to eliminate
- You would like your skin to have a more even, more youthful tone overall
- You do not have unrealistic expectations about what Microdermabrasion could accomplish
- You do not want permanent results
- You do not have any medical conditions that may react in an adverse way with microdermabrasion
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
There are many different microdermabrasion devices, and each device will bring with it a slightly different take on the technique. However, in most cases, microdermabrasion procedures will follow this basic process. First, a cosmetic surgeon may apply injections of platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) to the skin. This, essentially, jump starts the skin’s own rejuvenation processes. PRP is not always used, however—though, it is not uncommon for some kind of catalyst to be used to jump start the restoration engines of the skin.
Once the PRP or catalyst has been applied, the microdermabrasion device is employed. Usually these devices have a programmable depth so the cosmetic surgeon can get the best results possible for your particular desires. After all, not everyone has uniform skin depth. The device will then, in a myriad of ways, begin the process of “pricking” the skin in a microscopic way many times. This may create some redness and some slight bleeding, but those symptoms will generally subside in a day or two.
The abrasion of the skin and the catalyst injections work together to kick start your skin’s own rejuvenating properties, at the same time, essentially “sanding” the outer layer or you skin away. This allows the new, bottom layer of skin to take advantage of the collagen that this entire process brings to bear on repairing your skin.
Results of a Microdermabrasion
The end result of this procedure is a face that looks and feels more youthful. It may take your skin a day or two to fully recover from the “sanding” process, but once that recovery is complete, you should begin to notice a difference in the appearance of your skin. Blemishes should diminish, as should lines and minor wrinkles. The end result is a face that looks smoother, more even, and more youthful. It’s likely that people will notice the difference, but they will usually chalk it up to a change in diet, or an increase in sleep or exercise. In other words, all that they’ll notice is that you look good.
If you are interested in a microdermabrasion procedure, contact a nearby cosmetic surgeon to schedule a consultation. Many such cosmetic surgeons are part of the Non Surgical Cosmetic Surgeon network, and, as such, are a good place to start.