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Can Microdermabrasion Help Cellulite?



Microdermabrasion does NOT help cellulite.

More Info: Microdermabrasion will neither remove nor reduce cellulite.  Microdermabrasion acts upon the surface of the skin, and does not reach deeper tissue layers where the fat deposits that cause cellulite occur.

Microdermabrasion is a Superficial Skin Treatment

Human skin consists of two layers–an outer layer, known as the epidermis, and a lower layer called the dermis.  The epidermis is made up of a layer of dead skin cells on top of a living skin layer called the stratum corneum.  Microdermabrasion uses fine grained material to scrub away the dead skin layer down to the stratum corneum.  This procedure can freshen and brighten the surface of the skin, and improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles.   Microdermabrasion is a superficial skin treatment only.

Microdermabrasion’s Affect on Cellulite

Cellulite occurs when fat is deposited between muscle tissue and the dermal skin layer.  Connecting fibers between the muscle and the dermis remain attached as the fat is deposited between the two tissue layers.  The connecting fibers draw in the skin as the fat deposits press the skin out, which leads to a dimpled appearance.  Since microdermabrasion only removes the outer layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis, it has no effect upon the cellulite deposits that occur beneath the dermis.   Microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of the skin in general, and might improve the surface appearance of areas affected by cellulite, but microdermabrasion will not improve the actual cellulite itself.



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