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What Does Microdermabrasion Do?


Microdermabrasion is a skin-renewal technique in which plastic surgeons use a machine made for fine epidermal sandblasting to spray rough grains or crystals across the face, removing the dead outer layer of skin with a mix of abrasion and suction.

What Does Microdermabrasion Do?

This technique not only removes the dead skin residing on your face, but also diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, as well as mild acne scars and unwanted pigmentation. Microdermabrasion is most usually applied to the face, neck, hands or arms and can be done at a spa or in the comfort of your own home.

The skin will turn red and may swell slightly following the Microdermabrasion application, as the body sees the loss of skin as a minor injury and rushes to fix it. The initial redness and swelling should go down in a few hours. If it persists for more than a few days, be sure to consult your treatment provider immediately.  Following a Microdermabrasion procedure, the affected skin will require lots of moisturizing as the process removes a moderate amount of moisture from the skin.

Benefits of Microdermabrasion

While the initial effects of microdermabrasion can be a bit off-putting, many feel the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Because the top layer of skin is gone, creams or lotions a person might use regularly will become much more effective because they do not have a layer of dead skin to penetrate.

Microdermabrasion has a few long-term benefits as well. If repeated regularly, the application has the potential to influence how lower layers of skin grow, which may remove deep-set blemishes or acne scars over time.  Because microdermabrasion causes the skin to lose its moisture, healthy cells are more likely to make their way up to the skin surface to try to moisturize the skin more, which means permanently healthier looking skin for anyone dedicated enough to go for regular applications of microdermabrasion.



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