The world of cosmetic techniques is ever advancing. New techniques are being developed everyday to help rejuvenate skin and make it look up to 10 years younger following just a few treatments. Microdermabrasion is a long utilised and well known technique that does just that. When going through a training process of microdermabrasion, there are certain elements and facts one must be aware of.
In this article we shall take a look at microdermabrasion and microdermabrasion devices in a bit more detail.
What is microdermabrasion?
The skin is made of two layers – a superficial epidermis (which is what is felt on the surface) and a deeper dermis. The surface of the epidermis, also called the stratum corneum, consists of millions of dead cells with immature cells underneath them. Removal of the dead cells to expose the layer of the stratum corneum consisting of cells that are immature and actively growing is what microdermabrasion does. This allows for more healthy skin to reveal itself, thus providing a cosmetic benefit of rejuvenation.
When is microdermabrasion useful?
Microdermabrasion is utilised in people who have acne prone skin, multiple wrinkles, blackheads, oily skin and even for skin damaged by over-exposure to sunlight.
How is microdermabrasion performed?
Microdermabrasion is performed using a special tool that has on its surface micro-crystals and a vacuum mechanism. The procedure does not require any special anaesthetic and rarely causes people undergoing it any discomfort. The device is run over the skin over a period of time (sometimes up to an hour), and it gently removes the dead skin cells by bombarding it with the micro-crystals while sucking them up simultaneously through the vacuum system.
Microdermabrasion that is performed around the eye and similar sensitive areas usually requires a device that caters to that sensitivity. In such cases, a diamond microdermabrasion device has been found to be a lot better than traditional devices used elsewhere on the face.
What types of microdermabrasion devices are there available?
Microdermabrasion devices are of different types based on the crystals that they have on the surface. The common ones are Aluminium oxide ones, while some of them are sodium chloride crystals. Diamond microdermabrasion devices may have either real or synthetic diamonds. Other devices may have soft micro-bristles and some can be water based.
How does microdermabrasion help?
By exposing a healthy layer of cells, the process of microdermabrasion stimulates active growth of skin cells. In addition, there is a rush of blood to the surface of the skin, which increases the amount of nutrients that reaches it. This stimulates healthy skin growth.
Are there any complications?
There are no complications associated with microdermabrasion. At the most, there may be slight redness of the skin seen due to increased blood flow. The skin may be dry after the procedure, but usually the treatment centre will offer moisturising creams after.
The above discussion lists the salient points to consider when training to perform microdermabrasion. A good understanding of why it is done, how it is performed and what the advantages of this treatment are is essential if looking to practice the procedure in the future.