Microdermabrasion – inside story

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Microdermabrasion is listed as one of 10 top most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S., numbering 499427 salon procedures in 2011, and steadily increasing. The average price for 10 microdermabrasion sessions varies from approximately $1000 to $2000. The introduction of home use devices has caused the number of microdermabrasion users to grow continuously.


Brief history of Dermabrasion


The basic concept of dermabrasion has been known for millennia – as far back as 1500 BC Egyptian physicians used dermabrasion to treat scars, as described in the famous Ebers Papyrus. The abrasive paste of pumice and alabaster particles was mixed with milk and honey and rubbed into skin to reduce the scars.

Ancient Greeks and Romans smeared their wet bodies with the mixture of pumice and ash and then scraped it with a special metal scraper, called a strigil.

The dermabrasion as we know it now, using a mechanical tool covered with abrasive particles was introduced around the 1900’s when dermatologists started to use dental burrs to treat scars.

It received a wide recognition as a cosmetic procedure in 1985 when the first crystal microdermabrasion machine was invented in Italy.

Later, diamond dermabrasion technology came to the scene offering the advantages of low risk, effective and easy to use devices. This was when the era of home Diamond Dermabrasion machines began.


The concept of Diamond Microdermabrasion


Diamond Dermabrasion is basically the mechanical removal of the top layer of the skin. The diamond tip does not have any powered moving parts and is manually applied to the face, scraping the skin with a rough surface.

Thus the effectiveness of the dermabrasion procedure depends greatly of the skills of the operator and applied technique.

The vacuum suction, applied through the opening in the dermabrasion tip, provides better contact of the tip with the skin and increases the effectiveness of the abrasion.


When to choose Diamond Dermabrasion?


Being a superficial ablation, primary application of the diamond dermabrasion to the epidermis should be considered in cases such as:

To smooth fine lines and wrinkles (will be ineffective for deeper wrinkles or scars);

To treat superficial scars;

To treat age spots, superficial pigmentation, hyperpigmentation;

To reduce enlarged pores;

As a post cosmetic surgery treatment (only if recommended by doctor);

To improve skin that has Keratosis Pilaris (rough skin bumps).


What results to expect from Diamond Dermabrasion?


Multiple treatments are needed to achieve the desired result, so patience and commitment are required. As with all cosmetic procedures it is most effective to treat superficial skin conditions such as:

Early photoaging;

Fine lines;

Superficial scarring;

Age spots;

Enlarged pores.


Be prepared to undergo a number of treatments before seeing significant results.

Skin conditions like deep rhytides, deep scars, or pigmentary abnormalities are unlikely to be treated effectively with home use diamond dermabrasion. These conditions are best treated with other techniques, such as chemical peels, invasive dermabrasion and laser resurfacing, with expected greater depth of injury. Using these techniques increases effectiveness, but the risk of complications and length of recovery also increase.

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