Microdermabrasion Machine For Skin Rejuvenation

Skin rejuvenation has become a prized commodity in the modern era. The desire to look younger has been marketed as the equivalent of feeling younger. Due to the demand, several technologies and techniques have been developed along this train of thought. From mud baths, chemical peels, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, all these procedures result only in one common thing — that one look younger.

Some technologies work better than others, in a certain light. And this is the problem of having too many choices, even in microdermabrasion. The secret is always to collate all the possible options, then read, ask at least two independent authorities on the matter, and then determine what your purpose is. With all the available options surrounding you, your very own purpose should at the very least, be fulfilled by the result of one available choice.

The following treatments use varying techniques to help rejuvenate your skin. Each will have its own merit, especially when compared against each other. Look at it as a photograph, as pictures against the dermabrasion treatment and chemical peels.

What is Micro Dermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is literally a cosmetic treatment for newer skin. It is an external application of an abrasive cream or crystal to help the human body in the exfoliation of old skin. The treatment or procedure is completely external and non-invasive, and although one treatment takes a relatively short time, several treatments over the span of several months must be taken to enjoy the full benefits. However, little or no recovery time is needed between treatments.

What Is Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that aims to abrade the skin away in measurements to the micrometers. Through the use of lasers, CO2 and erbium, the skin is delicately chafed away under the use of a local anesthetic. Especially with the use of lasers, dermabrasion has become a popular means of removing skin blemishes, scars or moles, and even tattoos.

The only drawback of dermabrasion is that it takes several months for the skin to grow back to its normal state. In fact, after dermabrasion surgeries, the skin is often raw and delicate, and tinged with a redness.

There is little risk in the surgical procedure. However, during the skin’s recovery, some patients, because of their skin sensitivity, may experience dryness of the skin, bruising in the operated area and other issues related to skin functions.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a solution applied to the body in order to remove dead skin cells and bring out the newer cells to the outermost part of the body. As the chemical solutions grow stronger, the effect it has on the skin go deeper, and only the mildest solutions are allowed without medical supervision. Otherwise, a doctor must supervise the procedure.

But even the the procedure of chemical peels is totally different from microdermabrasion, the result is still the same. The dead skin cells are removed from the skin to expose newer skin cells to the surface. And the effect of newer skin at the surface is skin rejuvenation and younger skin.

How Does Microdermabrasion Work?

The human skin is composed of several layers, and the process concerns itself only with the outermost layer, the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is actually the oldest layer of skin, made up of skin cells pushed outwards by the growth of newer skin cells. The stratum corneum, even if composed of old or dead skin cells, still perform the basic functions of the skin, such as sweating and the protection from the environment outside the human body.

It is the process where the most external layer of skin, which is the stratum corneum, is slowly chafed away from the skin through the use of fine crystals that are hard enough to do the work. As the stratum corneum thins out or is abraded from the skin, newer skin cells take its place and function as the new stratum corneum.

What Microdermabrasion Means to Skin Sensitivity

Depending on the location of the skin on the human body is also the sensitivity of the said skin. Rougher crystals are used for the tougher parts of the skin, such as the elbows or knees. Finer crystals are used for more sensitive skin, such as the face.

The use of machines and crystals also determine which part of skin microdermabrasion can be used. Some machines and crystals may be too rough on the skin, or may be too unwieldy to use for delicate an sensitive skin.

In fact the sensitivity of skin is one reason several cream products have sprouted in the market. While some products may have less abrasion than others, the actual determining factor is the sensitivity of the skin. Lighter abrasiveness of the cream is recommended for sensitive skin, and the stronger abrasion creams for tougher skin.

The Benefits of Microdermabrasion

The results are not only newer skin. Slight marks on the skin such as fine lines and wrinkles can be removed through proper treatments. Even some light scarring on the skin can be removed, and hyperpigmentation poses no problem to microdermabrasion as well.

The main reason for dermabrasion and microdermabrasion is that as the human body ages, the speed and rate that the human skin is renewed also decreases. Literally, as one ages, the skin also becomes older and older. Both dermabrasion and micro derma helps the skin renew itself so that the rate of skin renewal can match that of younger skin. And although both procedures are merely skin-deep changes and cosmetic, by increasing the rate of skin change, it may actually help restore skin functions to be more efficient and regenerative.

What Is the Effectiveness of Micro Dermabrasion?

The process has been approved by the FDA since 1996, even though the technology and process was already in use in the whole of Europe beginning 1985. Because of the relative ease of the application of microdermabrasion compared to other processes, its popularity has encouraged increasing innovations with regards to the technique, the technology and the ingredients.

The effectiveness can only be seen in the light of other skin rejuvenation techniques and procedures. The comparison will reveal the differences in each procedure and the strengths of each treatment. By weighing microdermabrasion against these other procedures, you will be able to judge for yourself the effectiveness.

Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion

In light of the effectiveness of dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, the differences are easily seen. Dermabrasion, microdermabrasion have their own purposes, though some objectives do overlap.

One of the overlapping goals is that both procedures are for skin rejuvenation. Granted that the immediacy of dermabrasion takes a much longer time to heal than that of microdermabrasion, both do rejuvenate the skin.

Another common goal is that both treatments remove skin blemishes. Dermabrasion is more effective in the sense that it is a surgical procedure, and tattoos or moles do not present a problem in their removal. Microdermabrasion, however, is a more gentle process, and cannot remove such blemishes.

Microdermabrasion Vs Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are available in many purposes that are similar to microdermabrasion. However, the deeper the chemical peel is, the more serious the procedure, and it would always be best to have a doctor or a professional administer the peel.

In terms of effectiveness, the chemical peel does offer an advantage in terms of removal of deeper wrinkles or scars, but are not as effective as dermabrasion. Compared with microdermabrasion, the recovery period of chemical peels are also longer, and the deeper the peel is, the longer time it also takes for your skin to heal. Deeper peels are also used with anesthetics.

The bottom line is if you are looking for little or no recovery time with your skin rejuvenation procedure, microdermabrasion is definitely the way to go. For more serious skin conditions, dermabrasion and chemical peels both offer an alternate and effective treatment.

The Use of Crystals

Because it is an abrasive procedure, it is the use of crystals to perform the actual abrasion that defines the results. As a general rule, the harder the crystal, the more effective the abrasion. Another rule of thumb is that the more irregular the shape of the fine crystal used, the more efficient the abrasion is as well.

Along the years, several crystals have been tried and tested for its abrasive properties, and the choices available today are determined more by the demand for the crystal, rather than its effectiveness.

Aluminum Disguised as Corundu

The first ever crystal to be used in the first ever microdermabrasion treatment was corundum, a crystal form of aluminum oxide. It was first used in Europe in the 1990s, and as its popularity grew, eventually made its way into the United States market.

It was the shape of the aluminum oxide crystal  that made it the most viable crystal to be used for microdermabrasion. The shape of the crystal is highly irregular, making it a more effective abrasive crystal compared to others. Aside from its irregular shape, corundum is also the second hardest crystal on earth.

The decreasing use of corundum crystals is due mainly to demand forces. For more than a decade now, the medical communities around the world have been very interested in the effects of aluminum in the human body. Some studies state the toxicity of aluminum and its detrimental effects on the human body, while other studies show no correlation between toxicity and aluminum.

And although the science is still in debate with regards to the truth of aluminum and the human body, the wise business decision is to avoid the use of aluminum whenever possible, and move away from any negative popular opinions with its use.

Diamonds in a Microdermabrasion Machine

With the technology today able to synthesize diamonds, the use of diamond bits in the machine are now more cost-effective than ever. As the hardest crystal known to man, the abrasive properties of diamonds make it well-suited to the task.

One limitation in using diamond bits is that the crystals for a regular shape, and this makes it more difficult for the crystals to perform abrasion on skin especially if the surface is irregular. But with regards to accidentally ingesting diamond bits or particles being toxic, there is no such danger from the use of diamond bits.

It has been said that the use of the wand of a diamond machine can be responsible for the spread of bacteria from one patch of skin to another, and it is possible. However, it is a simple requirement of good hygiene. By simply being clean prior to a diamond microdermabrasion treatment, and being clean after the procedure this remote possibility of transferring bacteria from one place to the other is further reduced. That is the simple solution to the situation.

Other Microdermabrasion Products

There are other creams available in the market. These creams make use of different crystals to create the abrasions, then add other substances to produce some beneficial aid to your skin. Home microdermabrasion kits contain these creams, and are often applied by hand.

Although these kits cost a lot less than treatments with a doctor (around a tenth of the price), the cream is less effective than the actual treatment. In fact, doctors suggest that in between treatments, the application of creams at home can help the whole process — but the use of the creams without the treatment is much less effective.

Some creams contain natural extracts that are either anti-inflammatory or antioxidants by themselves. Some creams contain bamboo, grape or green tea extracts to help the skin heal faster and rejuvenate quickly.

Some even add Vitamin A to the cream. Vitamins K, C, E and F may also be added, but some authorities recommend the presence of Vitamin A to the mix. In its own small way, Vitamin A can also act as an abrasive, along with the beneficial effects of the vitamin being applied to the skin.

What Are the Kinds of Treatments for Microdermabrasion and How Much Do They Cost?

There are several kinds of microdermabrasions, each with its own purpose. Depending on what result you desire, o even what effect you desire, there is a treatment for it. All you need to know is the right treatment to receive the correct effect.

The Home Treatment

As the name says, this treatment occurs in your own home. There is no need for a microdermabrasion machine or a doctor to implement the treatment. In fact, some home treatments can even take place in your own bathroom while you shower.

All this treatment needs is the cream. Depending on how much abrasion your desire, there are choices of creams at your convenience. In general, the rule for microdermabrasion is that the grittier or sandier the cream is, the more abrasion action you receive.

As a home treatment, it is effective enough for maintenance, but the cream will not be as effective as a full treatment with the machine and a doctor. But the cream will still abrade your dead skin cells and leave you with newer, younger skin.

Just remember that it does take a certain amount of experience to be able to make the correct application of microderma cream. Redness of the skin or skin irritability is a usual sign of improper application. Be able to adjust to the comfort level of your skin.

Also, most of the creams available use the corundum crystal as its abrasive ingredient. Should you have any personal predilection towards or against aluminum, all you need to do is read the ingredients of the cream printed outside the container, and you are all set.

There are other crystals used in these creams. Sodium bicarbonate is also used as an abrasive, but the degree of abrasion is much less than aluminum or diamonds. Some creams use organic grains as its abrasive element, but these are also softer than aluminum or diamonds.

Home Microdermabrasion Kits

Some kits feature a home machine, such as the Nubrilliance kit. It is a compromise between going to a doctor for an actual treatment with the machine, and a home treatment.

The machine provides all the equipment available in the doctor’s office, less the expertise of the doctor. It has the suction and vacuum part, even the diamond bits of the wand, and whatever else you might want or need, you can buy. For example if you wish the creams to maintain your skin’s PH levels or creams that contain antioxidants, you can receive in this home treatment too.

It is priced around the cost of one or two sessions of microdermabrasion with an actual doctor, and it is good for a year’s service. And if you consider that the full treatment with a doctor takes around six sessions over several months, plus regular sessions every three months, this kit is actually a bargain, especially if you have the equivalent experience of a doctor to perform the treatment.

A Complete Diamond Microdermabrasion Treatment

A complete treatment is a set of at least six sessions spread out in a course of three to six months. After the treatment, it is usually advisable to have intermittent sessions for the upkeep of the procedure, usually every three months.

A session usually begins with the doctor applying a cream in and around the skin area to be treated. It is a solution especially formulated to balance out the PH levels of your skin, along with cleaning it.

After the cream is applied, the doctor lets a couple of minutes pass to let the cream sink in. And then the solution is wipe off with a clean towel so that the actual microdermabrasion can begin.

The business end of the diamond machine is actually two small tubes. The first tube contains a spinning wheel edged with the diamond bits, while the second tube points right beside the first one, ready to suction off the dead skin that will be loosened or scraped off by the abrasion.

The doctor then makes a number of passes with the tubes along the selected area of your skin. As the diamond bits graze your skin, the dead skin flows straight to the second tube through its suction, and the process is accomplished.

After this portion of the session, the doctor again wipes the area clean where microdermabrasion was applied. Again, the cream that balances your skin PH levels is applied, and left to set for a few minutes. It is wiped off after the allotted time, and then the session is finished.

After the session, depending on the skill of the doctor and your skin sensitivity, you can actually walk out of the clinic literally looking as good as new. It is a very simple and effective procedure, which is one of the main reasons the use of microdermabrasion has grown in popularity.

Conclusions

It is an effective treatment, given that the expected result is within its domain. Do not expect tattoos or moles to be removed by simple microdermabrasion — there are other treatments that can readily and easily reproduce those results. However, for shallow wrinkles, light scarring and the like, microdermabrasion is the more efficient procedure, especially if time is of the essence, and the healing and recovery time of the other procedures are out of the question.

And because of the available innovations in microdermabrasions technology, the pricing of the treatment has fallen to very affordable levels. Although the procedure is simple, it does take a little experience for one to be able to duplicate the treatment to perfection. But the technique can be learned easily, and the results can be as picture-perfect as it can be. As picture-perfect as you can be.


Leave a Reply