Technology makes it possible to turn back the hands of time and undo some of the damage from the sun and normal aging. A few years ago, these procedures were mostly booked by celebrities and rich people due to the limited availability of products and percieved costs.
Today, the technology is more readily available and increased supply has brought costs down to a more affordable level for most people. Treatments like microdermabrasion and Botox therapy can erase the signs of aging making those fine lines around the eyes disappear.
This treatment is technologically advanced but does not require surgery or the use of anesthetics. It is a non-invasive treatment that is safe and has virtually no side-effects.
Microdermabrasion is a technique that removes the top layer of skin cells by buffing them away. It is similar to a chemical peel but uses no chemicals. These treatments are becoming more popular among men and women due to the accessibility of such treatments and patients love that it takes very little time so they can book treatments during their lunch hour and resume their activities right after.
The top layer of your skin is affected by the sun’s UV rays, the wind, and all the chemical components that we come into contact with every day. This is how the pores get clogged with dirt and oil. What happens when that top layer of skin is lightly scraped is it takes off the dead skin cells and encourages new ones to grow. It also encourages collagen production for firming up sagging skin. The new skin underneath is fresh and soft and gives your skin a natural-looking glow that improves the appearance.
Your skin is made up of two different layers the dermis, and the epidermis. The epidermis is the outer layer that is subjected to the elements, while the dermis is the layer underneath, which is where the new skin cells are produced. You might be surprised to know that the epidermis is actually made up of dead skin cells. That outer layer is called the stratum corneum and it is the part of the skin we put face cream and makeup on.
During a microdermabrasion treatment, the stratum corneum is the skin cells that are removed. It only affects the top layer of skin and nothing underneath. There is no worry about bruising or scarring since it does not go under the skin.
The actual mechanism that makes it work so well is the fact that anytime you have an abrasion to the skin such as a scraped knee or a cut, the body’s defense system sends antibodies to the surface of the skin to fight off germs and speed the healing by making new skin cells. Microdermabrasion is simulating this same type of effect, the body thinks it is being attacked and send those antibodies and nutrients to the skin to produce collagen and fresh, new skin cells.
There are minor side effects such as redness and soreness to the touch. These effects are temporary and don’t last long. ‘You might experience a little bit of swelling but not everyone does. The length of time it takes depends on your body, but most people see improvement of the symptoms within a few hours.
Microdermabrasion is a totally non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that changes the way you look and feel. Talk to your doctor to see if this procedure might be beneficial to you.
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