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Microdermabrasion Facial Treatments

Microdermabrasion facial treatments are used to help freshen facial skin that has been damaged by acne, the sun, or from aging, resulting in a healthier, glowing appearance. They can reduce wrinkles and blemishes and even out pigmentation. Because microderabrasion stimulates the production of skin cells and collagen, the skin has a more youthful look after treatment.

Most microdermabrasions are preformed for cosmetic reasons. A fine sandblasting device sprays tiny aluminum oxide crystals across the face at high pressure in a process that mixes gentle abrasion with suction to remove the dead outer layers of the skin. The process takes 30 minutes to an hour. No anesthetics are necessary, and there are no resulting side effects other then some temporary skin redness. Microdermabrasions can be done on a “lunchtime” basis, as all normal activities can be immediately resumed. It may take up to 5 to 12 treatments spaced 2 to 3 weeks apart to obtain the best results. Repeat treatments will be periodically required to maintain the effects of microdermabrasion. The process can be performed on all skin types and colors.

Most microdermabrasions are preformed by professionals who have been specially trained to do them. Recently, cosmetic companies have introduced inexpensive at home kits that use a battery operated scrubber and thick, gritty creams to achieve a milder abrasive result. These kits do not include the suction element of the treatment. You should read and follow all directions.

Care should be taken to use sunblocking products to protect your skin after any type of microdermabrasion process.

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