Posted by Virginia Makoti on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Skin, more especially facial skin, is exposed to environmental factors. The last thing you want is to go around with dull congested, dry, scarred, wrinkly skin. Now that winter is over,  you might be thinking of ways of getting your natural glow back and how to get rid of tell tales left behind by winter due to harsh cold weather and moisture sucking heaters or harsh beauty products. For some, extreme treatments might be needed to help with acne and scaring.  In a case like this, dermabrasion or micro-dermabrasion may have to be considered. But what are dermabrasion and micro-dermabrasion procedures?

Dermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that uses thin wire brush, or a diamond wheel with rough edges. The usage of this "derma brush" is to exfoliate the top layer of the skin at much deeper level, causing micro-injuries to the epidermis and dermis. It is done under local anesthesia for numbing, whereas micro-dermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses spray micro-crystals to remove the top layer of the skin, by peeling it off; some refer to it as mechanical exfoliation or micro resurfacing.

Dermabrasion is a procedure that might be considered sensitive for others due to the injuries that it causes the skin; it can be compared to laser treatment but at a lower cost. After dermabrasion, skin feels and appears scraped. Once these injuries heal and scabs detach, new skin grows in place of the old one within eight weeks. Dermabrasion can also be used effectively to treat traumatic scars such as burns or surgical scars. The question here might be why would you want to use a wire like brush that causes injuries on your facial skin?

As scary as it seems dermabrasion procedure has many benefits to your facial skin. It has the ability to remove wrinkles and scars because it is a deep facial treatment with a high degree of satisfactory results. However, when it comes to older clients, it may not be the great choice of treatment for wrinkles simply because matured skin may take a lot longer to heal than younger skin.

Other candidates suitable for dermabrasion procedure are those with:

 -Skin growths


 -Sun damage


 -Benign tumors

Possible complications during this procedure are rare, though temporary side effects may include:

 - Swelling

 - Sensitivity to sunlight

 - Flare ups

 - Redness

Microderambrasion, on the other hand, is effective in removing fine lines and pigment scars, keratoses, superficial scars, age spots, large or clogged pores, acne, repair skin texture, elasticity and stretch marks. The way in which micro-dermabaion works is through exfoliation of aluminum oxide crystals with specialized resurfacing vacuum suction machine with technician operated hand piece which removes dirt, causes cell division, leading to collagen production, resulting in firm, plumb skin; leaving a smooth skin feeling. This treatment might be used together with alpha hydroxy acid and serum. After treatment, a sunscreen hydrating moisturizer should be used to avoid sun damage.

Those who suffer from conditions below should avoid micro-deramation completely:

- Psoriasis

- Diabetes mellitus

- Active rosacea

- Warts

- Herpes, cold sores

- Vascular lesions

- Extremely fragile capillaries

These two procedures should only be performed by professional licensed beauty therapists in a safe environment. Stay vibrant!!

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