Saturday, May 22, 2010
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a procedure in which the outermost layer of the skin is removed. Also known as microderm, this procedure removes the stratum corneum, which is the dead section of your skin. Afterwards, the removed skin is vacuumed off. The reason why this procedure is very popular is because the skin doesn't suffer from a lot of trauma. As a matter of fact, it is so unobtrusive that it can be done without the use of anesthesia.
The purpose of this procedure is to remove skin that has been damaged by sun overexposure, for eliminating those nasty dark spots, or for removing or lessening scars (the latter is intended for those scars that are too profound for microdermabrasion). However, those aren't the only uses for microdermabrasion, acne is also one of the reasons why this product has become so popular. Imagine the millions of adolescents (men or women) who suffer from acne and its effects. Now, they have a new tool to fight it.
Do not confound microdermabrasion with dermabrasion, though. The latter is a medical procedure, where the surface of the skin is removed using a technique called abrasion or with the use of a laser (lately, this has become the preferred choice among doctors and patients since it is less traumatic). This procedure is very painful and requires anesthesia. It is done for those cases in which the skin has been badly damage by the sun, or for removing deep scars.