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Microdermabrasion

Minimally Invasive Procedure

Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer, and has many benefits.

What are the steps of a microdermabrasion procedure?

Imagine a very fine sand blaster and you'll get a picture of how microdermabrasion works. It uses microparticles, or a diamond-tipped wand, to remove the top layer (epidermis) of your skin and stimulate new skin growth.

Two kinds of microdermabrasion procedures

There are two kinds of microdermabrasion treatments. One approach involves a hand-held device that streams tiny crystals across your skin.

An attached vacuum simultaneously suctions those exfoliating crystals back into the machine, along with the dead or loosened skin.

The newer approach uses a diamond-tip wand that is gently moved across your skin to exfoliate.

Each treatment will last about a half hour. You may feel a mild scratching as the procedure removes the superficial skin cells.

Additionally, you'll notice a vibrating sensation akin to a massage. There is also a suction mechanism to lift off the dead skin.



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