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Rejuvenate Sun Damaged Skin with Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a type of surgical skin resurfacing. It treats fine lines and relatively superficial scars, with small risk and quick recovery.

Skin resurfacing techniques

Regular dermabrasion is for removing more major disfigurations, such as deep scarring or wrinkling, benign tumors, and superficial skin cancers. It works on a deeper level of the skin than does microdermabrasion.

Other skin resurfacing techniques are chemical peels and laser resurfacing.

All these procedures in some way work on the skin surface, but at different depths. They all resurface to improve the skin quality, by reducing age spots, for example, by softening light wrinkles, or reducing scars. The choice of which method to use depends on how deeply work will have to be done to achieve the person’s goals.

What is sun damage?

Sunlight is deceptive. It feels warm and benign, and gives us a “healthy” tan. But silently over the years, it hurts the skin. It causes wrinkles, blotchy discoloration, roughness, susceptibility to bruising, abnormal blood vessels and to cap it all off, can lead to skin cancer.

Age damages our skin too, making it drier, thinner, and more easily bruised. But age alone doesn’t much affect the job performance of our skin. Sunlight does. It contains ultraviolet light, radiation.

How does microdermabrasion work?

First, goggles are placed on your eyes for protection, and your skin is cleaned. Then using a hand-held the skin is gently abraded. The device uses a high-pressure flow of tiny crystals, and uses suction to recycle them and dispose of the detached tissue.

By thus removing that top layer of dead cells and the ones moving upwards behind them, it stimulates the lowest layer of the epidermis to produce more new cells.

It works well to reduce fine wrinkles, acne scars, crow's feet, and age spots. It corrects uneven pigmentation, skin roughness, whiteheads, and blackheads. It is a great way to treat active acne.

Typically a treatment regimen is set up, with four to six sessions, spaced a week apart.

Advantages of microdermabrasion

·         It requires no anesthesia

·         It’s painless

·         It’s quick and easy to perform (a quarter hour to one hour)

·         It can be repeated at short intervals for maximum benefit

·         It works for all skin types

·         There’s no recovery time required

Because of all this, it also does not interrupt your life much. You walk away from it with a healthy fresh glow on your skin. It’s usually done on the face and neck, but can also be done on other areas, such as the hands.

Disadvantages of microdermabrasion

·         It requires several treatments to get good effect

·         It’s ineffective on deep scars and wrinkles

Preventing sun damage is the best way to go. Use sunscreen, wear a hat, drink lots of water and you’ll be protected.

Finding a good cosmetic surgeon

Since cosmetic surgery has become so popular in the last 10 years or so, some doctors have taken short cut training to take advantage of this at a disservice to the general public. You want a properly trained and experienced surgeon, not one who might gain his basic experience on you! Choose a plastic surgeon who’s certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), and one who’s a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

While you should by all means listen to your friends and acquaintances who may have had cosmetic surgery and want to recommend their doctor to you you should do your homework too, and check the doctor’s credentials.

Some questions to ask when interviewing plastic surgeons

·         Do you have hospital privileges, and if so, which hospitals?

·         Can you do the procedure in the hospital if I want to?

·         If you do surgery in other facilities, are they accredited?

·         How many breast reductions have you done?

·         Can I speak to some of your previous patients about their experience with it?

Please click here for more information regarding microdermabrasion and other cosmetic surgery procedures in the Orlando, Florida area.

Article submitted by: Sara Goldstein,, 17301 W. Colfax, Suite 275, Golden, CO, USA 80401

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