What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive method that greatly reduces stretch marks. It has the same effect on other grooves, hues, and tinges that people don’t want to see, such as age spots, acne scars, clogged pores, and crows’ feet.
The device used is handheld, and resembles a pen. To date there are two kinds of implements: the original one that involves emission of crystals made of aluminum oxide, diamond bits, or salt, and the latest that exfoliates dead skin and imperfections with a suctioning type of action. Both polish down dermal scars. Both improve skin quality. Both increase circulation and lymph flow.
One of the reasons for stretch mark formation is that the area that’s been ruptured has gotten bombarded by reparative collagen. After the collagen has helped to heal the site, it doesn’t blend completely into the skin that borders all around it. Microdermabrasion reduces this effect by virtually smoothing the edges.
The actual Microdermabrasion treatment is easy and quick.
A treatment lasts from thirty minutes to an hour. Twelve treatments are required for maximum results, two to three weeks apart. There’s no pain, no peeling, and no redness, either during the procedure, or after. In fact, when the appointment is over, it’s been reported that most people are happy to notice that their skin has acquired a healthier glow.
Preparation for the sessions is simple. There must be no prior tanning or sunburn, and topical Retin A use must be stopped. Stress to the skin caused by such aggravators, along with the microdermabrasion, could cause adverse effects.
Microdermabrasion does more to repair stretch marks than topical lotions and creams, yet it’s not the ordeal---not the pain or inconvenience or financial distress---of invasive surgery. It appears to be a good balance, a mix of noninvasive and infiltrating cures, with results that most people find satisfying.
There have been virtually no side effects reported. There have been no allergic reactions on record with regard to the only chemical involved, the aluminum oxide crystals.
The procedure can be done in the normal course of a day’s activities. Medical offices and clinics provide it, and so do a number of day spas. It can even be accomplished with a kit, right at home.
Will it completely remove stretch marks?
The reduction of scars is dramatic, but not 100%. The best results are with new stretch marks, on the fair skin of healthy individuals. The procedure is considerably effective, however, on every type of skin, every color and every condition, and on all depths of stretch mark striation.
Maintenance between treatments is required for the most superior outcomes. This involves usage of topical oils with preventative and healing properties. They work a lot better when used in conjunction with the polishing crystals or suction in the “pen”. The middle layer of skin, called the dermis, is where overstretching occurs. Oils can’t completely get through to the dermis, because of corneocytes, the cells that protect it. Microdermabrasion blasts corneocytes, making it easier for the oils to penetrate and speed up collagen and skin cell production, down in the dermis where it’s needed.
What’s the cost of Microdermabrasion?
Kits that can be bought and used at home run from $15 to $200. Spa treatments run from $75 to $200. Because of the proximity of licensed dermatologists, medical offices and clinics may be the safest, most effective way to go. But there may be a hefty consulting fee, and the charge per treatment is $100 to $300, and don’t forget, you need twelve.