Just as furniture and flooring can be sanded, your skin can be sanded, as well. Sanding furniture and flooring creates a smooth, uniform surface, and microdermabrasion, also known as particle resurfacing, does the same thing for your skin but much more gently. This facial treatment utilizes tiny, non-invasive crystals that gently exfoliate your skin. Learn more about what this procedure is, how it works and how it can give you radiant skin below:
WHAT IS PARTICLE RESURFACING?
Particle resurfacing is a minimally invasive method of polishing the skin by removing its outermost layer of cells. It’s basically gentle abrasion and suction. The technique emerged in the 1990s and addresses discoloration, minor scarring, sun damage, and fine lines. It’s beneficial for all skin types and colors without scarring or altering pigment.
WHAT CAN IT DO?
The procedure is acclaimed for:
• Improving patches of darkened skin.
• Improving blackheads and age spots.
• Reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
• Exfoliating and rejuvenating your skin.
• Reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
• Reducing or eradicating enlarged pores.
• Treating acne or acne scars.
• Boosting collagen production. Collagen is a protein, it forms fibrous connective tissue that makes skin taut and smooth. In your twenties, collagen production diminishes, and the quality of that collagen deteriorates, resulting in loose, irregular skin. According to a study published in the “Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Surgery,” this technology has been proven to maximize blood flow and collagen production. This will impart a fresh-faced, healthy glow.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A handheld device is used to spray highly pressurized microcrystals (aluminum oxide or sodium chloride) against the skin of the face, neck or chest. This “sandblasting” exfoliates the top layer of dry, dead skin cells. A built-in vacuum then sucks up these impurities, bestowing luminous texture and tone. After the procedure, patients can immediately resume their regular day-to-day activities.
IS IT SAFE?
This is the safest of all procedures that penetrate or disturb the skin’s exterior and is performed by a trained professional. Backed by decades of experience and implementing cutting-edge technology, the experts at Skintastic can capably perform this treatment to help you look good and feel good. Many people select this procedure over chemical peels and laser treatments because it is safer and more cost-effective.
DOES IT HURT?
Although crystals being blasted across your skin sounds painful, skin buffing doesn’t usually hurt. It has sometimes been described as a tingling feeling or the sensation of a cat licking the skin. Your skin may feel just a bit tight afterward, but this will abate in a few hours. Side effects are minor or nonexistent. Some bruising or redness may occur if you have very sensitive skin, but this is temporary. One of the most appealing things about skin buffing is that it doesn’t involve anesthesia or needles.
DO MANY PEOPLE USE IT?
Yes. It’s one of the top five minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the United States, as ranked by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in their yearly report. It has the prestigious status of fifth among the following procedures:
• Dermal Fillers
• Chemical peels
• Laser hair removal
HOW OFTEN DOES IT NEED TO BE DONE?
If you’re using the technology for skin brightening and blackhead removal, you may notice visible results after your very first treatment. Other conditions may require five to 10 sessions for ideal results. Maintenance treatments should be regularly scheduled after your initial session. Your physician may recommend prescription-strength skincare products to boost the results of the procedure.
IS IT THE SAME AS DERMABRASION?
No. Dermabrasion is a skin-resurfacing modality, but unlike skin sanding, it is a drastic, invasive surgical procedure requiring local or general anesthesia. Depending upon the desired results, the procedure takes between 30 minutes to two hours. Recovery from dermabrasion is long; typically, 10 to 14 days.
During this recuperation period, most patients experience moderate pain that must be treated with medication. The skin will also be pink/red, irritated, and swollen during most of the recovery period. Patients undergoing dermabrasion may be at risk for long-term complications including scarring, infection, and permanent skin color alterations.
WHICH CELEBRITIES USE THIS PROCEDURE?
Many celebrities use this procedure with outstanding results, including:
• Cameron Diaz
• Gwen Stefani
• Jennifer Lopez
• Gwyneth Paltrow
When the way you look on the outside doesn’t match the way you feel on the inside, the renowned professionals at Skintastic can restore your confidence and self-image with cutting-edge microdermabrasion. We blend science and art in a technology that will turn you into a masterpiece. (Note that your results may vary.) Please also consider our vast array of cosmetic rejuvenation services including:
We also offer our exciting Skincentives monthly membership that includes the treatments that you love and ones you’re interested in sampling: laser hair removal, medical weight loss, and photo facials, among many others. Membership packages start at only $89 a month.
Disclaimer: The above article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for medical advice. Please also note that no cosmetic surgical procedures are guaranteed, and results will vary from client to client. To find out if our services are right for you please call us for a free consultation. When it’s results you want, it’s experience you need.