Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic treatment that involves buffing the skin through the use of fine grains to slough off the top layer, revealing a healthier layer beneath. There are various types of treatment, ranging from at-home versions to highly precise treatment performed by a trained dermatologist using the most innovative technology.
Components of the Skin
In order to understand more about how microdermabrasion gives you brighter and younger looking skin, we should examine the makeup of skin and how it’s formed. The epidermis and the dermis are the two main layers of the skin. The epidermis is the outer layer, and is actually made up of dead skin cells. The cells beneath, in the dermis, are in the process of maturing. Then there is the very top layer that protects the other two which is called the stratum corneum. It is upon this layer that blemishes and fine lines reside.
Microdermabrasion uses a device to remove the stratum corneum. When this occurs, the body’s immediate response is to begin to regenerate the lost or damaged skin cells with new ones. This healing process brings healthy skin cells to the surface, which leads to a smoother and more refreshed look. Microdermabrasion’s ablation, or roughening process, actually removes fine lines, blemishes, and signs of sun damage.
An added benefit to this process is that the new, fresh layer of skin allows for skincare products to now be more easily absorbed, therefore, increasing their effectiveness. Because of its rejuvenating effect on the lower layers of skin, microdermabrasion has been shown to over time improve the reduction of some long-standing blemishes.
How It Works
Let’s take a generalized look at how microdermabrasion works when performed at Pinnacle. A specialized device is used to spray an abrasive material onto the skin, breaking up the outer layer of dead skin cells, which is then vacuumed up or sprayed away. Various procedures use different materials as sloughing agents; at Pinnacle Dermatology, a system known as Diamondtome is used. The device is used with precision, even strokes and the process does no damage to the inner layer. You are usually given specialized creams or serums to use at home after your session to return lost moisture and encourage healing.
Microdermabrasion is a very effective, safe and convenient method for improving the overall look and texture of lackluster skin, giving you a brighter and healthier glow.
If you think microdermabrasion could be something that will benefit you, call Dr. Spurlin and his team at Pinnacle Dermatology in Birmingham today!