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Definition: Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure (usually done in medspas or at a dermatologist's office) that improves skin's appearance by buffing away the dead outermost layer. It's an effective way to combat sun damage, light acne scars, fine lines and generally dull skin.

The procedure is usually performed using a microdermabrasion wand that shoots tiny crystal particles (usually aluminum oxide, sodium chloride or sodium bicarbonate) onto skin while simultaneously vacuuming up the dead skin that's uncovered. Microdermabrasion is painless, though it may feel "prickly" in more intense treatments. The cost varies depending on where you live, but on average, a microdermabrasion session costs $75–$200. Source

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TammyFir TammyFir 10 years
I get peels once every six weeks or so and have been thinking about trying this instead. I'm curious what the differences would be...
em1282 em1282 10 years
They sell those microdermabrasion kits in stores--obviously it's not the same as going to a spa, but Philosophy makes a great kit and it helps me skin a lot.
txhottie txhottie 10 years
My mother is an esthetician and she has done this to me, and to herself. It has wonderful effects for crow's feet and smile (or smokers) lines around the mouth! My mom must look 10 years younger with all of the small lines removed and my skin has never been clearer. Just remember you will peel for a few days, so don't do it right before a big event!
nomerz nomerz 10 years
also cherryluv it depends on the type of strech marks you have ... if you have red strech marks those tends to be more recent and they can be faded ... the white ones are older and you're pretty much stuck with those ... you can't really get rid of strech marks but you can lessen their appearance ... I've never heard of microderm helping them but I do know that different laser treatments can help with cellulite/strech marks.
nomerz nomerz 10 years
girls I would definitely research dermasweep if you are going to get microderm done! It's very similar to microderm but it also has an infusion process where you can use different types of acids (glycolic, salycilic, etc.) depending on skintype to really cater to the individual needs of a person. It's great and you get good results! :) I personally think it's better than traditional microderm.
Cherryluv Cherryluv 10 years
Yeah, I'm gunna get this done soon to as well. When I was younger, I grew up very quickly which, in result, left me stretch marks all over my body...blah! I heard that microdermabrasion helps to really fade stretch marks, so hopefully it'll work!
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 10 years
I'm gonna get this done soon. I've already had laser done and it really helped with pitted acne scars from my early teens. I'm only 21 but I wrecked my skin from messing with it too much during those years. It's under control now but I still have these faint red areas where the scarring was.
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