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After having microdermabrasion on my arms, when I washed my hands, I noticed scratches on my arms and wanted to know if this is normal?

After having microdermabrasion on my arms, when I washed my hands, I noticed scratches on my arms and wanted to know if this is normal?

Abrasion: Microdermabrasion is just minute abrasions which may get too deep leading to noticeable abrasion. For a procedure involving a larger area, a few scratches may not be avoidable and will likely heal in a week or two.

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Microdermabrasion (Definition)

A spray of fine crystals or a wand embedded with and abrasive material such as diamond dust is used to scrape a layer of dead skin off your face. Suction is used to remove debris from clogged pores. Microdermabrasion can help stimulate collagen and lighten ...Read more


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What is microdermabrasion?

Skin layer removal: Microdermabrasion is a way of removing a thin layer of dirt and dead skin from your face. A spray of fine crystals or a wand imbedded with an abrasive material such as diamond dust is used along with gentle suction to mechanically scrape and clean the skin. The treatment increases circulation and stimulates collagen growth. There is almost no downtime and minimal discomfort.

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How useful is microdermabrasion?

How useful is microdermabrasion?

Refreshening: MDA is a rather superficial scraping of the outer layers of the skin off with several methods varying from a fine semi sterile sand to a diamond tip scraper. MDA will refresh the texture an tome of the skin after repeated applications it may reduce acne, unclog pores and possibly tighten skin by collagen stimulation

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How does microdermabrasion work?

How does microdermabrasion work?

Remove skin: MDA is a technique of removing the outer layers of the epidermis without causing a lot of trauma or bleeding. Several things exist from fine sand to diamond tip attached to a suction hose. THe MDA unclogs pores reduces acne and scars. It causes a stimulation of collagin secondary to trauma

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Will microdermabrasion really work?

Will microdermabrasion really work?

Depends...: ...On what you want it to do. Microdermabrasion is a superficial peeling procedure that removes or lessens surface discoloration and sun damage. There is little or no recovery time, but a series of them is usually required. It works, if your expectations are realistic, and if you have it done by someone with the proper skills, i.e. Not some nurse's assistant in a spa.

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What to expect from microdermabrasion?

Not much: A microdermabrasion removes the outermost layer of cells, making the skin a little smoother and softer! But the results are short lived.

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What is Microdermabrasion? How it works?

What is Microdermabrasion? How it works?

Exfoliation: microdermabrasion is the mechanical removal of the upper layer of dead damaged skin cells known as the Stratum Corneum. Exfoliation of this layer of cells stimulates the production of new, healthy cells.

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Will microdermabrasion work for me at 50+?

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Of: Of course, microdermabrasion exfoliates and smoothes the face. There is no limitation on any adults regardless of age. However if your skin damage is more severe there may be procedures better suited and more helpful for your problem.

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What are some benefits of microdermabrasion?

Minimal: Microdermabrasion will only give you some minimal skin glowing that is very short lived. Removes the top layer of dead skin, not deep enough to give you a dramatic or longlasting improvement.

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How effective is personal microdermabrasion?

How effective is personal microdermabrasion?

Somewhat effective: Portable microdermabrasion devices made for home use tend to be have a very weak suction and abrasive component. Although using these devices is better than doing nothing at all, the effectiveness of home devices do not come close to a professional microdermabrasion.

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Can you tell me about getting microdermabrasion?

Superficial: Microdermabrasion is a superficial procedure on the skin which can freshen the appearance of the skin.

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Is microdermabrasion an effective anti-aging method?

Not exactly.: By itself microdermabrasion only removes the top surface of the skin. However, this makes your skin more porous so anti-aging preparations or laser treatments will be better absorbed. You can accomplish the same thing with a scrub or a gommage. Done regularly, any exfoliation method will teach your skin to "turn itself over" which will reduce the outward signs of aging.

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How does microdermabrasion differ from exfoiliating?

More depth: Microdermabrasion is one of the more extreme ways to exfoliate by "sandblasting" with small crystals. Exfoliation in general means removing some of the outer layers of dead skin to freshen the appearance and allow better penetration of products. This can be done with mild chemicals or abrasive scrubs. The mechanical means of microdermabrasion is felt to be more thorough.

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What should I expect from my first microdermabrasion?

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Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation procedure. It exfoliates the outer layers of the skin making your skin feel smoother and more radiant and fresher after the procedure. It usually requires multiple procedures for maximum effectiveness. For better stronger results fraxel, erbium or pixel laser are suggested.

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How different is profesional and home microdermabrasion?

Deeper Treatment: Devices designed for home use are usually very "watered down". Manufacturers do not want to get sued because people misuse their products. Microdermabrasion machines used by professionals will give you a much deeper exfoliation with stronger suction to clean out your pores. The advantage of home use products is that you may be able to do it more regularly because it's cheaper.

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How can I get the most benefits from my microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion: My aesthetician's patients have found that dermaplaning (which is done with a blade that gives an aggressive exfoliation) is much more effective than microdermabrasion. Make sure that the person performing the procedure is well qualified.

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Can I use scrubs as an alternative for a microdermabrasion?

Controversial: The particles in scrubs at generally larger than those used in microdermabrasion and do not always accomplish as uniform an exfoliation.

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What is the definition or description of: microdermabrasion?

Exfolliation Facial: A spray of fine crystals or a wand embedded with and abrasive material such as diamond dust is used to scrape a layer of dead skin off your face. Suction is used to remove debris from clogged pores. Microdermabrasion can help stimulate collagen and lighten blemishes and fine lines.

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How much time should you leave in between microdermabrasion sessions?

Week or so.: These are mild/ minimal exfoliative treatments. That last only a week or so. So it depends on your budget and how much benefit you see from it.

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