Microderma abrasion may sound good but you want to see results first hand, I get that. Sadly, not all plastic surgeries, dermatologists or spas publish pictures from before and after microdermabrasion to illustrate what results to expect. And if that weren't enough, some of the before/after pics that do exist are fake. There are several ways in which images of good microdermabrasion results deceive.
Some pics are simply retouched with a digital program like Photoshop. The skin is smeared to make the complexion smoother and the visible pores gone. These are easy to spot because in the after photo, the person is in exactly the same position as they are in the before photo. The only difference is how good the skin looks after the supposed 'microdermabrasion treatment'.
With other photos, fake results are not always so easy to spot. Many people have micro abrasion in conjunction (or after) other procedures such as laser resurfacing, collagen injections, etc. Any improvement attributed solely to micro dermabration is, in these cases, impossible to pinpoint.
Other images are even worse. The caption says "results after x microdermabrasions" but sometimes the person in the picture never had micro dermabrasion, but a completely different rejuvenation technique (usually more invasive, more expensive and, indeed, more effective).
Unfortunately, it's precisely these fake before and after pictures posted by unscrupulous websites that raise false hopes among women and men everywhere.
To help you with your search, I've put together a collection of links to microderm photo galleries on the Internet. Now, I cannot say how real the results in the after shots are but take them with a grain of salt and you should be fine.
Pictures of MegaPeel Treatment - Mega Peel offers microderm abrasion machines and this page illustrates obtained results.
Delphia Micro Abrasion Photos - Pictures of microderm results (around the eyes, on active acne and acne scars) of the Delphia microdermabrasion system.
Yes They're Fake - Before photo is 2 years after Accutane, after photo is post 12 microdermabrasions and pulsed dye laser.
A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Pictures - Series of 4 before and after microderma photos from A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Permanent Faces - Six before and after skin abrasion photos from Yardley Aesthetics Center (micro dermabrasion was performed on acne scarring, brown spots and active acne).
Peppercorn MD - Two sets of photos of treatment on the face and back.
A: By removing the top layer of the skin, professional microdermabrasia diminishes or even removes superficial red marks. Deeper red marks require a more invasive procedure, like deep chemical peeling or laser resurfacing.
A: Self micro derm abrasion tool is safe for all ages and all skin types but most doctors recommend it for patients aged 14 and older, mainly because they want to make sure that all major hormonal changes are over and the results of the procedure are as good as they can be.
A: Stretch marks appear on your skin as uneven skin tone and texture. By exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin, micro derma brasion kit evens out skin tone and texture, thus reducing or totally removing stretchmarks.
A: Intense Pulsed Light is a non-invasive procedure capable of diminishing or removing age spots (liver spots), fine wrinkles (rhytids), facial flushing, redness, broken capillaries, freckles, minor sun damage, tattoos, varicose veins, spider veins, flat birth marks and hypo-pigmentation. Unfortunately, IPL is not recommended for dark skinned people and persons suffering from oily skin. In short, IPL and micro derma brasion have similar results and are both non-invasive, but micro dermabration has fewer contraindications.
A: Some specialists recommend using mild make-up to cover the redness on your face while others say that any type of liquid or powder foundation or any other type of cover up is absolutely forbidden in the first 2-3 days after micro abrasion The best thing to do is ask the doctor who performed the procedure whether you can use foundation or not immediately after the treatment. All doctors agree, though, that some mascara and lip gloss are completely harmless.
A: Do-It-Yourself microderm abrasion systems can be used on your body as long as it's especially formulated as a body micro dermal abrasion tool. Using a face micro derm abrasion kit on your body will not have the desired effects because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your body. Dermatologist-performed microabrasions is suitable for use on the body except for the feet where the skin is too thin.
A: Keratosis sufferers should not use micro derma abrasion This procedures is somewhat invasive to the skin (any skin rejuvenation treatment is to some extent) and can worsen their condition. This applies to personal micro derm abrasion as well, despite its mild effect.
A: Compared to other cosmetic procedures, microdemabrasion involves few risks: if the machine is not properly handled or has not been properly sterilized, hyperpigmentation, skin injuries or infections may occur as a result; it is also possible to inhale micro crystals used during the procedure. Aluminum oxide crystals, however, cause no allergic or adverse reactions. Eye injury from stray micro crystals used to be a concern but these days plastic or rubber goggles makes it extremely unlikely.
A: Rosacea is one of the main contraindications of microdermabrasion, because the exfoliation process worsens rosacea symptoms (redness, itchiness, flaking). Over the counter microderm creams either (even though they are milder). microbrasion either (even though they are milder).
A: Derma microabrasion pulverizes away the dead skin layer (the outermost layer) in order to even out skin texture and erase superficial chicken pox scars. More severe chicken pox scarring requires more invasive non-surgical techniques, like deep chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing.
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