Having Microdermabrasion on Your Body including Legs?

Can you use microdermabrasion anywhere? Most people I've talked to had skin rejuvenation procedures on their face but I had many questions related to having skin resurfacing on the body. Basically, you can have microdermabrasion almost anywhere on your body in order to get rid of superficial scars, age spots, stretch marks, wrinkles, blemishes or dull skin. And by almost, I mean there are exceptions.

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Before continuing, you might want to read about the top home microdermabrasion kits reviewed and compared by myself and my friends (I really like home microderm systems because they are convenient to use and don't break the bank) or find out more about doctor-performed microdermabrasion.

Professional Microderm on The Body

You can have professional micro dermabrasion on the neck, chest, abdomen, arms, hands, buttocks, hips and legs. Yes you can have microdermabrasion on your legs but not on your feet, though, because the skin here is very thin. Any peeling caused by the high-pressure crystal flow can harm the tissue on these areas, causing injuries, irritations and even permanent scarring.

You cannot have professional microdermabrasion on the ears (including ear lobes) either because the surface of the skin is very irregular and difficult to abrade properly. At the same time, there's the risk of getting stray micro crystals in the medium and inner ear.

With facial microdermabrasion, there is only one area where it poses a real risk -- the eye lids. Not only is the skin on the eye lids very sensitive and thin, but there's the added risk of getting stray crystals in your eyes. Other than that, office micro dermabrasion can be safely done on the nose (including nasal folds), chin, forehead, cheeks and lips

Home Microderm on The Body

Some people seem to believe that as long as they use something less abrasive, it's ok to have microderm abrasion on the eye lids. I do not recommend it, not even with a face micro dermabrasion cream. Not only can you get stray crystals into your eyes but the abrasive cream itself can actually injure the eye lid (the skin is so thin that it could easily be torn, even by a less effective product). The risk is simply not worth it.

The skin on the ears may be a bit thicker (and, in theory, microdermabrasion creams should be mild enough to work without risks) but the ear folds and hard-to-reach places make the area difficult to abrade and clean properly. I would avoid having microdermabrasion on my ears unless there's a specific, serious skin imperfection I'd want to get rid of. Other than that, facial home microderm abrasion products are generally safe to use on the nose, chin, lips, forehead, cheeks and neck.

Be very careful around the lips where the skin is very sensitive and thin. This area needs a shorter and more gentle massage than the rest of the face. Also make sure to avoid getting microderm abrasion cream in your mouth (even though aluminum crystals are not considered toxic, they can, in theory, cause internal injuries if swallowed).

Facial vs Body microdermabrasion Creams

Body microabrasion scrubs are usually more aggressive than the facial creams, because they are especially designed for the thicker, less sensitive skin on the body. Using the body formula on the face can result in irritations, breakouts and injuries. Using the facial formula on the body, on the other hand, is a waste because face micro dermabrasion creams are much too mild to have any significant effect on thicker skin.

Popular brands of body microdermabrasion products are Neutrogena, Dermanew, Lancome and Youthful Essence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How To Use Microdermal Abrasion On Yourself?

A: Since you cannot use a professional microdermabration machine on your own without professional training, the only way to perform this procedure on your own is to use an at-home commercial kit. These kits contain cloths, sponges, rotating applicators, crystal creams, pre- and post-care formulas. All you have to do is follow the instructions that come with the product.

Q: Can You Have Micro Dermabration If You Have Sensitive Skin?

A: OTC microdermibrasion system is appropriate for all skin types (including those with sensitive skin ) because this procedure sandblasts only the outermost skin layer which is made of dead skin cells. There's no damage to live tissue which could cause scarring or severe irritation. The exfoliation process involved in office micro abrasion helps the skin renew itself quicker and more effectively.

Q: How Can Microdermabrasion Make Surgical Scars Even Themselves Out?

A: By removing the top layer of skin, microdermabrasions even out skin texture and helps improve superficial surgical scars. More severe surgical scarring needs more advanced non-surgical techniques, like a deep chemical peel or laser facial resurfacing.

Q: Does Micro Derma Abrasion Work For Your Face?

A: By resurfacing the top layer of the skin, home microabrasions is effective. After a full treatment of 6-12 sessions, most people notice significant improvement in skin tone and texture. The face looks younger, feels smoother, and has fewer superficial scars, fine wrinkles, enlarged or clogged pores. More severe skin imperfections require more invasive procedures like laser or chemical peeling. Personal microderm abrasions is also not as effective as dermatologist-performed microderm abrasian.

Q: How Can Micro Derm Abrasion Make Blackheads Improve?

A: By exfoliating the top layer of the skin, micro derma abrasion system cleans deep into the pore and removes excess oil and dirt that clog pores - which causes blackheads. Most blackheads are removed while more stubborn blackheads are reduced.

Q: How Can Micro Dermal Abrasion Help Restore Even Pigmentation?

A: Microderma brasion tool is effective on uneven pigmentation The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck. Several clinic microderm sessions are required to even out skin tone and get rid of irregular pigmentation.

Q: How Can Microdermabrasion Help Even Out Face Complexion?

A: This procedure exfoliates the top layer of skin which consists of dead skin cells. Micro dermabration system stimulates collagen production, essential to a beautiful skin complexion and also evens out skin texture and tone.

Q: What Is The Price For Microderma?

A: Compared to other non-surgical procedures, dermatologist-performed microdermabrasions is the least expensive skin rejuvenation procedure. For example, microdermabration kits cost between $15 and $200, depending on contents and brand. Kits that include a rotating hand-held device designed to massage the crystal cream onto your face are the most expensive (and the most effective). The price of a single microdermabasion treatment at a beauty salon or spa varies between $75 and $200. One full face session at a surgeon or dermatologist office costs somewhere between $100 and $300, not including initial consultation fees (which may cost an additional $150). You may need an average of 9 treatments and 4 maintenance sessions for best results which makes a full micro dermal abrasion treatment cost around $1,600 per year.

Q: How Can Micro Derm Abrasion Make Acne Scarring Less Noticeable?

A: By removing the top layer of the skin, beauty salon cosmetic microderm abrasion diminishes or even removes superficial acne scarring. Deeper acne scarring require a more invasive procedure, like a deep chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing.

Q: Does Mary Kay Microderm Work?

A: The Over The Counter microderm abrasian system from Mary Kay works for some people and doesn't work for others. There are many satisfied consumers who say that Mary Kay system does make their skin look younger and feel smother. However, there are some unhappy consumers who say the kit is either too aggressive, causing them skin irritations and break-outs, or not very effective in removing fine scars and wrinkles. The only way to find out if the product works for you is to try to get a free sample and test the formula on your face.