I had micodermabrasion at my local day spa (they offered me a discount) but many people I know prefer to have a surgeon or dermatologist do the skin resurfacing. If the comfort and peace of mind that comes with steady, experienced hands is essential to you, here's a list of tips on finding a good, reliable, microdermabrasion clinic.
The best way to find a microderm abrasion clinic is to ask for references - a friend, a friend's friend, reviews posted by people on the Internet (real people, not clinic employees or aestheticians).
If you don't know anyone who's had microdermabrasion, then ask your physician to help you find a good clinic. Physicians are familiar with medical professionals in your city and will be well aware of each doctor's reputation, making them an excellent source of recommendation.
If that doesn't work, then have a browse through popular skin care forums, groups and chat rooms and ask people for recommendations. Their opinion is unbiased and trustworthy, especially if they can recommend microdermabrasion clinics which already have good reviews.
A very important thing to check is whether the doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and whether he or she is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Be careful, many doctors say they are board members, without naming the board they are part of. These doctors may not be certified at all but may try to trick you into believing that they are.
A certified doctor is a guarantee that all medical regulations are met, that ethics are respected and your health is safe in their hands.
Make an appointment and go see them. While many spas and beauty salons offer consultations free of charge, at dermatology clinics these can cost between $50-$100 (I've seen places where it's free if you book online). This appointment is your chance to ask detailed questions about the procedure itself bit also about their experience. The doctor (and staff) should be open and courteous. If any of their answers or reactions make you feel uncomfortable or uneasy in any way, you may want to consider choosing another clinic.
This is a short list of questions I would ask:
Next, some of the over-the-counter microdermabrasion systems I've tried.
A: By removing the top layer of the skin, spa micro derm abrasion diminishes or even removes superficial red marks. Deeper red marks require a more invasive procedure, like deep chemical peeling or laser resurfacing.
A: Microdermabrasia is safe for young women (and men) of all skin types but most doctors recommend it for girls 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: Microdermabrastion machine is effective on fine lines. It evens out skin texture through abrasion of the top layer of skin. The effect is a reduction or even total removal of fine lines.
A: Laser resurfacing is more invasive and also more effective on deeper skin imperfections. Microdermabrasian gives better results on superficial scars, lines and stretch marks.
A: Avoid sunbathing or going outside with no sun protection for at least a month after microdermabarasion Also avoid waxing for 4 weeks afterward as well as exfoliation products for at least 3 days after the procedure.
A: Home microdermasion systems can be used on your neck as long as it's especially formulated as a face micrdermabrasion tool (unless otherwise stated). Using a body microdermabarasion cream on your neck may be too harsh and result in irritation. Dermatologist-performed microderm abrasions is suitable for use on the neck.
A: The Do-It-Yourself microabrasions product from Susan Lucci is effective for some people and isn't for others. There are many satisfied consumers who say that Susan Lucci product 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.
A: This procedure exfoliates the top layer of skin which consists of dead skin cells. Microdermoabrasion cream stimulates collagen production, essential to healthy skin and also evens out skin texture and tone.
A: Micro dermabration machine is effective on hyper pigmentation. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck. Several professional microdermabrasions are required to even out skin tone and get rid of hyper pigmentation.
A: Microdermbrasion product stimulates collagen growth which is why it works on large pores. Collagen production is stimulated through skin exfoliation. Furthermore, the vacuum function of most microderm abrasion equipment sucks out hardened oil, dust and other dirt which may clog your pores. This way, the oil in the glands can again reach the surface of your skin and your pores can return to their natural shape and size.
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