I've been having in-office microdermabrasion treatments for three years now and I still can't tell what brand of microderm abrasion machines are used during my treatments. Fortunately, there's nothing wrong about that, because as my cosmetician explained to me, most professional micro dermabrasion machines and equipment work in roughly the same way and small differences between devices are almost impossible to spot by the untrained eye.
Spa, beauty salon and medical clinic managers, however, have a difficult task at hand when choosing which company to buy or rent their microdermabrasion equipment from.
One important thing to know is that in order to buy a professional microdermabrasion machine you need to work for a medical facility or for a beauty salon/spa. These devices are powerful and using them on your face without training is extremely dangerous.
As far as I know, there are four major professional micro dermabrasion brands: Parisian Peel, Smart Peel, PowerPeel, and MegaPeel (another one I know of is Dermagenesis. The sell not only in-office machines, but also skin care products like cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreen, and antioxidants. The cost of such a machine is high -- over $10,000, not including monthly supplies of micro crystals, waste filters, and before and after care cosmetic products.
These four major microderm device producers design and sell two different types of machines: medical grade and aesthetician designed models. The ones destined for medical use are a bit more powerful, but other than that, there is no major difference between the two.
This is how most professional micro derm abrasion machines work:
After having both professional and personal microdemabrasion repeatedly during the last three years, I can honestly say that the in-office procedure is more effective in diminishing fine lines, superficial scars, stretch marks, age spots, and dull skin appearance. I know it's impossible to choose the machine brand your cosmetician will be using, but at least make sure (if you can) that the device comes from one of the companies mentioned in this review.
Next, a few words on personal vs professional microderm treatment.
A: Micro dermal abrasion machine works on fine wrinkles. It evens out skin texture through abrasion of the top layer of skin. The effect is a reduction or even total removal of superficial wrinkles. Deeper wrinkles need a more invasive non-surgical technique, like a deep chemical peel or laser resurfacing.
A: Retin A (Tretinoin) is a Vitamin A-based solution used as treatment for acne and sun damaged skin. It is very effective as acne treatment and used for several years it helps the skin look younger. Microdermal abrasion. however, has quicker and more visible skin resurfacing results than Retin A.
A: Self microdemabrasion kits should not be used on your eye-lids even if it's especially formulated as a facial microdermabrasion kit. Using a face micro derma abrasion machine on your eye lids may result in irritation or scarring (the lids are too thin and can easily be damaged). Spa micro derma abrasion is not suitable for use on eye lids either.
A: Microdem abrasion is not recommended if you've had chemical peeling (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, TCA, Jessner or any other kind of peel) in the last 14 days because the two exfoliating procedures combined are too aggressive and might affect your skin's ability to recover. This applies to over the counter product and specialist treatment.
A: Office microdermabrasian machine is appropriate for all skin colors (including black 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 doctor-performed microdermabrasions helps the skin renew itself quicker and more effectively.
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