My most traumatic scar ever was a deep scar I had on my right cheek (got it when I was 5, playing with my sister in an oak tree). I had it removed with dermabrasion but I still had many other superficial scars that annoyed me. Scars are like that and if you have any scarring on your face, you know what it feels like. But you know what helps? Knowing that there isn't a single person in the world who has no scars whatsoever.
A scar is actually tissue that replaces other tissue destroyed by trauma or injury. Any kind of injury (except, of course, minor ones which only cause bruising), whether it is a burn, broken bone, tear, accident or disease, will leave a scar on your body. It is a normal and inherent sign of the healing process. Having scars is a sign that you're normal. I know, that doesn't help with the fact that they're unpleasing to look at.
Facial scars are actually the most common reason why people have skin resurfacing but because many of them have superficial scars (and perhaps a few deeper scars), they don't want to take unnecessary risks. That's why microdermabrasion is so attractive.
Basically, the skin is sandblasted with a micro-crystal flow which effectively peels off a very fine skin layer. This layer is only made of dead cells which explains why the live tissue underneath is not damaged in any way. Microabrasion is effective on both sunken and raised scars but due to its superficial nature, it works better on raised scars than on sunken scars.
It took me about 10 microdermabrasions to see a real improvement. Most of my scars were superficial which is why they disappeared nearly completely while the deeper ones are definitely less visible.
I often get asked if home dermabrasion kits work well on scarring. Some of them do work but choosing one is tricky. For a personal microderm system to work on facial scarring, it would have to be more aggressive than kits that only advertise 'general improvements' in complexion, which is where the problems start.
The more aggressive home micro dermabrasion systems can cause irritations and/or breakouts (partly because the before or after-care products use irritants but also because it's so easy to over-abrade the skin and cause damage to the live layer underneath). I've had good success with Youthful Essence, Dermanew and also with my latest microdermabrasion kit review, the Personal Microderm System, as well.
I've compiled a list of the most popular treatments for removing scarring:
After an injury, the body starts its own healing process and in time, it replaces the harmed tissue with a new one. Unfortunately, this new tissue is never identical with the one it replaces: it looks different, feels different and doesn't work as well as before. For example, a surgical scar on your arm will be less resistant to UV rays, it will never grow hair or be elastic.
The type of scars that bother us most are those on our skin because they're visible and ugly. When the skin is damaged, the body uses collagen to create new cells which then replace the damaged tissue, forming scars. They have a different color and texture to your undamaged skin (they look slightly red and swollen at first).
Other types of scars include sunken scars (caused by acne, chickenpox or surgery) - they appear when the structures that support the skin collapse or are destroyed.
Keloid and hypertrophic scars are both the result of unexplained overproduction of collagen and are more problematic. Keloid scars are abnormal skin tissue that keeps on growing until it resembles a large tumor.
Hypertrophic scars are red and swollen, and they maintain the shape of the injury without overgrowing its original size. These two types of scars appear more frequently on dark-skinned people and can be the result of an accident, a burn or acne, but they can also appear without an obvious cause.
Next, a few words on home vs clinic micro dermabrasion.
A: Personal microdermabrasian creams can be used on your decollete as long as it's especially formulated as a body microdermibrasion product. Using a face microdermal abrasions product on your decollete will not have the desired effect because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your back. Office microderm abrasions are suitable for use on the decollete.
A: Younger-looking skin needs elasticity and density, both achievable through skin cell renewal. Microabrasions cream abrades the outermost skin layer and stimulates skin renewal. An effective skin renewal process results in increased elasticity and density. Moreover, the vacuum function of the derma microabrasion machine sucks up dirt and hardened oil to reveal an even skin texture and tone.
A: Microdermbrasion tool is effective on hyper pigmentation. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck. Several beauty salon micro dermal abrasion sessions are required to even out skin tone and get rid of hyper pigmentation.
A: Microderm abrasian tool stimulates collagen growth which is why it's effective on enlarged pores. Collagen production is stimulated through skin exfoliation. Furthermore, the vacuum function of most micro derma abrasion devices 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.
A: According to thousands of online testimonials, personal micro dermabration gives effects on superficial skin imperfections. But like with most non-surgical procedures, the results depend on your medical condition, your body's ability to recover and on who performs the procedure on you. Most patients who have tried microdermabasion say the procedure was effective in diminishing enlarged pores, stretch marks, acne scars, age spots, fine lines, red marks, and dull skin More severe skin imperfections cannot be improved with this non-invasive technique, because it only sandblasts the top layer of the skin, not being able to reach deeper layers of skin.
A: Thanks to its non-invasive nature, personal macrodermabrasion has virtually no risks and no side effects. There are some contraindications, however: patients who took Accutane for the previous 6 months, pregnant and nursing women, people suffering from active herpes lesions, malignant tumors, keratosis, active rosacea or weeping acne should not have microdermbrasion.
A: Home microdermabarasion product 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 microderm abrasions helps the skin renew itself quicker and more effectively.
A: Liver spots can be reduced or even removed entirely through several micro dermabration sessions - the flow of crystals exfoliates the top layer of the skin and evens out skin tone.
A: You can use Microdem abrasion on tattooed skin with no risk or side effects. This skin resurfacing technique is too mild to remove tattoos.
A: Stretch marks appear on your skin as uneven skin tone and texture. By exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin, microdermabration kit evens out skin tone and texture, thus reducing or totally removing stretchmarks.
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