I have a very expressive face. I laugh, cry, shout, frown, and wonder with all my facial muscles. My mom wasn't at all surprised to notice the first expression wrinkle on my forehead when I was 12. I am now 35 and have fine lines all around my eyes and mouth. They are, off course, signs of beauty and distinction, but I try my best to keep them as fine as possible.
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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.
Microdermabrasion is effective on diminishing superficial wrinkles only. Deeper lines need a more invasive procedure, like a deep chemical peel or laser resurfacing.
I saw major improvements after my first full microderm abrasion series: the fine lines on my forehead and around my mouth had almost gone. Expression wrinkles may keep on forming, but at-home microdermabration kits help keep my lines at bay.
The process is very simple: micro dermabrasion exfoliates the top layer of the epidermis, removing the skin around the wrinkles and thus making them less visible. At the same time, microdermabrasion stimulates collagen production, helping the dermis sustain the outer skin layer and speed up the skin cell renewal process.
Experience has taught me that professional micro abrasion is more effective than at-home kits on diminishing wrinkles. Nevertheless, there are a few personal kits that do a great job at making fine lines less visible, Dermanew and Youthful Essence by Susan Lucci being my favorites (also see my latest microdermabrasion kit review, the Personal Microderm System).
I'm sure you now the old saying "prevention is the best cure". The best way to delay the appearance of wrinkles for as long as possible is to protect your skin from the sun. Don't go out without high SPF lotion on your face, neck, décolleté and arms. Use a high quality moisturizer every night before going to sleep (8 hours minimum). As my doctor often says, "moderation is essential": avoid excessive smoking, drinking and partying.
If it's too late for prevention, ask your doctor about wrinkle removal options. Although hundreds of companies advertise their cosmetic products as being anti-wrinkle formulas, most of them don't work. I've tried many but 90% of them have had no effect whatsoever on my lines. There are a few treatments that do work, but before choosing one, please talk to your doctor about:
Wrinkles are areas of thin, creased skin. They can appear anywhere on the body, but are most common on areas often exposed to the sun: face, neck, hands, décolleté, and arms. They can be deeper or more superficial, depending on their position and cause.
To understand how wrinkles appear, I read a few pages from my son's biology school book. The skin is made of three different layers: the epidermis (the outer thin layer that represents the contact area between our body and the surrounding environment); the dermis (the middle layer, made of connective tissue that makes skin thick, strong and elastic; this layer is the structural support of our skin); the subcutaneous tissue (made of fat cells that provide insulation for the body and additional support for the other two layers).
Epidermis cells are glued to dermal cells with a so-called junction layer that allows for moisture and nutritive substances to go from the dermis to the epidermis. To form a larger contact area, this layer has many creases and ridges. As we age, epidermal cells become less attached to the junction layer, while the junction layer itself looses its creases. As a result, less nutrients and moisture reach the surface, making the skin thinner, dryer and less firm.
The aging process also brings about changes in the dermal and subcutaneous layers. Elastin and collagen production slows down, making the dermis less resistant and elastic. At the same time fat cells in the subcutaneous layer are fewer and smaller, offering less support for the upper layers. That's why the skin on your face begins to sag and crease.
Many internal and external factors also cause wrinkles to appear prematurely: sun exposure, bad genes, hormones, smoking, gravity and pollution.
Next, a few words on home vs clinic micro dermabrasion.
A: You can perform micoderm abrasion on yourself as long as you use a special at-home kit. Professional microderm abrasions can only be performed by trained professionals. Because it can cause damage to the skin if not used properly, microderm abrasion machines should only be operated by people with specific theoretical and practical training.
A: Microabrasion system removes the outermost layer of the skin by sandblasting it with a jet of micro crystals. During the procedure, part of the pigment is physically eliminated and, at the same time, collagen production is stimulated so that your skin regains its density and elasticity. After 6 to 12 micro dermal abrasion treatments, smaller sun spots are entirely removed while larger ones fade significantly.
A: Rosacea is one of the main contraindications of microdermabrasion, because the exfoliation process worsens rosacea symptoms (redness, itchiness, flaking). Self microderma sets are not recommended either (even though they are milder).
A: Compared to other cosmetic procedures, cosmetic microderm abrasion 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: Microabrasions does not hurt. Some patients report a tingling sensation during the procedure and a mild sunburn-like feel after treatment, but there has been no evidence of pain involved in having microabrasions.
A: Compared to other non-surgical procedures, doctor-performed microdermabarasion is the cheapest skin rejuvenation procedure. For example, micro dermabration 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 microderm abrasion 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 microbrasion treatment cost around $1,600 per year.
A: Keratosis sufferers should not use microdermabrasia This procedures is somewhat invasive to the skin (any skin rejuvenation treatment is to some extent) and can worsen their condition. This applies to home microdermabrasion as well, despite its mild effect.
A: The Over The Counter microdermibration kits from Neutrogena works for some people and doesn't work for others. There are many satisfied consumers who say that Nuetrogena kit does make their face feel smother and look young. On the other hand, there are some unhappy people who say the kit is either too harsh, causing them skin irritation and breakouts, or not very effective in reducing superficial scars and fine wrinkles. The only way to find out if the kit is effective for you is to try to obtain a free sample and test the formula on your skin.
A: Over The Counter cosmetic microderm abrasion creams can be used on your body as long as it's especially formulated as a body microbrasion product. Using a face microderm abrasions product on your body will not have the desired results because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your body. Office microderm abrasion is suitable for use on the body except for the feet where the skin is too thin.
A: Regular cosmetic exfoliation are too harsh to be used on the face. Microdemabrasion products use aluminum oxide, sodium bicarbonate or pearl micro crystals to gently abrade the skin without causing irritations or scarring.
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