By Gary Goldfaden MD – Dermatologist
Cosmetic dermatology is one of the most profitable areas of medical practice today. Americans pay top dollar for facial treatments that partially reverse the outward signs of skin aging. One reason people keep going back to dermatologists is that these topical anti-aging treatments provide an immediate (albeit temporary) improvement in skin appearance.
While most people associate cosmetic dermatology with surgical face-lifts, the three most popular procedures performed today are Botox® injections, collagen injections, and MicroDermAbrasion.
MicroDermAbrasion is a type of skin exfoliation that removes cells at the skin’s surface. MicroDermAbrasion is a peeling technique accomplished by a machine that power-sprays fine crystal granules onto the skin. These crystals lightly exfoliate the skin’s upper layers, resulting in smoother, younger-appearing skin.
MicroDermAbrasion was developed in the mid-1990s as an alternative to risky, inconsistent forms of skin peeling. The cost of each treatment ranges from approximately $150 to $500, and can involve a lot of time spent in a doctor’s office.
No matter how hard we try not to age, the clock is always ticking. Although we cannot yet stop our bodies from aging, we can take steps to slow down and even reverse some of the unsightly signs of aging that materialize on the surface of our skin.
Our skin’s appearance is the most visible sign of the aging process. Fortunately, topically applied agents have been shown to repair and rejuvenate aged skin. Some are available over the counter, while others require a prescription.
The process of exfoliation—removing old cells at the surface of skin to allow younger and smoother-looking skin cells to appear—long ago was shown to help reverse the signs of aging. Back in the 1980s, alpha-hydroxyl fruit acids became popular because of their ability to help “unglue” dead cells that cling to the skin’s surface. These dead or damaged cells create some of the unsightly signs of aging.
While the alpha-hydroxyl fruit acids help, old and damaged cells require mechanical exfoliation to be removed. This is where MicroDermAbrasion comes in. It mechanically removes (exfoliates) older cells at the skin’s surface to allow healthier cells to show through.
Exfoliation Improves Skin Appearance
Once the dead and damaged skin cells are removed, the outer layer of new skin becomes visible. This new skin feels softer, smoother, and reflects light easier, making fine lines harder to see. Age spots and unwanted pigment are also less noticeable because the dead skin cells containing the pigment have been removed. Exfoliation removes plugged pores, prevents the pores from re-plugging, and allows for the release of natural oils. In addition, regular exfoliation decreases pore size and minimizes many types of superficial scars. All of this contributes to making the skin look tighter, healthier, and more youthful.
Exfoliation Complements Other Skin Products
After removing the dead and damaged cells through exfoliation of the skin, other anti-aging agents such retinoic acid, moisturizers, antioxidants, and collagen-boosting nutrients are better able to penetrate the skin and work more effectively. This also holds true for acne medications and other types of skin treatments where penetration is important. This is an additional reason why regular exfoliation should be part of a basic skin care regimen.
Areas that Benefit from Frequent Exfoliation
While all areas of the aging body contain unsightly cells that will benefit from regular exfoliation of the skin, the most obvious target locations are the face, the chest, the “v” of the neck (or decollete area), the exposed scalp area, and the top of the hands. These areas show the most immediate beneficial effects of frequent exfoliation.
Today, MicroDermAbrasion is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic skin procedures in the US, and until recently was available only through the use of in-office machines. The creation of at home self-microdermabrasion products offer the same, if not superior, results as those of in-office MicroDermAbrasion treatments. These products are available for people to maintain fresh, youthful looking skin, free from some of the unsightly ravages of environmental toxins and normal aging.
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