Dermabrasion is a procedure in which the uppermost layers of skin are removed. Abrasive materials such as sandpaper may be used, or the abrasion may be achieved with lasers.
Dermabrasion is often used to remove wrinkles, acne and other scars and moles. For these reasons, this surgery is generally considered to be cosmetic, but the improved self-image and self-esteem that it may provide cannot be overlooked.
It is also used to remove tattoos. Depending on the location of the tattoos, this use of the procedure might not only help people feel better about themselves, it could improve their chances of getting employment.
Microdermabrasion is a dermabrasion technique that does not remove skin to same depth as conventional dermabrasion. Microdermabrasion can achieve almost the same result, with a much shorter recovery time. Traditional dermabrasion may take weeks or months to fully recover from. Recovery from microdermabrasion is usually measured in days.
Another distinction is that lasers are not used in microdermabrasion. This means that the procedure can be conducted in a clinic by a trained professional, or even at home.
Crystals and Other Particles Used in Microdermabrasion
The original abrasive medium used in microdermabrasion was aluminum oxide. Tiny crystals of this substance were used to remove the skin. This material had not been in use for long when studies came out linking aluminum with Alzheimer's disease. Although a link has not been proven, use of aluminum oxide fell out of favor. The search for other effective abrasive materials soon began.
Tiny rock particles, ground shells and crystals of various elements have been used for microdermabrasion. These products are all effective, but they have drawbacks. It is virtually impossible to use them without getting dust and particle in the eyes, mouth and nose. This is at a minimum uncomfortable and unpleasant, and many people fear that ingesting these particles may be a health hazard.
The concerns about the use of the various particles and crystals for microdermabrasion led to an improvement in the material used and the delivery method. In diamond microdermabrasion, tiny diamond chips on the tip of a wand provide the abrasive material. Because of this, the procedure is also known as diamond tip microdermabrasion. The wand can be applied close to the eyes and mouth with no danger of material being taken internally. The wand can be applied more accurately, resulting in a shorter session and a smaller area of abrasion.
Diamond Microdermabrasion Machines For Home Use
There are many machines for home application of microdermabrasion using diamond tips on the market today. They can be found at a wide range of price levels. This will often be due to one machine having more diamond tips of different sizes or having the ability to apply suction as the wand is being used. Another difference is whether they are intended for home or professional use. Those intended for home use tend to be smaller and much less feature-driven.
Home use machines may not have the ability to control the suction pressure or vary the tip speed or pressure. Many home use machines will be effective when used for simple procedures and minor skin imperfections. Although they will usually be cheaper than professional machines, home use machines may not deliver the same quality of treatment or last as long.
Professional Diamond Microdermabrasion Machines
Machines used by professionals for microdermabrasion are generally of higher quality workmanship and have more features that home machines. A professional machine will have capabilities such as the ability to vary the depth and pressure of the wand application. They will often offer more control over various functions such as the amount of suction.
They may have extra options like the ability to perform ultrasonic treatments. Ultrasonic treatment can rejuvenate the skin and produce an effect deeper in the skin. Another function that professional machines may have is the warm/cold hammer. This treatment is helps relieve eye strain, control headaches, and reduce the irritation that may be present after the microdermabrasion treatment.
Diamond tip microdermabrasion is a skin care procedure that is constantly growing in popularity. Wrinkles, lines and scars can be slowly and carefully removed with this technique. The procedure can be performed in a professional's office or even at home. Older, more aggressive dermabrasion procedures may take weeks or months to recover from. With diamond tip microdermabrasion a more youthful appearing face can be yours in just days.