Are you bothered by blemishes on your skin? Whether wrinkles are making you look older than you want or you have acne scars from your youth, microdermabrasion may be able to help you as it has helped so many others. There are many microdermabrasion benefits, and the folks at Garza Plastic Surgery in Nashville are ready to answer all your questions about microdermabrasion.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a treatment that can rejuvenate your skin. The world takes a toll on our skin, from sun damage to age spots to fine lines and wrinkles. But our safe, non-invasive microdermabrasion treatments can restore your skin’s appearance and improve many of your skin conditions.
The treatment removes cells from the top layer of skin to increase the speed of the body’s cellular turnover. New, healthier cells replace the old cells for firmer, younger-looking skin.
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
During a microdermabrasion treatment, a professional uses an applicator that is abrasive enough to remove cells and exfoliate the skin but gentle enough that it does not do any further damage to your skin.
Another microdermabrasion technique uses a sprayer to apply a solution onto the skin and a vacuum to suction the cells from your skin’s surface. In either scenario, microdermabrasion is a safe treatment that requires no anesthesia.
Microdermabrasion vs Exfoliation
Can you just exfoliate in the shower and accomplish the same microdermabrasion benefits? No, certainly not to the degree you can achieve through microdermabrasion treatments.
When some people hear about microdermabrasion treatments, they assume they accomplish the same thing by exfoliating. Some people use exfoliating gloves in the shower and others use exfoliating creams. By removing dead skin, exfoliating helps remove the oil, dirt, sweat and other debris that accumulates on your skin over the course of a day.
While microdermabrasion offers the same benefits as exfoliation, it goes farther by stimulating the growth of new skin cells. Your skin can be renewed at deeper layers than with simple exfoliation.
Conditions such as uneven pigmentation can be addressed through microdermabrasion’s ability to stimulate cell turnover. Cell turnover is our body’s ability to produce new skin cells as old cells die. The new cells travel from lower layers of skin to the outer layer before dying and shedding. This process is measured as our Cell Renewal Factor (CRF).
As we age, our CRF slows down, and old, dead cells outnumber new cells taking their place. Dead cells can fail to shed from our skin and build up over time. This causes our skin to lose its young appearance, because it is covered in dead cells. Exfoliating can remove cells, but microdermabrasion can actively promote regeneration of new cells.
4 Microdermabrasion Benefits
Microdermabrasion benefits include general exfoliation of the skin alongside an increased CRF. But there are more benefits that target specific skin issues.
1. Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles
For some, nothing can be more frustrating than lines and wrinkles that show our age. Other times, unwanted wrinkles can make us look even older than we are.
There are various causes of wrinkles, but a common cause is our bodies’ inability to make enough collagen as we age. Collagen is an abundant protein found in the human body that works in our bodies’ bones, muscles, tendons, and other areas including our skin. Collagen gives our skin strength and elasticity.
The word collagen actually means “glue producing”. Through a network of fibers, collagen works as an adhesive to hold our body tissues tightly together. When there is not enough adhesive, our skin can sag and wrinkle. For this reason, one of the important microdermabrasion benefits is the ability to stimulate collagen production as a combatant against lines and wrinkles.
2. Treat Blemishes and Discoloration
Whether you are bothered by age spots or uneven pigmentation, microdermabrasion can bring newer, more vibrant skin cells to the surface of your skin. As your cellular renewal factor increases, patients may see a steady decrease in blemishes and discoloration.
3. Shrink Large Pores
As a typical rule, pores do not get larger or smaller. However, the condition of our skin can make them appear larger. Some pores appear large because they are clogged. The exfoliating component of microdermabrasion can sweep away the oil and debris that clog pores to restore their smaller appearance.
Other times, pores appear large because the collagen around the pores is damaged or lacking. The benefits of increased collagen production can restore the skin’s strength around the pores and improve their appearance.
4. Minimize Pimples and Acne
A common cause of pimples is the clogging of pores. Our sebaceous glands produce sebum oil in the pores of our skin. When pores are clogged, the oil cannot escape, and it builds up under our skin. The combination of exfoliated skin and healthier pores combine to minimize acne issues.
Are You Ready to Learn More?
There is so much more to talk about concerning microdermabrasion benefits, including its potential for helping with stretch marks, melasma, hyperpigmentation, scarring, and more. Are you ready to learn what microdermabrasion can do for you? It all starts by reaching out.
Our professionals at Garza Plastic Surgery on Harding Pike in Nashville are ready to answer all of your questions and help determine if you are a good candidate for microdermabrasion treatments. Give us a call today!