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Microdermabrasion: Should I Do It Myself?

by ELAN Nashville on May 15, 2014

Microdermabrasion – it’s the procedure that revitalizes dull skin, reduces large pores, erases fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, reduces mild pigment irregularities (hyperpigmentation), stretch marks and age spots.

It is equally effective to other skin treatments (on superficial imperfections) and, most importantly, it allows you to get back to your daily routine immediately after treatment.

This wonder treatment is performed by skincare professionals and, believe it or not, comes in a plethora of do-it-yourself versions. The procedure is minimally invasive and most online reviews for the at-home versions appear to be neutral to positive but the potential risks are many when dealing with the sensitive skin on the face and around the eyes. We believe professional route is the best path to great results when taking care of your body’s largest organ – your skin.

Elan offers a superior microdermabrasion with professional grade diamond tip system, which offers variable settings.

“This means we can customize a treatment for specific concerns and skin types,” our Experts say. “At home systems can be too abrasive causing over exfoliation, broken capillaries, and break outs due to bacterial spreading.”

A thorough understanding and mastery of the procedure leaves clients in safe, capable (perfectly manicured) hands when undergoing the microderm treatment at Elan Skin. But, we know that some of our more adventurous readers may be considering turning the gun on themselves. Be sure to consider the potential risks that our skincare experts are taking special precautions to prevent.

When the microdermabrasion machine is not properly handled or has not been properly sterilized, it can result in hyperpigmentation, skin injuries or infections (extremely rare, but possible), according to skinabrasion.net.

It’s also possible to inhale micro crystals from the microderm machines used during the procedure and for stray crystals to end up in the eye during treatment. These are all known-issues that our skincare experts are specially trained to avoid through the use of special equipment and proper handling, ensuring only the most pleasant results.

Increased sun sensitivity, flaking and redness after microdermabrasion are also possible and some people also see temporary discoloration in the skin. These are fairly common reactions but not if they persist, and can be lessened or avoided through special tips from our skincare experts.

But be not dismayed. When the procedure is done correctly:

  • It is the least invasive dermatological procedure (compared to dermabrasion and laser resurfacing).
  • It is more affordable than cosmetic surgery.
  • Microdermabrasion is painless.
  • It is available as home microdermabrasion systems and kits.
  • It has the fewest side effects and it is effective on all skin types and colors.
  • Microdermal abrasion does not need anesthetic if performed at a spa, beauty salon or physician’s office (unlike surgical skin resurfacing).
  • It helps your skin look younger, healthy, glowing and for some people, close to perfect.

Contact Elan Skin today to book a consultation and find out if now is the time for you to treat yourself to a microdermabrasion treatment.