Microdermabrasion Costa Rica
Microdermabrasion can be defined
as the application of tiny rough grains that scrape away the
surface layer of the skin. All kinds of treatments and products
use this technique, including medical
treatments as well as creams and scrubs that you can use
at home. Generally, the technique is applied to the face,
nech, chest, arms and hands but it was also be used all over
A person's skin consists of two layers:
the epidermis and the dermis. The first of these is the layer
that is closest to the surface; it is composed of dead skin
cells lying on top of another layer of cells that are in the
process of ripening (the dermis). The stratum corneum is the
topmost layer of the skin which acts as a barrier for the
lower skin layers; i.e: the layer that makes contact with
the world around you. It keeps all the smaller particles from
When you apply lotions or creams
on your skin, this barrier takes in some of the moisture but
not all of it. This layer is where many minor skin imperfections
occur, for example, blemishes or wrinkle lines.
Microdermabrasion acts precisely
on this outer layer of the skin since it only targets the
epidermis. If the deeper layers of the skin were to be affected,
it would painful and harmful, risking the permanent embedding
of tiny grains into the deeper layers of your skin. The principal
of microdermabrasion is always the same; it doesn't matter
if it's done with a product at home or in a professional setting
with a specialized tool.
The principle is that if you remove
or break up the stratum corneum, the body interprets that
as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells
with new and healthy ones.
It also has beneficial effects. With
the stratum corneum gone, the skin's surface
is enhanced. The healing process brings with it newer skin
cells that look and feel smoother. Some of the skin's visible
imperfections, like sun damage, blemishes and fine
lines, are removed. Also, without the stratum corneum
acting as a barrier, medicinal creams and lotions are more
effective because more of their active ingredients and moisture
can find their way down to the lower layers of skin. As microdermabrasion
temporarily removes some moisture from the skin, it is always
followed by the application of moisturizing creams.
- It has no side effects.
- Provides the skin with an overall fresh, healthy-looking
- It is a nonsurgical procedure; a safe, effective "lunch
- It works on all skin colors and types.
- No anesthetic required.
- It is an ideal treatment for skin sensitive to chemical
- There is no downtime.
Versión Español: Microdermabrasión
Microdermabrasion is an ideal procedure
for people whose skin too sensitive
to use anti-acne
drugs. However, you must keep in mind that this procedure
is unsuited for patients who suffer from: active rosacea,
capillaries, vascular lesions, widespread
acne, herpetic lesions (herpes), warts, eczema, psoriasis,
diabetes mellitus, etc. Your Better Looks doctor will be able
to determine if this procedure is adequate for your case during
your initial consultation.
The dermatologist or specialist will
use a specialized tool for the procedure. The tool shoots
a stream of tiny crystals, like aluminum oxide, sodium chloride
or sodium bicarbonate and collects the leftover dead skin
cells and used crystals.
The tool is steadily moved over the
target area, applying even and steady
pressure to remove the stratum corneum without affecting the
lower skin layers.
A standard session usually consists of
one to threepasses with the tool. Usually, the patient is
then asked to apply specialized lotions and creams to the
affected area between sessions.
This re-hydrates the area
and promotes healthier new skin growth.
There is no real downtime and thus,
you may resume your normal activities
after a microdermabrasion treatment immediately. You will
need to apply moisturizer after the treatment as well as sunblock
to protect the skin from UV light. You may experience a mild
sunburnlike sensation for a few days but this will disappear
The procedure does not involve any
serious, known risks. Some patients
with very sensitive skin may experience some irritation. Microdermabrasion
can bruise or discolour the skin if done incorrectly. The
vacuum action tends to cause blemishes if the skin tension
is let up or uneven. The lip area is especially vulnerable
to bruising, and the eyelids should never be treated using
this technique. Treatment that is too deep or intense can
cause permanent discoloration to the skin.
The information above is an introductory
a microdermabrasion procedure. If you wish to have more information
or have any questions concerning this treatment, please feel
free to contact us directly.
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