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When To Try Microdermabrasion Acne Scar Treatment

| Articles | March 12, 2014

Microdermabrasion acne scar treatment encompasses a whole class of devices which remove the most superficial portion of the skin. Some microdermabrasion instruments use abrasive paddles or crystals that are rubbed along the surface of the skin together with a suction device that removes the dead skin layer. Other processes use creams with abrasive particles that are rubbed onto the skin. Because microdermabrasion stimulates the creation of collagen and cell turnover, your skin will feel smoother and softer and look better immediately after just one treatment.

Microdermabrasion is generally effective when it comes to improving and reducing fine lines, age spots or brown spots. It can be helpful with oily and enlarged pores, blackheads, and the milder forms of acne scarring. By basically ‘sanding down’ the skin’s dead cells and increasing cell turnover, microdermabrasion improves skin smoothness and texture, but will not completely remove acne scars. If you have particularly deep acne scars (such as ice pick scars), this is not the right treatment for you.

The reason that this type of treatment doesn’t work as effectively on acne scars is because these types of scars typically sit in deeper in the skin. This renders all topical techniques like microdermabrasion less successful. Other treatments for deeper scars include dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, punch grafting, and subcision.

However, if you do have very shallow acne scars, microdermabrasion acne scar treatment may give you the results you are looking for.

Microdermabrasion often takes between 15 and 30 minutes. Afterwards, your skin will be somewhat red for up to 24 hours. Side effects are temporary for the most part and may include swelling, in addition to the redness mentioned previously. If a suction device is used, you may be slightly bruised from the actual suction. This only lasts a couple of days at the longest. It’s important to keep in mind that the skin will become more sensitive to sun exposure after microdermabrasionsion so you’ll want to use an effective sunscreen.

You may be wondering how much it would cost for this type of procedure. The cost of microdermabrasion varies greatly depending on the type of instruments that are used, your skin, your scars, where the treatment is being performed and who is performing it. It has been reported that the average cost ranges from $75 to $350 per session. However, this is only an estimation.

Microdermabrasion is popular because it is safe, common, and non-surgical. However, you should not partake in this treatment if you have active herpes lesions, active acne or rosacea, open sores or lesions, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, and lupus, or if you’ve used Accutane within the last 6 months,

Your physician will decide how aggressive your microdermabrasion treatment should be. And it may combined with other techniques to reach optimal results.

The above information about the microdermabrasion acne scar treatment does not substitute medical advice given by a health professional.

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