Most people have heard that the surface of the skin, specifically the top layer of cells, becomes dull, old and dry as it is exposed to the environment and as a result of age and lifestyle choices. Exposure to the sun, wind or even the cold, all which are factors when living in Vancouver, can contribute to the dull look of the surface of the skin.
The process of microdermabrasion uses carefully designed tools to abrade or scrape the surface of the skin, removing the old, dull layer of skin cells. Remember, this is just a very thin layer of skin cells, and it is similar, although much more advanced and controlled, than using scrubbing face washes or other similar products.
The process of microdermabrasion is not just a single process; there are many different machines, systems, and options. Some of the systems today use a laser to remove the surface of the skin, which dramatically decreases the recovery time and the signs of redness and swelling that can result from traditional processes.
The results of the process, either through the surface abrading of the skin or through laser technology, can include a reduction in wrinkles and fine lines, the reduction of acne scars, shrinking of pores, minimizing the signs of age spots and sun damage, as well as enhancing a youthful appearance of the skin.
The traditional types of microdermabrasion are not right for all patients. At any Vancouver clinic, the doctor should evaluate the patient and medical history, particularly if this is the first session. This allows the doctor to match the skin care treatment with the specific goals of the patient as well as the condition of his or her skin.
Keep in mind, there are differences in the discomfort and the recovery time for different procedures. Discussing the options with the doctor is instrumental in choosing the right procedure that is customized to your needs.