Microdermabrasion for Acne Scars

You can consider many treatments for permanently getting rid of Acne Scars. One of the most common treatment approaches is Physical Resurfacing. In its earliest version, this treatment was referred to as Dermabrasion. Now, it has progressed into a more precise and effective form, called Microdermabrasion.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is also referred to as Mechanical Resurfacing of the skin. Resurfacing refers to a treatment approach focused on the exterior part of the skin. Microdermabrasion can be interpreted as a form of intensive exfoliation of skin. The thickened, outermost part of the skin’s outer layer is called the Stratum Corneum. This layer is marred to the maximum extent by acne scars. Mechanical Resurfacing is focused upon this, outermost layer of the skin. This helps to even the skin’s texture, helping the scar’s presence to be eradicated.



How Does Microdermabrasion Work?Microdermabrasion for Acne Scars

Microdermabrasion is conducted with a set of skin-scraping tools. This might sound a bit harsh but the entire process is painless and is conducted with extreme precision. The hardened scar tissue is gradually scraped-away. Once, the outer layer of scar tissue has been scraped-off, the underlying tissue, containing new skin cells, has a chance to grow. Soon, the new layer of skin replaces the acne scar. Within a few days, the new tissue attains the texture and pigment of the surrounding skin, removing signs of an acne scar.

What happens during Microdermabrasion?

The attending physician uses a handheld device for scraping-away the scar tissue. The treatment might include working upon a bit of skin around the scar site. This helps to neutralize pitting any pigmentation caused by acne scars. This ensures that when healing begins, the scar site is comprehensively camouflaged. The entire procedure takes about 20 to 40 minutes.

What kind of Equipment is used in Microdermabrasion?





Microdermabrasion is done with aluminum oxide crystals as the abrasive agent. These crystals are rubbed against the skin via a handheld device which combines a vacuuming unit to suck-away the skin debris. The handheld device or the wand offers different intensity levels.  Apart from aluminum oxide crystals, diamonds are also used as the abrasive agent.  Thus, two popular versions of Microdermabrasion have evolved, i.e. Diamond Microdermabrasion & Crystal Microdermabrasion. The manual form of Microdermabrasion uses sandpaper made of Silicone Carbide.

Why seek Diamond Microdermabrasion?

Diamond Microdermabrasion is sometimes referred to as Diamond-tipped Microdermabrasion. Diamond Microdermabrasion is regarded as a slightly superior form of Microdermabrasion. This is because diamonds have greater penetration than the crystals. This ensures deeper scrubbing action. It is recommended for people with aged acne scars or scarring with visible hyperpigmentation.

Types of Microdermabrasion Treatments:

1. Light & Deep Microdermabrasion

This differentiation is related to the degree of exfoliating intensity used during the procedure. The lighter version is recommended to people with recent or slight scarring or those with sensitive skin. The deep version is the usual, conventional type of Microdermabrasion.

2. Mechanized & Manual Microdermabrasion

Mechanized Microdermabrasion is also called Conventional Microdermabrasion. It is done with complex tools. It is concentrated upon the acne scars only. Manual Microdermabrasion is done with a special type of sandpaper to ensure that the individual has uniform skin texture. It is used on the remainder of the face, i.e. the non-acne region.

Major Benefits of Microdermabrasion

  • It has zero down-time—the treated individual doesn’t need to take bedrest or bandage the skin.
  • The non-invasive approach ensures that people don’t need to worry about serious side effects.
  • It is suited for nearly every type of skin.
  • Crystals used in Microdermabrasion are inert—this makes the treatment safe for people with allergic or sensitive skin.
  • Helps to render a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance to the facial skin.

Limitations of Microdermabrasion

Please note that Microdermabrasion doesn’t seek to cure or treat acne in any way. Its sole purpose is to physically eradicate the acne scars.



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