The state of your skin can have a huge impact on your life. There are people who end up suffering from depression and lack of self-esteem because of bad skin, such as acne.
While there are over-the-counter products to treat acne, acne scars are a completely different ball game. Acne scars can often be permanent and hard to eliminate.
Thankfully, today medical science has advanced quite a bit to help people with acne scars. One method that appears to work quite well is microdermabrasion for acne scars.
WHAT IS MICRODERMABRASION?
A special device is used to spray fine crystals on the epidermal layer of the skin. The crystals are sprayed at high velocity and the moment they come in contact with the skin, the crystals are vacuumed. The speed at which the crystals touch the skin causes the upper layer of the skin to erode and thereby facilitating acne scar removal. The procedure also stimulates production of collagen, which helps to reduce premature aging of the skin.
IS MICRODERMABRASION FOR ACNE SCARS EFFECTIVE?
Microdermabrasion is effective as long as the acne scars are mild. The method can get rid of superficial scars, raised scars, discoloration of skin and pick marks. Even active acne can be reduced, as the method helps to unclog the pores and facilitate clearing of acne. Usually, microdermabrasion is used in conjunction with mild glycolic peels and medical extraction of acne to help hasten clearing of acne.
People with severe scarring will need several treatments or they may require laser resurfacing for effective scar removal.
BENEFITS OF MICRODERMABRASION
Besides fading acne scars, microdermabrasion also has many other benefits for the skin. Some of these benefits are as follows:
- Reduction in pore size
- Easy and fast removal of dead skin cells
- Reduction in hyperpigmentation
- Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
- Smoothing of the skin surface to give a better skin tone
- Stimulating the skin and thereby helping it to appear healthier
SIDE EFFECTS OF MICRODERMABRASION
Microdermabrasion for acne scars has minimal side effects and is considered an extremely safe procedure. Most of the side effects are temporary and include redness of the skin, bruising, slight tightening of the skin and sensitivity.
People, who are prone to cold sores, may notice an outbreak of sores after the procedure. They can avoid reactivation of cold sores by taking an anti-viral medication before the procedure after consulting the doctor.
COST OF MICRODERMABRASION
The average cost for microdermabrasion for acne scars can be anywhere from $100 to $250 per treatment session. This makes the procedure extremely affordable when compared to other resurfacing methods, like laser peels and dermabrasion. You can easily get the procedure done in a dermatologist’s office, esthetic spa, facial clinic or at times in a plastic surgeon’s office.