The skin is the largest organ of the body, and sometimes the condition of it can make you want to hide it from the world. There are more treatments, creams, lotions, and procedures available to correct skin imperfections. People often go to great lengths for beautiful skin, sometimes even when it the risks are great. When you are considering how you want to treat your skin, there are four important factors you should keep in mind: (1) Safety, (2) Effectiveness, and (3) Cost. Microdermabrasion is one very popular form of treatment for a variety of skin conditions including wrinkles, age spots, acne, dull skin, sun damage, and large pores. What this treatment does in essence is slough off dead skin so that only clean and healthy skin shows. Many of the items available make claims. Lets examine how microdermabrasion stacks up against this criteria.
Many people take unnecessary risks when it comes to improving the condition of their skin. Safety should be the most important consideration when you have to choose between products to use for your skin. When there are significant risks associated with a skin treatment, there is the potential for your skin to end up worse than when you started the treatment. One of the most important benefits of microdermabrasion is that it is very safe and virtually free of side effects. The side effects that you may experience (redness or swelling) are temporary and minor. You can easily minimize these effects by applying a moisturizer immediately following the treatment.
What is important to most people when considering a skin treatment is how much improvement they will experience. This is an important factor. But how can you determine the effectiveness of a skin treatment? If you have access to a computer with Internet access, all you need are a few minutes to research using a search engine. Forums are a hotspot for people to rant and rave about personal experiences they have with consumer products. It is also a good idea to ask a medical professional about the benefits of microdermabrasion. According to an article that appears in the March-April 2004 issue of FDA Consumer magazine (one of the responsibilities of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA is to evaluate claims made by makers of cosmetics), more than one million people opted to use microdermabrasion. This figure actually says a lot about the effectiveness of the product. Advertisements will tempt many people to try a product or treatment, but it is word of mouth that actually accounts for high usage numbers. When one person has a good experience they tend to pass the information on to family and friends.
Cost is another important criterion when deciding if microdermabrasion is something you should try. Cosmetic treatments are known for being very expensive. The average cost of microdermabrasion is $200. Most people will require 4-5 treatments to obtain optimal results. This raises the cost of the procedure to about $1000. Home microdermabrasions are gaining more popularity and reduce the cost significantly. A home system can cost as little as $30 and you only need to purchase a few items for subsequent sessions.
So we see that there are many benefits of microdermabrasion. Nevertheless, you should take time to perform your own research and to make sure that the treatment will benefit your condition. It is a good idea to discuss this information with a medical professional such as a dermatologist who can evaluate your skin and provide unbiased recommendations.