Microdermabrasion is one of the most-common non-invasive skincare treatments that can be found in medspas, salons, and doctors’ offices. Microdermabrasion is often marketed as a non-surgical and safe way to treat acne scarring and other facial concerns. However, concerns have been raised about the possible dangers of traditional microdermabrasions.

The  treatment traditionally sucks exfoliated dead cells off the skin that have been blasted off using aluminum oxide crystals. Once praised as great option to obtaining glowing skin, the older methods are now being denounced by experts due to the negative effects of the aluminum oxide crystals.
Though there are many critics of traditional microdermabrasion, the real threat comes from the person performing the treatment, not the crystals. If not meticulously administered by an experienced technician, Aluminum oxide crystals in traditional microdermabrasion treatments can have post-treatment reactions that include intense redness, infections, streaking from pressure on the probe, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. In conjunction with these side effects, crystals can scatter into the hair, lashes and ears, which can lead to corneal scratches and abrasions.

Never fear, for there are alternative technologies available for microdermabrasion treatments. As with any cosmetic treatment, it is important to seek out a highly trained medical professional to perform your microdermabrasion. If you are still on edge about the possible side effects, there are safer microdermabrasion options available for New Jersey patients. DermaSweep offers the same benefits of conventional microdermabrasion without the use of crystals. DermaSweep integrates a variable level vacuum pump that gently lifts the skin surface as specially-designed treatment brushes “sweep away” dead skin cells.

Another option available at the Reflections Center is Sapphire Photo Abrasion. Sapphire abrasion is crystal free, suction free, non thermal technique that uses a sapphire hand piece that vibrates while it slowly passes across the skin’s surface to wear away the outer most layers of the skin. This process results in improved skin texture, tone and appearance. Sapphire abrasion makes the skin more receptive to the next stage of treatment which involves wet, vitamin infused gel exfoliation and hydration. Sapphire Abrasion and DermaSweep are also more beneficial for skin as they offer different additional infusions for a wide variety of skin types.

Even though microdermabrasion is classified as a non-surgical procedure, it is important to seek out a highly skilled medical professional to perform your treatment. Microdermabrasions in New Jersey can be performed by licensed aestheticians under the close supervision of a physician. More aggressive microdermabrasion procedures, however, should be performed by the physician themselves.

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Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.

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