All kinds of non-surgical cosmetic procedures are gaining popularity around the world with many focused on the growing population of baby boomers. Anything that can make you look younger or healthier is quite the rage, and countless boomers are searching for solutions to their aging.
Our faces are very likely to show our age, and many people want to fight the signs of aging as much as possible, and for as long as possible. While cosmetic surgeries, such as face lifts, eyelid tucks or other procedures may not be right for everyone, the more gentle treatment of dermabrasion may be the perfect non-surgical cosmetic procedure to help baby boomers hang on to their youthful looks longer.
Your skin is comprised of several layers, including the dermis and epidermis. The outermost layers of the skin are subjected to the most exposure—sun, wind, cold, environmental toxins or other problems such as smoking, and the damage that is sustained is what causes our wrinkles, fine lines and differences in pigmentation. This layer of skin shows the most fine lines and wrinkles, and also tends to have differences in pigmentation including brown spots that increase a persons signs of aging. While protecting the skin in advance is absolutely the best way to prevent many of the signs of aging, once they begin to appear there are still alternatives to help minimize their appearance.
What is Dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is one particular non-surgical cosmetic procedure that not only women, but men as well, are turning to for better skin texture. Dermabrasion is most commonly used on the face, but may also be used on the hands—another part of the body that often reveals our true age but is often over looked when we seek youthful appearances.
Dermabrasion involves the gentle exfoliation of the top layers of the skin, known as the stratum corneum. This is the layer that is exposed to the most damage and is most likely to appear wrinkled, discolored or aged. One technique is to begin using a buffer made of mineral crystals that spins at a high speed, this removes the outer layer of skin, leaving fresh, younger looking skin in its place. It also helps to stimulate regeneration of the skin and the new baby boomer skin appears younger and more radiant.
Dermabrasion can even help to lessen or minimize those small wrinkles and fine lines, and can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots commonly called brown spots or most superficial blemishes on the skin. By removing the top skin layers that have been damaged by sun exposure, aging or other problems, the skin is able to then begin to heal itself. Many baby boomers notice positive results after only one dermabrasion treatment, but, depending on the amount of damage to your skin, multiple treatments may be necessary before noticeable results are seen.
How Does Dermabrasion Work?
The gentle exfoliation that happens with dermabrasion helps to stimulate blood flow to that area of your skin as the dead surface cells are removed, which then also increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients that are delivered to those skin cells. This stimulation will help to improve the elasticity of the skin since a main cause of wrinkles is the decrease in elasticity due to age. Softer, clearer skin will be the end result.
Note that anytime dermabrasion treatments are used, the skin will be more sensitive for a period of time afterward. This means that you will want to use a liberal amount of a high SPF sunscreen along with a good moisturizer to ensure that the skin heals quickly and smoothly. Over scrubbing of your skin may lead to increased dryness or often irritation so be gentle.
Following a dermabrasion, your skin will be in far better condition so using your regular skin care products will get better results. After the stratum corneum is exfoliated from the surface of the skin, moisturizers and other products are more effective since they can get right to the healthy skin cells and they are more likely to be properly absorbed providing the necessary moisturizing nutrients directly to the new skin cells.
Is Dermabrasion Right For You, Baby Boomer?
While dermabrasion is considered to be a fairly gentle procedure and non-invasive, consulting with a dermatologist before considering having this treatment is always a good idea. Baby Boomers with chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, acne, rosacea, skin cancer, dermatitis, or significant scarring may not be good candidates for this type of procedure and their results might not be as stunning. There are, however, non-surgical treatments available for skin that is affected by those other conditions, check with your dermatologist to find out what the best treatment is for you and your unique skin conditions.
For a detailed article on dermabrasion please take a look at this website – Cleveland Clinic Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion.
Dermabrasion is just one of several ways to recapture that Fountain of Youth look that most Baby Boomers seek and could prove to be the only treatment you need to maintain a youthful look for many years to come.
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