Crystals Vs Non-Crystals

All Methods Remove Dead Cells

Different Microderm Techniques

There are multiple techniques, some machines use crystals while others don't.

There are a number of devices which can rightfully be classified as ‘microdermabrasion’. All usually remove the skin’s outermost layer, the layer of dead cells on the top of the skin called the ‘stratum corneum’. They may ‘sand down’ the skin by blasting it with silica or aluminum oxide particles, or ‘scrape’ off dead cells with abrasive paddles. They typically fall into two classes: Crystal Methods and Non-Crystal Methods.

Crystal Methods

‘Crystal Methods’ utilize aluminum oxide or other ‘particulate’ matter to effectively ‘blast’ off the dead cells of the face. These crystals, as well as the removed cells, are then vacuumed off by a suction device attached in the hand piece of the microdermabrator.

Non-Crystal Methods

Non-crystal methods, also called ‘non-particulate’ methods, will often utilize abrasive paddles or diamond coated paddles that superficially remove the dead cells. These are passed over the treatment areas, with the abrasive paddle removing the dead cells. Some physicians prefer this method as it does not introduce external matter onto the skin. There are also devices which fall into this category which use disposable paddles, for example the Vibraderm device, which utilizes disposable paddles.

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It is best to consult with an experienced physician when considering any facial skin procedures. They can advise you as to the various methods available today and work out a treatment regimen for your particular case.

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