Unless you are well familiar with the method of microdermabrasion, we suggest that you first read the article about it in the Antiaging Treatments section of this site.
Basically, microdermabrasion is a process of 'scraping' the skin using microcrystals, typically aluminum oxide. This treatment produces exfoliation sometimes sufficient to improve the appearance of fine lines and minor scars. The effectiveness of microdermabrasion as wrinkle treatment is rather limited and some people see no effect whatsoever. Nonetheless, microdermabrasion is often viewed as a worthwhile alternative to chemical peels. The problem is that it usually takes several microdermabrasion treatments too see any results, each costing from $150 to $300. It really adds up over time.
Now it is possible to perform microdermabrasion at home. We are aware of at least two commercial do-it-yourself microdermabrasion system, but more are likely to exist. One is Dermanew Microdermabrasion System (by Dean Rhoades Beauty Systems, http://www.dermanew.com/), which sells for under $150 and can be used for multiple treatments. Using this system allegedly "requires no special skills or training and is actually as easy as counting." It is unclear whether Dermanew system produces the same results as standard microdermabrasion tools used by dermatologists.
Another DIY device is Dermapower Microdermabrasion System (by Exalt, Inc, http://www.dermapower.com/), which sells for around $200. The manufacturer claims that Dermapower is "designed to emulate the exact treatment preformed in the offices of leading cosmetic surgeons around the world."
NOTE: SmartSkinCare.com is in no way associated with the manufactrers or distributors of these systems, nor do we specifically endorse them. If you decide to give either of them a try, please let us know about the results.
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