What is Diamond Microdermabrasion?

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Diamond microdermabrasion is a method of skin exfoliation similar to peeling that uses a specially designed instrument to remove the outer dermal layer, most commonly on the face. It can help produce a more toned and youthful appearance, and may help counter the effects of aging, disease, or sun damage. The device projects very fine diamond particles onto the skin to clean the pores, loosening dead skin cells before suctioning them off, while massaging and stimulating the tissue beneath the skin to promote oxygenation and blood circulation. The process of diamond microdermabrasion is quick and generally painless, with low risks and associated side effects.

The procedure begins with a thorough cleansing of the affected area, which can include the face, hands, feet, back the neck, or chest. The exfoliation instrument applies the diamond particles gently and evenly to clean, loosen, and remove unwanted tissue and massage beneath the external dermal layer. The skin is then treated with a toner and lubricating cream to protect it during the recovery period.


Diamond microdermabrasion can benefit both men and women of all skin types in the treatment of fine lines or wrinkles caused by aging or sun damage, acne, skin discoloration, and enlarged or clogged pores. Women are advised to undergo the procedure after menstruation when their skin is less sensitive. It is not designed to treat warts, pronounced scars, Rosacea or herpes outbreaks, or birthmarks. It should not be used for the removal of tattoos, nor should it be combined with other skin rejuvenation procedures, such as chemical skin peels or laser resurfacing treatments.

A typical diamond microdermabrasion treatment lasts approximately 30 minutes. Patients are advised to limit their sun exposure following the treatment, but may return to normal activities immediately afterward. The treated area may feel tight and sensitive for a brief period after the procedure, but should return to normal after one or two days. Depending on the severity of the issue, multiple procedures may be required to achieve optimum results.

The procedure can be performed by dermatologists or estheticians, and can even be undertaken by patients themselves with the purchase of a diamond microdermabrasion kit. With any topical skin treatment, however, some risks of complications or injury can occur if the process is not conducted properly. Patients should discuss the potential risks of any skin procedure with their doctor before attempting to apply such a treatment themselves.

The effects of diamond microdermabrasion are not permanent. The outer dermal layer of human skin is constantly exposed to damaging elements, such as chemicals and the sun, as well as the natural aging process. In order to maintain its youthful, toned, and healthy appearance, the skin may require more frequent rejuvenation treatments as patients grow older.


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