microdermabrasion

noun
mi·cro·derm·abra·sion | \ˌmī-krō-dər-mə-ˈbrā-zhən \

Definition of microdermabrasion 

: a cosmetic procedure for the skin that involves the mechanical abrasion and removal of all or part of the stratum corneum (as by a high pressure spray of granular crystals) and is used to rejuvenate the skin and to treat skin blemishes or imperfections (such as scars or wrinkles)

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Following a quick cleanse and lymphatic drainage, Elena performs microdermabrasion, which involves the use of crystals to deeply exfoliate and brighten the face. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Why a Cryotherapy Facial Is the Best Way to Brighter, Tighter Skin," 30 June 2018 Chemical peels can be combined with other services such as dermaplaning and microdermabrasion. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The clinical advantage of chemical peels," 16 May 2018 Speaking of facials, clients can drop in for Colbert's famous Triad treatment, a favorite among his red carpet stars for its ability to pack microdermabrasion, laser toning, and a light chemical peel into one 45-minute transformative experience. Kate Branch, Vogue, "The Dermatologist Celebrities Have on Speed Dial Opens a Groundbreaking Wellness Space in New York," 25 Apr. 2018 While milia can develop spontaneously or as secondary events during healing from burns, lasers, and microdermabrasion, other factors, such as genetics and the use of heavy occlusive cosmetics, may also cause spots to pop up, says Zeichner. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Eyelid Bumps 101: How to Identify Styes, Milia, and Pimples," 2 Mar. 2018 For a mild yet effective treatment, Dr. Wechsler suggests exfoliating with a brown sugar scrub, microdermabrasion (a device that gently sands down and softens the skin), or urea gels. Talia Abbas, SELF, "I Have Keratosis Pilaris. These 8 Products Actually Smoothed My Skin.," 7 Apr. 2018 But according to the latest survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, microdermabrasion treatments are becoming less popular. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Why Microdermabrasion Treatments Are on the Decline, According to Dermatologists," 26 Mar. 2018 Other popular choices mentioned in the report: soft-tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "Americans opt for Botox, breast augmentation and other cosmetic procedures," 10 Mar. 2018 The top five minimally invasive procedures were Botox (up 2%), soft-tissue fillers (up 3%), chemical peel (up 1%), laser hair removal (down 2%), and microdermabrasion (down 4%). Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "These Are the Most Popular Plastic Surgeries in the U.S.," 2 Mar. 2018

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microdermabrasion

noun
mi·cro·derm·abra·sion | \ˌmī-krō-ˌdər-mə-ˈbrā-zhən \

Medical Definition of microdermabrasion 

: a cosmetic procedure for the skin that involves the mechanical abrasion and removal of all or part of the stratum corneum (as by a high pressure spray of granular crystals) and is used to rejuvenate the skin and to treat skin blemishes or imperfections (such as scars or wrinkles) During a professional microdermabrasion treatment, skin is blasted with jagged-edged crystals, usually aluminum oxides, that are applied with a wand, which also has a suction mechanism to pull away dead skin cells.— Jessica Ramakrishnan, The Chicago Tribune, 24 Jan. 2007

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