Microdermabrasion – the word itself is a mouthful. While many will look at the word and think its a foreign object or unspoken language, the word is actually part of a very popular treatment. Microdermabrasion is a relative new procedure that combats skin damage from a range of things like age, acne, and direct sunlight. In short, the treatment uses small rough grains to smooth out skin surfaces across the body using minor treatments like lotion, to major treatments like surgery. With the advancements in technology and medicine, skin treatment has expanded to many different procedures and surgeries that can restore skin to what it was decades earlier. Microdermabrasion has grown since its earlier days in the beginning of the 1900s and now provides more treatment options for restoring skin damage.

History of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion has been around for centuries, however the official treatments began in the early 1900s. Germany used the method during this time, however it was executed through a hand powered machine that stripped the upper layer of skin (the epidermis) that is full of dead skin cells that can be removed. Since it was hand powered and relatively new, the method was rarely used. Following Germany’s trials, the 1950s saw several experiments focusing on Microdermabrasion, the trials having little success in improving on the German ideas. It wasn’t until 1985 that the method was perfected and the risks like burning and permanent skin scarring were eliminated. The improvement was performed in Italy by two doctors that, in addition to improving the method, created the first automatic machine to perform it. After a test run of 20 years, the product was released to American markets that later exploded to the public. Currently, the medical market is filled with hundreds of these machines, now able to be operated without a medical supervision required. This reason is one of the main causes for the microdermabrasion to grow in popularity since 1985.

Present Day Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion has gotten very popular in the last decade, with 2005 ranking it one of the top five treatment methods. The method is very popular around Florida, the city of Stuart being a popular hotspot for the treatment. The treatment is often offered in skin care clinics and spas, in a variety of ways differing in time lengths. The treatment, since it damages the skin in an effort to let new skin grow and heal, has many potential benefits to those wanting a repaired skin that removes damage caused by the mentioned factors.