How Standard Microdermabrasion Differs From IPL Treatments

What’s the dif­fer­ence between stan­dard micro­der­mabra­sion and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treat­ments? Quite a lot, actu­ally. Before you spend even one dol­lar on either skin treat­ment, you need to be well-armed with the basic facts about each type of ther­apy. Stan­dard micro­der­mabra­sion is prob­a­bly more pop­u­lar than IPL, but IPL is quickly mak­ing more and more inroads with peo­ple who are begin­ning to see its ben­e­fits and convenience.

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The Tech­no­log­i­cal Dif­fer­ences Are Significant

The tech­nol­ogy behind stan­dard micro­der­mabra­sion is a lot sim­pler than IPL. Micro­der­mabra­sion uti­lizes small crys­tals and suc­tion power to begin to peel your skin off, while IPL relies on a far more sophis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy. IPL uses some­thing called opti­cal prisms and a xenon flash lamp to effi­ciently vapor­ize dam­aged cells deep within your skin with­out hurt­ing any sur­round­ing tis­sue or your skin’s top layer. Micro­der­mabra­sion just works on the skin’s sur­face, but IPL is capa­ble of pen­e­trat­ing your skin at dif­fer­ent levels.

Both Have Vastly Dif­fer­ent Price Points

If you are on a bud­get, then micro­der­mabra­sion is for you. A full sched­ule of micro­der­mabra­sion, which can include as many as 9 abra­sions and then 4 main­te­nance follow-ups, can cost you approx­i­mately $1600. IPL is the pricier option because just one IPL ses­sion can cost you between $300 and $500 in total. Over­all, you’ll require prob­a­bly between 3 and 5 ses­sions, which can eas­ily ele­vate the cost to more than $2000 by the end of your procedure.

How Long Does It Take for Each to Work?

Micro­der­mabra­sion takes longer to work, (that is, so that you see vis­i­ble results on your skin), than IPL treat­ments. Typ­i­cally, it can take as many as 12 micro­der­mabra­sion ses­sions before you see improve­ments with regard to things like age spots, lines, acne scars, black­heads and blotchy skin. By con­trast, IPL works much quicker and more dra­mat­i­cally. Just one IPL ses­sion is nor­mally suf­fi­cient to pro­duce marked improve­ments with things like vari­cose veins, bro­ken cap­il­lar­ies, birth­marks, freck­les and stretch marks. It can even remove tattoos!

How Does Each One Work Specifically?

Micro­der­mabra­sion keeps things sim­ple: it involves a hand­held device that shoots small crys­tals onto your skin’s sur­face to take away the top 5 to 10 microns of skin cells while stim­u­lat­ing the pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen. On the other hand, IPL ther­apy is more com­plex. It uses a computer-guided lamp that shoots light pulses in vary­ing degrees. They pen­e­trate your skin at spe­cific depths and for cer­tain peri­ods of time. When this light comes into con­tact with the cells you want gone, it becomes heat energy that’s pow­er­ful enough to dam­age or com­pletely kill these unwanted skin cells.

Now that you know a lot more about micro­der­mabra­sion and IPL, you can make an edu­cated choice with regard to your skin. Micro­der­mabra­sion is def­i­nitely the treat­ment that’s been around longer, but it’s less effec­tive and slower in get­ting desired results than IPL. IPL, on the other hand, is newer and more effi­cient in work­ing on your skin, but it comes with a higher price tag.

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