If the term “microdermabrasion” sounds a little bit painful to you, the chances are that you will not be a big fan of the sister term “aggressive microdermabrasion”. After all, if the first sounds like something that is going to hurt or irritate your skin, what is it going to feel like when there is a touch of aggression in it? Surely that is going to be closer to torture than to any form of beauty treatment? And yet, it is an increasingly popular treatment.
The reasons for this are clearer than one might immediately assume. After all, it may be a slightly threatening way of describing the treatment, but given that in many cases it is necessary to break something down before you can improve it, speeding up the breakdown process will also accelerate the healing. Additionally, although the term itself sounds unpleasant, all that we are really talking about is a treatment that feels broadly similar to being licked by a cat. While that may not sound overly pleasant, it certainly isn’t anywhere near as painful as many other treatments.
Aggressive microdermabrasion is performed with a coarse grit diamond-studded wand that is rubbed on the skin in the area to be treated. Considering that diamond is the hardest substance known to man, this may sound like something that will hurt quite a bit. In actuality, it is at most a little bit of an irritation. Importantly, it stimulates the production of peptides and other compounds which help the body generate collagen – that magical substance that allows our lips to look plumper and our skin to look healthier and more attractive.
If you are still put off by the name then it may be that microdermabrasion and its more aggressive cousin are not for you. However, if you have considered microdermabrasion before but consider that the treatment takes too long, then the more high-intensity version has very clear advantages. You may spend more in one go than you would on basic microdermabrasion, but the results will be more beneficial as a consequence. Ask at your local spa to see if they offer the more aggressive form.