Microdermabrasion Equipment

Written by Sarah Provost
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Microdermabrasion equipment is a major investment, but one that can pay for itself very quickly. While price, of course, is a primary consideration, there are several other factors that should be taken into account. Online comparison shopping can help you distinguish between systems to make the best choice.

There are several factors to consider when purchasing microdermabrasion equipment . Controlling the depth of penetration is crucial, since a too-intense stroke will result in rawness and a stroke not intense enough will not have the desired results. The depth of penetration depends on three factors: the strength of the suction, the speed and quantity of crystal delivery, and the tautness of the skin.

Some microdermabrasion equipment allows you to regulate the strength of suction and the crystal flow separately. This makes it possible to make minute adjustments in response to the tautness of the skin, for the most even depth of treatment. Using lower levels of suction allows the practitioner to work on thinner, more delicate tissues, such as those nearest the eye.

Crystal Choice in Microdermabrasion Equipment

Microdermabrasion equipment typically uses one of two types of crystal: aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate. (There is one brand which offers "organic grains," but their website gave no information about what those grains might be.) Aluminum oxide has been the crystal of choice since the earliest machines, but baking soda crystals are fast gaining supporters.

There is also a crystal-free technique, which uses a wand with an abrasive tip, like a mini rotary sander. The tips come in several different grits for differing conditions and depth of treatment. Since it is very easy to over-abrade the skin with these and draw blood, they are not highly recommended. If you do choose to use crystal-free wands, they must be autoclaved before each use.

Factors to Consider When Purchasing Microdermabrasion Equipment

The physical size of the machine is one factor you need to decide. Do you want a countertop model, which is usually less expensive, or a cabinet type, with storage space in a self-contained unit? These usually have wheels, so they can be moved from one procedure room to another. If you are going to use the microdermabrasion equipment on larger areas, such as arms, legs or back, consider a model with a foot-pedal boost. Note that these are not recommended for use on the face, as it increases the suction too much.

Factors of cost and convenience of continuing operation should also be considered, not just the cost of the microdermabrasion equipment itself. What is the cost of the consumables, such as crystals, filters and replacement tips? Is training included in the purchase price? Does the company offer continuing technical support? Are upgrades available, or would you have to replace the whole system?

Your physical comfort is also a factor. Can the controls be adjusted at the handpiece, or will you need to be constantly turning around to adjust knobs on the cabinet? Is the handpiece light enough or well enough supported to make continued use comfortable for the operator? After taking all of these considerations into account, you can be assured that you are making the best choice of equipment for your practice.

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