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No. It might help for extremely shallow scars and red marks a little if you do it a lot though.

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Save your money. I've had 6 sessions of micro-dermabrasion and noticed no improvement in my scars whatsoever (in fact a few new scars have come up since using it). It does make your skin a bit softer and smoother though...

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No idea, but if it worked I would just buy my own machine and do it myself. Probably save a fortune. bb_eusa_think.gif

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It can help. It depends on what your expectations are. If you are starting with deep depressions and are expecting perfectly smooth skin, you will be disappointed, even after multiple treatments.

If you are looking for smoothing of milder depressions, and softening of some of the deeper ones, it can definitely help, because I've seen my boyfriend's skin improve considerably.

His skin isn't perfect compared to the Hollywood ideal, but compared to the everyday, average person, it's pretty close, in my opinion.

I think it's a relatively safe procedure, if your skin can take being roughed up a bit. You have to be careful going around broken blood vessels though. It'll make them worse.

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Do you know how much $$$ your BF pays? I'm thinking of having it done and want to be sure I don't get ripped off.

I am not expecting major changes. I have really shallow scars(for the most part) and I want to make them look better until I get something more invasive done.

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i've seen some pretty impressive before and after microdermabrasion pics but i wonder how one defines a scar as very shallow. etc...one person may say shallow hile another thinks it's deeper...I guess we know severe when we see it...it seems microdermabrasion would be better for acne scars than even peels, i mean your kind of roughing up the skin more and going against irregular contours

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bb_doubt.gif Well, I think mine are pretty shallow because no matter how hard I try I can't get them to show up in pics mad.gif You should see all the ways I've tried to get them to show up. I even tried using a flashlight. Funny, I can see them in my mirror just fine! bb_eusa_think.gif

I don't like the idea of roughing up my skin continuously,Chloe, but I had a series done before and I think it may have helped my skin a bit. Of course it isn't permanent, but temporary swelling greatly improves a scar's appearance.

I really would like to know how much it runs now. I would think it should've gone down in price since three-four years ago. Honestly, it should be $50, but I'm sure it is more.

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Emmanuel try taking a picture of the mirror then, instead of your face directly. May work....

Is a microdermabrasion a derm performs the same as those home kits you buy or is that something else? I recall seeing an advertisment for a kit, probably was $20-40 that included some sort of machine and a bottle of something (I assume some sort of fine beads?)

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I tried the mirror thing, lol.

I think it is better at the derm's office, but I don't know for sure because I have never used the home version. I just can't see it being the same though.

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I'm getting microdermabrasion done in September with Julie at Bio2 clinic (Formerly of 'Maya's skin specialist' fame!) She seems to think it will help with active acne and redness rather than with actual scarring. I am currently most concerned with fading the redness on my scars so I'm hoping it will work out pretty well.

She hasn't given me a quote yet but I am anticipating aroud £50 per session. Anything more and I won't bother. (I've really seen Julie for needling so microdermabrasion is an extra! wink.gif )

By the way, in my consultation, Julie mentioned some research that is being carried out on a new form of 'peptides' which are MUCH more powerful than standard copper peptides. Apparently, they follow on from research showing that different molecules respond to different trace minerals, of which copper is only one. These new peptides have over 30 different minerals rather than merely copper so are much more effective.

I've asked her to provide some information and links and will get back to you all when she gets in touch with me. But this sounds very interesting! bb_eusa_pray.gifbb_eusa_dance.gif

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I had microdermabrasion done is Aus for $100 in conjunction with a glycolic peel. However it really dried my skin. In Canada they are about $125-$150. It works well if you want to improve shallow scars. It helped me a huge amount. I was extremely impressed, but everyone is different. It can definitely work well, but as I said each individual heals differently and the depth of your scars must also be taken into consideration. bb_icon_rolleyes.gif

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It costs my boyfriend 150 bucks Canadian. That's about what, 100-110 bucks American?

Please be careful if you have redness. I would be quite concerned that it would make the red worse, especially if the red is related to blood vessels. I would consider something else for redness like intense pulsed light, or time, or both.

It will definitely help shallow scars.

The only negative I saw on my b/f was right after the first treatment his roundish pock mark type scars had shrunk but they formed a pattern that almost looked like scratches running down his right cheek. But, even these looked softer over all. And they went away.

It helped the little fine lines he had around his eyes from too much sun too.

But, do you know what I think the key is? You have to have the right skin type. If you have sensitive or delicate skin, I wouldn't do it.

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I think you can tell her just to avoid any visible blood vessels. The apparatus thingy they use looks like a little hose or a hollow pen, so it's not like it's so big that she can't avoid specific spots.

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emmanuel, I just read a study earlier today that happened to compare microdermabrasion with 20% glycolic peel, and the glycolic won out. Just adding some food for thought to the mix.

btw the title was:

Glycolic Acid Peels Compared to Microdermabrasion: A Right-Left Controlled Trial of Efficacy and Patient Satisfaction.

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I got a set of 6 done in 2002 and I paid $600 for them.. I think it's more if you buy them separately though..

emmanuel, I just read a study earlier today that happened to compare microdermabrasion with 20% glycolic peel, and the glycolic won out. Just adding some food for thought to the mix.

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emmanuel, I just read a study earlier today that happened to compare microdermabrasion with 20% glycolic peel, and the glycolic won out. Just adding some food for thought to the mix.

btw the title was:

Glycolic Acid Peels Compared to Microdermabrasion: A Right-Left Controlled Trial of Efficacy and Patient Satisfaction.

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