When you are searching for a microdermabrasion treatment for your skin, you’ll quickly discover that there are several alternatives to choose among. For example, a leading controversy in skin care treatment which is currently erupting on the modern international market place is the competition between crystal and diamond microdermabrasion treatments.
This is no idle controversy, and the choice you make could greatly affect the course of skin care treatment that you receive for the rest of your life. So, before you embark on a course of treatment, it is vitally important for you to know the precise differences between the two modern alternatives for skin care: crystal and diamond microdermabrasion systems.
The crystal system has long been a mainstay of traditional skin care treatments, but has recently been joined by a new and competing system: the diamond system. Companies that compete for a dominant market share in the industry are constantly trumpeting up the advantages and disadvantages of both systems. So which side has the treatment which is most beneficial for you? Is one really superior to the other? Read on to discover some facts which may help you to form a reasoned decision.
How The Crystal Microdermabrasion Treatment Works
Let’s begin by noting how the traditional Crystal Microdermabrasion system works. The crystal method is an ablative procedure. That is to say, the crystal treatment works by ablation. This term “ablation” can be simply understood as a process which removes the outer surface of an object (in this case, dead skin cells) by making a forceful use of heat and friction.
The crystal treatment works by utilizing a special, hand held, device which causes a high speed flow of aluminum oxide crystals to be released upon your skin at a very high temperature and rate. As dead skin cells and dirt are “blasted” off of your face, the system uses a vacuum effect to suck up and store this unwanted dross. In short, the crystal microdermabrasion treatment can best be understood as a form of “sand blasting” dead skin cells and dirt off your face.
How The Diamond Microdermabrasion System Works
The process of Diamond Microdermabrasion is a slightly different one, which consequently produces somewhat different results. The Diamond procedure is best defined as working by means of a process of abrasion. Think of abrasion as a process of scratching or grating against the surface (a bit like how a cheese grater works), and essentially “sanding” away debris from the surface of your skin. A standard course of Diamond Microdermabrasion treatment will end with the use of a special, diamond tipped, “wand” device, which will be used to “sand” away dead skin cells and dirt from the surface of your face.
Meanwhile, much like the method used in the Crystal Microdermabrasion process, a special vaccuum device will complete the process by sucking away all of the dirt and dead skin cells that are brought to the surface during the Diamond treatment. In short, while the Crystal process works by “sand blasting” dirt and dead skin cells off the surface of your skin, the Diamond process achieves the same effect by a process of “sand papering”.
A Question Of Man Vs. Machine?
While it is certainly true that both the Crystal and Diamond Microdermabrasion treatments have the same basic goal in mind, it is also true that there are significant differences in the methods they employ. For example, the crystal treatment tends to be much more dependent on the technology (i.e., the state and efficiency of the machine itself) which is being employed during the course of the treatment. The state of the machine itself which is being utilized by the operator will control the force of the flow of the crystals themselves. This, in turn, will affect the strength of the machine’s ability to suction off the dead skin cells.
Conversely, the efficiency of the diamond treatment that you receive will be determined far more by the person who is operating the actual machine, and thus guiding you through the process itself. This is because, during the course of the diamond microdermabrasion treatment, the operator of the diamond machine employs a manual pressure technique to achieve the suctioning off of dead skin cells and other debris. This use of manual pressure thus tends to leave the technician using the diamond technique in much more direct control of the entire process.
Your choice of whether to employ the traditional crystal method or opt instead for the more modern diamond process may depend on whether you prefer to place your trust in the machine being employed, or to place greater faith in the ability of your attending technician to control the entire process manually. This is not a choice to be taken lightly, as it may well affect the entire outcome of the process you undergo, as well as your eventual satisfaction or discontent with the results achieved.
Issues Of Safety And Cost Efficiency
The alert reader will note that, when choosing between the traditional crystal and modern diamond microdermabrasion treatments, there are also issues of personal safety and cost efficiency to consider. Considering first the issue of personal safety, it may well be wise for the reader to note that the diamond microdermabrasion has recently made several important strides forward in this area.
The modern diamond system has managed to entirely replace the traditional micro-crystal flow of the old crystal method with a completely new system which uses the diamond tipped wand, which was described above. This means that vital and vulnerable areas near to the patient’s eyes and mouth are able to be abraded and suctioned off much more accurately using the diamond treatment. Making use of the modern “wand” enables your practitioner to entirely avoid the risk posed by stray crystals causing damage to sensitive areas of your skin.
Another issue which you may wish to consider when making up your mind as to which treatment you employ is cost efficiency. The crystal method simply costs more, because it depends on the use of crystals which are constantly used up and thus need to be replaced. Using this treatment over the long term will thus become rather costly. Conversely, the diamond treatment makes no use of these crystals, and thus incurs no high costs due to the constant need to replace them.
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