June 2, 2006, Newsletter Issue #18: Microdermabrasion Begins at Home

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Drop off the kids at school. Do laundry. Meet with accountant. Shop for dishwasher. Shop for car insurance. Help elderly mom. Help out at kids' school fundraiser. You can't take time out to go to a plastic surgery clinic for microdermabrasion, but somewhere on that to-do list, shouldn't there be a to-do-for-you item? Between appointments when you looked through magazines, you saw ads for home microdermabrasion treatment. Your first thought: Does it work? Say you purchase a Sharper Image Microdermabrasion system, which is advertised to work on your whole body and reduce wrinkles as well as banish acne. Will you get your money's worth from the rolling microdermabrasion massager? Neutrogena also offers an Advanced Solutions at-home MicroDermabrasion kit.

The difference between a home microdermabrasion system and a professional microdermabrasion treatment? Several hundred dollars. The cost of microdermabrasion in an office can start at $75 for a single treatment, but according to the 2004 American Society of Plastic Surgeons survey, the surgen's fee is $866. A series of microdermabrasion treatments can cost $300-$600 according to Paula Begoun (THE COMPLETE BEAUTY BIBLE). The cost of the Neutrogena home microdermabrasion acne and wrinkle treatment is $35, while the Sharper Image charges $49.95. TV stations that have done their typical "does it work" segments (to protect the public and fill airtime) have found that there is no substitute for a professional microdermabrasion treatment.

NOTE: Deep microdermabrasion treatments, similar to Alpha Hydroxy Acid peels, should only be performed by a qualified surgeon. Another item on your to-do-for-you list: compare product reviews and get physicians' reviews on home microdermabrasion systems. After all, you want to feel refreshed, rejuvenated and comfortable when doing everything on your daily to-do-for-others list.

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