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The Machine Age

By: Annet King
Posted: June 24, 2008, from the February 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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These devices have been on the market for a while. They are not flashy. Although they don’t promise the moon, they perform consistently and never get you into trouble. All of these assets make these machines sound like model employees!

Microdermabrasion is among the most popular and lucrative procedures in the industry today. There is a wide array of equipment offered for this service. Microdermabrasion is a prime example of a relatively new procedure that has spawned many varieties of devices. To select the best equipment for your needs, you must educate yourself and proceed with caution.

Buyer beware

Before you invest in anything more complicated than a cotton swab, make sure that the state in which you practice permits the professional use of the device you are interested in purchasing by personnel who have the credentials that you possess. Certain pieces of equipment may be operated legally in some states only by physicians. Others simply are not permitted for use in your state by anyone. To put it succinctly, do your homework. The manufacturer may or may not care about whether or not you can safely or legally operate the equipment after your check has cleared.

Once you’ve made the leap of faith and decide to buy, it’s time to assert yourself. You must be given an owner’s manual, and there should be regular updates and upgrades to the equipment. Your team has to be trained immediately by a company representative who has received extensive education by the manufacturer.

Most importantly, the maker and trainer must be responsive and answer every question, address every concern and deliver the real facts about how any machine actually works. You must feel highly knowledgeable about how the technology impacts the skin. You have every right to ask for independent studies and clinical data if the manufacturer makes certain claims that appear to be too good to be true.