Your skin is exposed to environmental elements every day. Over the years, the sun’s rays, pollution, and other damaging agents can take a toll on your skin. Microdermabrasion treatment can help reduce or eliminate the wrinkles and fine lines, “crow’s feet,” age spots, light acne scars, and undesired pigmentation that may appear on the skin over time.

Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin. Microdermabrasion also encourages the production of a new underlying layer of skin cells with higher levels of collagen and elastin, which further improves your skin’s appearance. Microdermabrasion is much gentler than dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a more intensive procedure used to treat deeper facial lines, extreme sun damage, and scars.

Microdermabrasion is a safe, non-surgical, “lunch hour” procedure that provides many benefits. Microdermabrasion reduces or eliminates fine facial lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging; it improves the appearance of acne scars and other light scarring; and it gives skin of all colors and types a fresh, healthy-looking glow. It does all this with virtually no side effects. And because microdermabrasion uses non-allergenic crystals to treat the skin, it is an excellent treatment for skin that is sensitive to chemicals. Microdermabrasion does not present any serious risks when it is performed by a qualified provider. Some people may experience slight skin irritation after microdermabrasion.

The Procedure

In a microdermabrasion procedure, the technician uses a handheld device that sprays fine crystals onto the surface of your skin, providing gentle abrasion, or “polishing,” to remove the outer layer of old skin cells. Each treatment takes about fifteen minutes to thirty minutes and five to twelve microdermabrasion treatments at two- to three-week intervals are recommended for optimal results.

In a microdermabrasion procedure, the technician uses a handheld device that sprays fine crystals onto the surface of your skin, providing gentle abrasion, or “polishing,” to remove the outer layer of old skin cells. Each treatment takes about fifteen minutes to thirty minutes and five to twelve microdermabrasion treatments at two- to three-week intervals are recommended for optimal results.

Who is a Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion?

In general, good microdermabrasion candidates are adults who are in good physical health, with realistic expectations for the outcome of their treatment. People who do not have enough available time to undergo more invasive skin resurfacing treatments such as dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, or chemical peels may also be good candidates for microdermabrasion.

No. Because the procedure uses tiny aluminum oxide crystals to gently exfoliate the skin, microdermabrasion should not be painful or leave the patient with any lingering discomfort. However, microdermabrasion does cause a mild warming or tingling sensation that most patients describe in positive terms.