What is this treatment used for?

Microdermabrasion is used to gently remove dead skin cells and smooth the skin, giving you an improved complexion and a more youthful appearance. This treatment can also be used for stretch marks, light scars, discoloration of the skin, and other blemishes.

What occurs during this treatment?

Microdermabrasion essentially sands the skin, using small crystals to exfoliate the skin and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells and other debris. Both facial rejuvenation peels and microdermabrasion allow new skin to regrow with a more youthful appearance.

What care is required before this treatment?

Prior to a microdermabrasion treatment, you should avoid exfoliating creams, waxing, or tanning. The treatment should not be combined with laser surgery or chemical peel treatments.

What care is required after this treatment?

Your physician will provide you with instructions for cleaning, moisturizing, and protecting the treated skin. You’ll also need to schedule a follow-up visit to monitor how your skin is healing. Over-the-counter medication and ice packs can help relieve any pain or discomfort.  Continue to avoid direct sunlight and use sunscreen when necessary. You may also be asked to use a moisturizer and avoid certain products or procedures, such as exfoliating sponges. Makeup can be used to cover up redness. Microdermabrasion also requires proper moisturization and sun protection after the treatment, and you should minimize direct exposure to sunlight.

How long is the recovery time?

A patient can immediately resume their normal tasks after a microdermabrasion treatment. It may be associated with brief side effects such as redness, swelling, and increased sensitivity to the sun. Your skin may also be dry and flaky for several days after the treatment.

Are there any risks associated with this treatment?

The suction involved in a microdermabrasion treatment may cause bruising, which can last for several days. There is also the slim possibility that the crystals used in the process can cause eye irritation, but this is mitigated through the use of eye protection.