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What Is Microdermabrasion?

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure used to renew overall skin tone and texture. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skin-related concerns and conditions. 

It involves using a special instrument with an abrasive surface to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer and rejuvenating it. 

A different microdermabrasion technique sprays fine particles of aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate with suction to achieve the same outcome as using the abrasive surface. 


All About Microdermabrasion

Who Is Microdermabrasion For?

Microdermabrasion is a safe procedure for most skin types and colors. It makes subtle changes, causing no skin color change or scarring. However, it’s not effective for deeper problems such as deep acne scars. 

People might choose to get the procedure if they have the following skin problems:

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation, or Age Spots and Brown Spots
  • Enlarged Pores and Blackheads
  • Acne and Acne Scars
  • Stretch Marks
  • Dull-Looking Skin Complexion
  • Uneven Skin Tone and Texture
  • Melasma
  • Sun Damage

With microdermabrasion, the skin is temporarily pink but fully recovers within 24 hours. It doesn’t require surgery or anesthetics. That may help people who can’t afford downtime for healing. 

How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the national average cost of a microdermabrasion procedure was $167 in 2020. The total cost will depend on your provider’s fees, as well as your geographic location. 

Since microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure, medical insurance doesn’t typically cover the cost. Consult with your plastic surgeon’s office to determine your final fee. 

Prices may be based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, type of microdermabrasion procedure performed, time and resources the procedure requires, and the location. Be sure to ask your provider about all costs involved in your microdermabrasion treatment. 

How to Prepare for Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure. You don’t need to prepare for it. However, it’s a good idea to discuss your skin concerns with a skincare professional to find out if microdermabrasion is the right fit for you. 

Discuss any past cosmetic procedures and surgeries, as well as allergies and medical conditions. You may be told to avoid sun exposure, tanning creams, and waxing for about a week before treatment. You may also be advised to stop using exfoliating creams and masks three days prior to treatment. Before your treatment, remove any makeup and cleanse your face. 

How Does Microdermabrasion Work?

Microdermabrasion is an in-office procedure that usually takes about an hour. It’s performed by a licensed skin care professional, who may or may not be under the supervision of a healthcare provider. It’s not necessary to use anesthesia or a numbing agent for microdermabrasion.

During your appointment, you will be seated in a reclining chair. The professional will use a handheld device to gently spray on the particles or sand away the outer layer of skin in the targeted areas. 

At the end of the treatment, a moisturizer and sunscreen will be applied to your skin. 

Side Effects of Microdermabrasion

Common side effects of microdermabrasion include mild tenderness, swelling, and redness. These generally go away within a few hours or a day after treatment. You might be instructed to use a moisturizer to minimize dry and flaky skin. 

Minor bruising may also occur during the suction process during the treatment. 

What to Expect After Microdermabrasion

After microdermabrasion, you should be able to resume your daily activities immediately. Keep your skin hydrated and use gentle skincare products. Avoid using topical acne medication for at least one day after treatment. Also, it’s extremely important to protect your skin with sunscreen because your skin is more sensitive to the sun in the few weeks after the treatment. 

Expect to see noticeable results immediately after the procedure. Multiple microdermabrasion sessions will depend on the severity of your skin concerns as well as your expectations. Your provider will likely design a plan for the initial number of sessions and periodic maintenance treatments.

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