What is microdermabrasion?

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  • AChad Gordon, DO, Plastic Surgery, answered on behalf of Johns Hopkins Medicine
    Microdermabrasion is a lighter form of dermabrasion that uses abrasive particles to remove sun-damaged skin and remove or lessen scars and other blemishes as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles. You may need several treatments to achieve the look you want.

    It’s not very painful and doesn’t require any anesthetic. Your face may be slightly red for an hour or so after treatment.
  • AEllen Marmur, MD, Dermatology, answered

    Microdermabrasion exfoliates the surface of the skin and smoothes the texture. It decreases the appearance of fine lines slightly since it lifts off dead skin, which lends a crumpled appearance to the surface layer. It's also an effective way to treat milia because it exfoliates all those tiny rough cysts. Microdermabrasion is also a terrific way to augment a peel, by exfoliating the peeling dead skin one week afterward.

  • AArthur Perry, MD, Plastic Surgery, answered
    Microdermabrasion has been touted as a noninvasive wrinkle reducer. Proponents say the technique can decrease scarring, equalize skin tone and pigmentation, and decrease acne. Microdermabrasion is performed both in physicians' offices and by aestheticians.

    Let's examine exactly what microdermabrasion is and what it can do. Back in the 1960s, the loofah pad (the dried, fibrous part of a loofah fruit) became popular to exfoliate the skin. The human upper epidermis, the stratum corneum, is composed of dead skin that keeps out water and germs. The loofah pad strips off this layer, making the skin look better.

    Microdermabrasion is really just an expensive loofah pad. It is called "micro" because traditional "dermabrasion" removes not only the dead skin, but also varying layers of the epidermis (upper layer) and even the dermis (lower layer).
  • APatricia Farris, MD, Dermatology, answered

    Microdermabrasion is a superficial exfoliating procedure that can make real improvements in the way your skin looks. Dermatologists use microdermabrasion for treating certain types of acne, enlarged pores, acne scars, facial pigmentation and even skin wrinkling. It can also be used to increase the penetration of topical medications and enhance the benefits of chemical peels. Recent scientific studies have shown that microdermabrasion turns on the wound healing response causing new collagen to be formed in the skin. This explains why patients who have repeated microdermabrasion treatments see improvement in fine lines and wrinkles and certain types of acne scars. 

  • AHealthyWomen answered
    Microdermabrasion uses crystals or a diamond tip to lightly smooth the top layer of your skin. It is a more superficial form of dermabrasion. It is used for fine lines, crow's feet, age spots and superficial acne scars.

    Microdermabrasion takes about 30 minutes and requires no anesthesia. For best results, many people start with a microdermabrasion treatment every two weeks and then move to one per month as maintenance. Each session costs about $154. Microdermabrasion may be performed by aestheticians, licensed cosmetologists, plastic surgeons or dermatologists. Complications are rare.
  • ATara Whitworth, MSN, Nursing, answered
    Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that exfoliates top layer of skin, reducing the appearance of damaged skin and light scars. It may also reduce the appearance of dark spots. This procedure is done in the office and is not painful.   


  • AHealthwise answered
    Microdermabrasion is a procedure to smooth away small scars in the outermost layer of the skin. It is done by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. It is a quicker, easier, and less invasive treatment than dermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser resurfacing therapy.

    With this technique, the face is gently buffed with a fine sandblaster that sprays tiny crystals across the face. A vacuum sucks up the crystals and dead skin. This stimulates new cell growth. The procedure usually takes less than an hour and leaves the skin only a bit red. Several treatments may be needed to get the best results.

    This procedure has few, if any, side effects. It's generally safe and does not require any anesthetic.

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