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What should I know if I'm considering a microdermabrasion?

Tara Whitworth
Nursing
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. Your face may be red and feel slightly sunburned for the first few hours after the procedure. You will need to use a good moisturizer and sunscreen when going outdoors.  
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
We actually exfoliate every time we wash our skin. We do it more aggressively with a loofah pad or washcloth. We can do it chemically with glycolic acid, or we can do it mechanically with microdermabrasion. Let's make this perfectly clear: Microdermabrasion cleans your skin (that's a good thing). But don't do it if you believe those signs in the salon windows that say it removes wrinkles and scars. It can't; it simply exfoliates and sucks out the oils and dirt from your pores. (It's a facial without the soft music and aromatherapy.) Microdermabrasion either blasts the skin with salt or sand particles or rubs the skin with diamond crystals. A vacuum then cleans your pores. Your skin feels smoother and cleaner. Acne, blackheads, and whiteheads are reduced. Do it every two to four weeks to keep your face as clean as possible. Microdermabrasion is harmless unless the operator goes too deep, creating "macrodermabrasion." That's the procedure that plastic surgeons use to smooth wrinkles and scars, and that's a surgical procedure. Trained aestheticians or nurses can safely perform microdermabrasion.
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