What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
I am a big believer in microdermabrasion. But let's be honest: the procedure is simply a very good facial. It exfoliates. Exfoliation makes the skin look better, but has no real medical benefit. In fact, exfoliation defies the function of the skin -- to be a barrier to the outside world. The thicker the outside layer, the better the protection. But a thick outside layer is unattractive. Perhaps the best benefit of microdermabrasion is the deep cleaning of pores. After the dead skin is removed from the skin, oils and dirt are literally sucked out. Pores that have been held open by this debris stay large for a while, then shrink down.

Microdermabrasion is basically a high-tech facial. It cleans the skin and decreases acne in adults and adolescents. It allows creams and peels to penetrate more effectively. When the skin is pretreated with microdermabrasion, a 35% glycolic acid peel penetrates like a 70% peel. The result is dramatic.
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