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Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin-freshening technique that helps repair damaged facial skin.  A dermatologic surgeon uses a device like a fine sandblaster to spray tiny crystals across the face, mixing gentle abrasion with suction to remove the dead, outer layer of skin (epidermis).  As with other rejuvenation techniques, more than one treatment may be needed to reduce or remove fine wrinkles, unwanted pigmentation and acne scarring.

Initial Visit

During a patient’s first visit, a full medical history will be taken.  Physical examination will focus on age, genetics, skin type and elasticity.  It is important to discuss any pre-existing conditions, allergies, and past surgeries.  The dermatologic surgeon will ask what you like and dislike about your skin. 


Microdermabrasion treatments are only mildly uncomfortable and do not require anesthesia.

During the treatment, the physician will press a small device again your skin which causes a gentle abrasion through a fine crystal spray that breaks up dead skin and other imperfections.  After the treatment, the physician vacuums the traces of the crystal powder.  After the procedure, your face may be slightly red for about an hour.

Microdermabrasion treatments are recommended every two weeks in a series of 6, and then a long-term maintenance schedule may be recommended.

Pre-Operative Instructions

Prior to the procedure, the dermatologic surgeon may ask you to refrain from sun exposure and to discontinue the use of specific topical agents, such a Retin A.

Post-Operative Instructions

Apply sunscreen (with SPF 15 or more) and stay out of the sun.  Certain skin creams may be recommended for maintenance.


Microdermabrasion is a nonsurgical procedure.  Therefore, there are none of the risks associated with even minor surgery.


Microdermabrasion has become an increasingly popular method for facial rejuvenation.    It is quick, requires almost no down time, and decreases the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles and shallow acne scars which helps to even out the texture. Last year, microdermabrasion was one of the top five non-surgical procedures for men and women.

 Page updated: 08-23-11