What to Expect During Microdermabrasion

When the aging process takes its course, a microdermabrasion treatment can be used to improve your skin condition. Microdermabrasion is a popular technique that removes the top layers of dead skin cells from the face and other areas of the body. Younger, softer looking skin is revealed after the skin is exfoliated. Wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores and blemishes are skin imperfections that can be safely removed with the application of a microdermabrasion. To get the desired benefit from a microdermabrasion treatment, several sessions might be required.

The Procedure

In order for the treatment to take its full effect, the skin is cleaned to remove all traces of makeup. Your contact lenses should be removed, and you will be given protective eyewear. During the treatment itself, a handheld device or a "microderm machine" releases a stream of tiny crystals on the surface of the skin. These crystals are designed to gently remove the dead, outer layers of the skin without causing harm to the patient.


This painless procedure takes less than an hour to complete. Depending on the area that is being treated and the severity of the skin condition, the duration of a micodermabrasion technique will often vary. For example, a face treatment will lasts for about 30 - 40 minutes, while a neck treatment may take up to 20 minutes to complete. After the skin is treated, the skin is cleaned and then a moisturizer or sunscreen is applied.

After the initial procedure, the effect of the microdermabrasion treatment is properly maintained with sessions every one to three months.

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