Lynn E. Allison, M.D.

Microdermabrasion Treatments and Related Services


What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin resurfacing or “polishing” procedure.

How does Microdermabrasion Work?

Microdermabrasion works by a hand held device which emits micro crystals of aluminum hydroxide to the skin surface. This exfoliates the skin surface then the hand piece vacuums the debris away.

What are the Effects to the Skin?

Microdermabrasion causes a superficial exfoliation of the epidermis. This in turn leads to stimulation of new skin cell growth and collagen production.

What Conditions Can Microdermabrasion Treat?

Microdermabrasion can treat dull skin, fine lines, superficial pigment changes, mild acne, and enlarged pores. In addition, microdermabrasion can help to enhance a chemical peel if used after this treatment.

What Conditions can Microdermabrasion Not Treat?

Microdermabrasion is a superficial treatment so deeper lesions including deep lines and wrinkles, deep scars, melasma and skin conditions associated with redness cannot be treated.

What are the Possible Complications of Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is considered to be a very safe procedure. Patients can notice temporary (2-3 hours) erythema and feeling of being tight and swollen. Patients are able to resume their normal activities essentially immediately. Very rarely abrasions, crusting or bruising can occur. Even more rarely, a patient may experience scarring which can be permanent.

What are Alternative Treatments to Microdermabrasion?

Alternatives include acid peels and laser skin resurfacing. Acid peels can be much more irritating to the skin than microdermabrasion. Laser skin resurfacing is an invasive procedure which requires anesthesia and leads to significant down-time as the peel is much deeper and the skin takes time to recover.

How many Treatments do you need to Achieve the Desired Results?

Most patients need 5-12 treatments to get optimal results. These treatments can be spaced anywhere from 2-4 weeks apart. Follow-up treatments can be done from monthly to yearly to help maintain the initial results.

What are Special Instructions Prior to and After the Procedure?

The use of glycolic acids, Alpha Hydroxyl Acids and Topical Retinoids should be avoided for 3 days before and after the microdermabrasion procedure. Sun should be avoided for 1 week before and after the procedure. A good sunscreen should be used to protect the skin following the microdermabrasion and to help maintain good results in the long term. Waxing and plucking should not be done for 1 week following microdermabrasion.

How much does Microdermabrasion Cost?

Each treatment is around $90-$100/treatment depending on the size of the area to be treated. There are discounts on chemical peels when combined with microdermabrasion.

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