Microdermabrasion is a popular skin care procedure that is used to treat multiple common skin conditions, such as sun damage, age spots, and superficial scars. It is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. The result will improve overall skin tone and texture.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

The procedure uses a special applicator with an abrasive surface to gently sand away the thick outer layer of the skin to promote rejuvenation.

A different microdermabrasion technique is to spray crystals to the skin surface with a vacuum/suction to accomplish the same outcome as the abrasion.  

People might choose this procedure if they have the following skin concerns:

  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • hyperpigmentation, age spots and brown spots
  • enlarged pores and blackheads
  • acne and acne scars
  • stretch marks
  • dull-looking skin complexion
  • uneven skin tone and texture
  • melasma
  • sun damage

How much does microdermabrasion cost?

The cost of a microdermabrasion procedure $80-$100. The total cost will depend on the total service and the type of microdermabrasion you choose.

Preparing for microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is minimally invasive. It causes minor discomfort during the procedure. There’s very little you need to do to prepare for it except remove any makeup and cleanse your face before the procedure begins.

You may be told to avoid sun exposure, tanning creams, and waxing for about a week before treatment. You may also be advised to stop using exfoliating creams and masks approximately three days prior to treatment.

Microdermabrasion is considered a safe procedure for most skin types and colors. Discuss your skin concerns with a skin care esthetician to find out if microdermabrasion is the right fit for you. 

How does microdermabrasion work?

Microdermabrasion is an in-office procedure that usually takes about 15 min up to 1 hour depending on the service you choose. It’s typically performed by a licensed esthetician. Because the discomfort is mild, it’s not necessary to use anesthesia or a numbing agent for microdermabrasion. During your appointment, you’ll be seated in a reclining chair. Your provider will use a handheld device to gently spray on the particles or sand to brush away the outer layer of skin in the targeted areas. At the end of the treatment, a moisturizer as well as sunscreen will be applied to your skin.

There are a few different ways to do the procedure, based on the specific device used and the purpose of the treatment

  • Diamond-tip handpiece
  • Crystal microdermabrasion
  • Hydradermabrasion

Diamond-tip handpiece

A diamond-tip handpiece is designed to gently exfoliate dead cells in your skin.  This type of microdermabrasion applicator is generally used in more sensitive facial areas, like close to the eyes.   

Crystal microdermabrasion

Crystal microdermabrasion uses a crystal-emitting handpiece to gently spray fine crystals to your skin to rub away outer layers of the skin. Like the diamond-tip handpiece, the shedded dead skin cells are suctioned away simultaneously during the treatment.


Hydradermabrasion is a newer method. It involves combining simultaneous dermal infusion of products and crystal-free exfoliation. The entire process stimulates collagen production and maximizes blood flow to your skin.

Side effects of microdermabrasion

Common side effects of microdermabrasion include mild tenderness, swelling, and redness. These generally go away within a few hours after treatment.

You might be advised to continue to use moisturizer to minimize dry and flaky skin after getting home. Minor bruising may also occur. This is mostly caused by the suction process during the treatment.

What to expect after microdermabrasion

There is little to no downtime after microdermabrasion. You should be able to resume your daily activities immediately.

Keep skin hydrated and use skin moisturizing products. Avoid using topical acne medications for at least one day after treatment. It’s extremely important to protect your skin with sunscreen. Your skin can be more sensitive to the sun in the few weeks after the treatment.

You can expect to see results immediately after the procedure. The number of microdermabrasion sessions needed will depend on your skin conditions as well as your expectations.

Meanwhile you shouldn’t expect microdermabrasion can give you the same results of a deep chemical peel or fractionated resurfacing laser with.

To make  a plan with your esthetician together for the initial number of sessions, as well as periodic maintenance treatments before starting.

How often are microdermabrasions needed?

How often you should get a microdermabrasion facial depends on your skincare needs and finances. You may need 3-5 treatments before you see good results.  Treatments are often scheduled at 1-2 month intervals.

Please contact us for scheduling a try out treatment or for further questions.

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