Microdermabrasion 101


Microdermabrasion or microderm a noninvasive method for skin exfoliation. This procedure can help people to improve their complexion, with the skin ending up smoother and lighter after treatment. Moreover, people with various skin types and color may undergo this skin treatment.

Microdermabrasion can also be performed at home using microdermabrasion kits modified for home use. However, in most cases, people prefer making an appointment with their preferred doctors for the procedure. Normally, microdermabrasion performed in clinics is more intense done that performed at home.


Only qualified dermatologist can perform microdermabrasion in clinics. The process involves using a hand-held device which gets rid of the external layer of the skin. The treatment may last up to half an hour when treating the face. Meanwhile, treating the neck usually requires less amount of time.

The treatment is not actually painful but clients may feel a rubbing sensation. After treatment, the skin may redden or swell for several days.

Patients are advised to use moisturizer on the treated areas after the procedure. Applying moisturizer aids in skin recovery. Before undergoing the procedure, dermatologists should inform the patients on how to take care of their skin after treatment. Meanwhile, patients are advised to avoid exposing their skin to sunlight to minimize the side effects of dermabrasion.


In some cases, patients may have to undergo multiple treatments before they see any recognizable results. Thus, there are patients who schedule for microdermabrasion treatment twice a week, every month, or depending on their preference.

Unfortunately, results of this treatment are not permanent. However, effects of the procedure can be maintained with proper skin health care. Normally, patients are discouraged from going out at broad daylight to avoid exposing their skin to sunlight.

Microdermabrasion is also used for treating people with the following conditions;

  • Melisma

  • Visible spots of aging

  • Scars or acne spots

  • Dull complexion

  • Uneven skin tone


Compared with other skin procedures, microdermabrasion is non-invasive and poses very few adverse effects. However, individuals should check first whether they are qualified to undergo the procedure.

Some patients with growing or changing spots on the skin may have skin cancer. These people are advised to undergo a thorough check up before scheduling for a microdermabrasion treatment.

Meanwhile, people who are taking medicine, such as isotretinoin, not allowed to undergo microdermabrasion. They are advised to take some time off from their medication and wait out several months before having the procedure.

Microdermabrasion is also not recommended for people with sensitive skin or those that easily get wounded and scarred.