Microdermabrasion is considered to be an effective alternative to more expensive and more invasive procedures like plastic surgery, chemical peels and dermal fillers. Recently, more and more men and women are trying it, instead of pursuing cosmetic surgery.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a general term for the application of tiny rough grains to buff away the surface layer of skin. It is a skin-freshening technique that helps repair facial skin that has been damaged by the sun or the natural aging process. Dr. Cohen 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. When you remove or break up the old skin cells, the body interprets that as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new and healthy ones. The healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother. Some of the skin’s visible imperfections, like sun damage, blemishes, and fine lines are removed

Am I a good candidate for microdermabrasion?

In general, microdermabrasion candidates are adults who are in good physical health, with realistic expectations for the outcome of their treatment. People who do not have enough available time to undergo more invasive skin resurfacing treatments such as dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, or chemical peels may also be good candidates for microdermabrasion.

What are the risks and benefits of microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a safe, non-surgical, “lunch hour” procedure that provides many benefits. Microdermabrasion reduces or eliminates fine facial lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging; it improves the appearance of acne scars and other light scarring; and it gives skin of all colors and types a fresh, healthy-looking glow. It does all this with virtually no side effects. Since microdermabrasion uses non-allergenic crystals to treat the skin, it is an excellent treatment for skin that is sensitive to chemicals. Microdermabrasion does not present any serious risks when it is performed by a qualified provider. Some people may experience slight skin irritation after microdermabrasion. Since everyones skin and health history differ to some degree, the risks and benefits of microdermabrasion must be considered on a case-by-case basis.

As with other skin rejuvenation techniques, more than one treatment may be needed to reduce or remove fine wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation.