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Microdermabrasion is a mild mechanical exfoliation that removes the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing the fresh, healthy cells beneath.

Questions to ask your doctor:

  • How long after microdermabrasion can I look into other skin enhancing procedures like injectables and lasers?
  • If I have wrinkles, is microdermabrasion a good place to start before submitting to more powerful procedures?

Pre-procedure prep for microdermabrasion: Tanning, chemical peels, collagen injections, and other such skin treatments should be put on hold two weeks prior to microdermabrasion treatments. Retin-A and strong exfoliants should also be stopped a week before treatment to avoid skin irritation.

On the day of treatment: No special prep is necessary aside from cleaning the face of makeup and other products.

What To Expect

Your skin may be slightly red after microdermabrasion, but this effect will fade after a few hours.

Who should do it: Home kits can be purchased in pharmacies, cosmetics stores, or online. Day spas and dermatologists' offices offer more professional and powerful microdermabrasion techniques.

Duration: Microdermabrasion should not take longer than 45 minutes.

How Painful Is It?

The procedure is not painful. You may feel a slight tingling. Some people actually find it enjoyable.

Options for anesthesia: Microdermabrasions are performed without anesthetics.

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