Microdermabrasion has helped patients regain a sense of youth by promoting beautiful, youthful-looking skin. There are a number of factors that can diminish the smoothness or coloring of your complexion. As you age, you may experience sun damage, age spots, or other skin irregularities due to environmental or genetic factors. If you have ever seen a photo of yourself and wished that you could erase any discoloration, imperfection, or irregularity, then you may benefit from a microdermabrasion treatment. Our dermatologist are dedicated to providing you the best level of care while helping you meet your personal goals for a clearer, more even skin tone and complexion.

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive treatment that can help reduce and eliminate any discoloration or imperfections on your skin. This non-invasive microdermabrasion treatment does not require surgery, so there is typically no discomfort or downtime during or after your procedure. Microdermabrasion uses microcrystals to gently exfoliate your skin to remove the outermost layers of unhealthy, damaged, dry, or irregular skin cells. This removal of unhealthy skin promotes a response to form new, healthy skin cells. A microdermabrasion treatment can help even out texture or coloring while promoting a bright, glowing complexion. A microdermabrasion procedure may be used with other skin care treatment regimenns to maximize the rejuvenation of healthy skin cells and to promote the best results.

A microdermabrasion treatment can help treat:

  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Acne scarring
  • Discoloration or over-pigmentation
  • Crow’s feet
  • Wrinkling
  • Fine lines
  • Melasma

What should I expect from a microdermabrasion procedure?

The process of a microdermabrasion treatment is on an out-patient procedure, which means you are able to go home the same day as your treatment. To begin, your face or area being treated will be thoroughly cleaned prior to the start of your microdermabrasion procedure. During your treatment, a series of microcrystals will be administered through a hand piece. These crystals help to exfoliate your skin while removing unhealthy or dead skin cells.

A single microdermabrasion treatment is usually not enough to achieve the level of results that patients desire. Our dermatologists will schedule a series of five to ten microdermabrasion sessions spaced at least two weeks apart. These procedures are spaced apart to promote the healthy formation of new collagen and thicker, firmer skin cells and to avoid skin irritation. An average microdermabrasion treatment takes thirty to sixty minutes, but each patient is unique. Some patients need more or less microdermabrasion sessions than the average patient, and the length of a microdermabrasion treatment varies from patient to patient depending on what condition is being treated.

A warming sensation is common to feel during your microdermabrasion procedure. However, this sensation is just the crystals gently exfoliating and stimulating your skin. After each of your microdermabrasion treatments, your newly exfoliated layer of skin will be more sensitive to hot water and sunlight. It is advised that you apply an unscented lotion or moisturizing cream to avoid irritation to your skin and promote healthy hydration.

Who are candidates for a microdermabrasion treatment?

Patients that are unhappy with skin features like age spots, clogged pores, fine lines, or any other irregularities may benefit from microdermabrasion. A microdermabrasion treatment may also help reduce the symptoms of acne or rosacea. An ideal candidate for a microdermabrasion treatment would be a healthy adult who is suffering from mild to moderate skin conditions or irregularities.

If you have just received a chemical peel or another skin procedure such as BOTOX®, then we suggest you wait a period of at least two weeks or longer before considering a microdermabrasion procedure. Microdermabrasion is not recommended for patients with severe skin or medical conditions, such as deep scarring, undiagnosed growths, facial warts, or unstable or dangerous illnesses. Pregnant women are also unable to receive a microdermabrasion treatment. We advise that patients with any of these symptoms or conditions do not undergo a microdermabrasion treatment for their safety and well-being.

Our dermatologists will discuss any questions or concerns about candidacy or your microdermabrasion procedure. Each patient is different, and results will vary depending on your medical history and skin condition that is being treated. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals with non-invasive, safe, and effective treatments like microdermabrasion.

How can I learn more about a microdermabrasion treatment?

Our dermatologists would be glad to discuss a microdermabrasion treatment with you. To request a personal consultation with our dermatologists to discuss a microdermabrasion treatment, please request an appointment online or call 212.838.0270.

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