Microdermabrasion, At A Glance

  • Best ResultsMultiple
  • Treatment RecoveryImmediate
  • Procedure Time60 min
  • Skin SpecialistDermal therapist
  • Duration of Results14-21 days
  • AnaestheticNil required
  • Back to WorkImmediately
  • CostNot performed @cliniccutis, replaced with Hydrafacial, Tixel, Lase MD


Microdermabrasion is a low to no downtime procedure that can temporarily improve skin texture by partially removing the upper layers of skin known as the stratum corneum. This procedure is offered by many beauticians, however @cutis_dermatology I have largely replaced microdermabrasion with faster, longer lasting & effective treatments such as Hydrafacial, Aquagold Facials, Tixel, Lase MD, chemical peels & simple Dermaplaning.

FactsFacts on Microdermabrasion

  • This physical exfoliation procedure can improve the optical properties of skin
  • Removal of dead skin cells can improve the perception of pigmentation
  • Planning the upper most layer of skin can also improve dull skin & fine lines
  • As skin turns over in 2-4 weeks, the procedure needs to be frequently repeated
  • The relaxing feel-good factor of microdermabrasion has a high satisfaction rate
  • Chemical peels performed correctly will better the outcomes of microdermabrasion
  • Other alternatives include Tixel, Picofacials & Laser Genesis

What conditions can microdermabrasion treat?

Microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliating procedure. It can improve dull skin as well as mild forms of pigmentation. Repeated treatments can stimulate collagen, improving pores & very fine lines. This treatment is also effective in treating milia, skin congestion & blackheads.

Milia are easily treated with microdermabrasion.

How long do the positive effects of microdermabrasion last?

Human skin typically regenerates at approximately 21 to 28 -day intervals. Hence textural improvements seen with microdermabrasion is temporary and needs to be repeated at average intervals of two to four weeks for continued improvement. Hence multiple treatments are required to see a modest improvement in skin quality.

Microdermabrasion still plays an important role in no downtime, relaxed beauty treatments.

Does microdermabrasion stimulate collagen?

There is some evidence that microdermabrasion can stimulate the production of collagen, the protein that gives our skin strength and elasticity. Much like trimming hedges, the action of removing the upper most layer of skin can ‘signal’ the lower dermis to produce collagen, in turn diminishing wrinkles & open pores.

Is microdermabrasion the same as exfoliating?

Exfoliation is the act of removing dead skin cells from the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. This can be achieved with chemical or physical exfoliation. Peels fall in the former, whilst procedures such as microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, Hydrafacial, & Clarisonic fall under physical exfoliation.

Microdermabrasion is idea for congested skin. Chemical peels are more effective & efficient.

Davin’s viewpoint on microdermabrasion

This procedure ranks as one of the most popular treatments at beauty salons & spas. The feelgood factor of touch silky smooth skin contributes to this hugely successful procedure. So, why don’t we offer this @cliniccutis? I do believe that other procedures such as prescription peels & Tixel are both more convenient, cost effective, & importantly more effective than most microdermabrasion procedures.

Peels can be tailored to a particular condition, such as fine lines, wrinkles, blackheads, acne, open pores, pigmentation & even sun damage. Peeling can be as gentle as removing the stratum corneum or as aggressive as removing all layers of the epidermis right down to the lower dermis. Dermaplaning is another alternative to microdermabrasion. With the former, optical clarity with improved light reflex can be enhanced by simply removing vellus hairs or peach fuzz.

Low cost, low downtime treatments
are still useful, including microdermabrasion & HydraFacials. Both exfoliate skin, leaving fresh skin cells. This instantly provides that GLOW.

The one huge advantage of microdermabrasion is the total relaxation of the patient during the procedure. I cannot argue this point!

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