Drugstore cleansers, toners, and creams are nice, but they can only go so far when it comes to perking up sullen skin. It might be time to try something a little more aggressive—like microdermabrasion.

This advanced resurfacing procedure uses a spray of super-fine exfoliating crystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin. In addition to its powerful exfoliating ability, this non-chemical, non-invasive treatment also encourages the production of collagen and elastin, helping to further improve your skin’s appearance and give you the golden glow you crave.

So, ready to indulge in some real rejuvenation? Here’s Dr. Rabkin with all you need to know about this oh-so-smoothing beauty treatment.

What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion provides a host of cosmetic benefits, including:

  • Refreshing skin’s texture, color, and improving your overall “glow.”
  • Refining pores and improving certain types of acne.
  • Minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Reducing the appearance of dark spots and discoloration

How many treatments will I need to see results?

Depending on how much acne or pigment you have and how sensitive your skin is, a typical series should include approximately 3-5 treatments (30 to 60 minutes each) spaced 1-4 weeks apart, followed by a maintenance regiment.

Is microdermabrasion painful? How long do sessions last?

Microdermabrasion is considerably gentler then other forms of skin resurfacing. The most you’ll feel is a slight pulling sensation from the tiny vacuum and a mild exfoliating sensation.

What will I look like right after treatment? Is there downtime?
Don’t worry, you won’t resemble steak tartare. At most, skin may look slightly pink for 1-2 days after the treatment. Staying well moisturized during the treatment period is also recommended, as you may experience some dryness.

What are the possible medical or cosmetic side effects?
Microdermabrasion is quite safe when performed by an experienced, licensed aesthetician or a medical provider like an MA or an RN. You will also be temporarily more sun sensitive, so be sure to use sunscreen daily.


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