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A microdermabrasion treatment gently removes the top layer of dead and damaged skin cells and vacuums them away.

It’s a well-tolerated skin rejuvenation procedure that can help even out pigment and discoloration, tackle sun damage, brighten dull skin, and diminish the appearance of mild acne, fine lines, and age spots.

The result is brighter, more even-toned skin that has a smoother texture. It also improves the performance of your skin-care regimen by allowing products to penetrate the skin more easily.


  • The treatment takes less than an hour, and downtime is minimal.
  • You’ll see results like smoother, brighter skin immediately.
  • This is a noninvasive, safe procedure. You won’t need anesthesia or a numbing agent.
  • It’s safe for most skin colors and types.


Before your aesthetician or provider begins the microdermabrasion session, they’ll cleanse and steam your face, to soften skin and open up the pores. Then, working counterclockwise, they’ll begin the exfoliating process.

There are two methods of microdermabrasion available in Dr. Bowen’s practice, Vibraderm and Diamond Glow. Both range from 20 minutes (for the quickest facial) to an hour (if the treatment includes your face, neck, and chest).

  • Vibraderm microdermabrasion is a new method of removing this dead tissue. In the past, machines have used small particles of Aluminum Oxide to “Sandblast” the skin. These machines treat a very small spot making it difficult to evenly treat a large area. They can also cause significant irritation. Vibraderm uses a large surface coated with fixed abrasives. Large areas can be treated evenly with less irritation. Studies have shown that Vibradermabrasion is more effective than traditional microdermabrasion and patients prefer it
  • Diamond Glow microdermabrasion The transformative power of DiamondGlow™ starts in our signature wand. Built with our innovative 3X13 cross 1™ technology, the wand simultaneously exfoliates, extracts debris, and infuses the skin with professional-grade SkinMedica® Pro-Infusion Serums, when pores are open and most receptive.

Some doctors believe that the diamond tip reduces the redness and dryness that can occur after the treatment

As you’re being treated, your skin may feel a little itchy or tingly, but you’ll quickly acclimate to the sensation.

Afterward, any excess crystals or residue will be removed with a warm towel, and your provider will apply a moisturizer and sunscreen


Most people are good candidates for microdermabrasion. It’s not an invasive procedure and is typically gentle. 

However, people with rosacea or who are prone to broken blood vessels should avoid this treatment and consider a light chemical peel instead.

It’s also not recommended for people with active cystic acne.

If you’ve recently had a facial laser treatment or completed an isotretinoin regimen (or are still on it), hold off on microdermabrasion for a few months. It can aggravate already sensitive skin.

How do you prepare for Microdermabrasion?

While microdermabrasion is gentle, there are some steps you should take to make sure your skin is prepped for the treatment.

  • Don’t use Retin-A or exfoliators for three days before your treatment.
  • Avoid sun tanning or using tanning creams/sprays during the week beforehand.
  • Wait two to three weeks after getting injectables (including fillers and neurotoxins).
  • Refrain from waxing or tanning the treatment area for a few weeks prior to microdermabrasion.
  • Wash your face and neck with a nonoily, non-soap-based cleanser before your treatment.
  • If you get red welts or hives when scratched (called dermatographism), you may have a similar reaction after microdermabrasion. Take oral histamine before your appointment to alleviate it.


It’s normal for skin to be dry and tight following a microdermabrasion procedure, and some people say their skin was flushed pink. These side effects should subside over the next day, with the use of a gentle cleanser and moisturizer.

To get the maximum effect of the treatment, avoid anything that overheats your body—including showers, a sauna, steam rooms, and exercise—for the first 24 hours.

You can somewhat resume your regular skin-care routine after 48 hours, but you should avoid topical anti-aging, exfoliating, or anti-acne products that contain salicylic acid, AHA/BHA acids, retinol, vitamin C, or benzoyl peroxide, for seven days due to prevent possible irritation.

In the next few weeks, your skin may be more sensitive to sun exposure, so it’s important to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Aestheticians recommend monthly sessions because your skin cells naturally turn over every 28 days.


A 2016 study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that microdermabrasion is safe, with benefits that include increased collagen density. People with very sensitive or thin skin might notice light bruising, scabbing, or flaking, but there isn’t any evidence of long-term damage in these cases. The crystals used are also considered safe and are non-toxic if accidentally ingested, though they can be irritating to the lungs.

The biggest risks would stem from an unsanitary environment or inexperience. Your aesthetician or provider should always wear gloves and use sterilized tools. Read consumer reviews and check before and after photos prior to booking an appointment—and steer clear of anyone who has injured or over exfoliated their clients.


Doctors say that microdermabrasion works to brighten, even out, and smooth skin, but results are temporary, lasting only about four weeks (until your skin cells have turned over again). When it’s used as part of a regular skin-care regimen, you will notice a clearer complexion, with improved tone, that looks healthy. 

This procedure can provide some improvement in the appearance of stretch marks, but the effects are usually very subtle. It’s also not an effective treatment for most acne scars.


The results of most at-home microdermabrasion devices won’t match those you’d get from a professional, but they can still improve your skin over time.

Though rare, there are risks that come with using a device at home, also typically due to sanitization. One study reported that a woman developed a bacterial abscess from her home device. Following the cleaning instructions is essential.

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