Microdermabrasion – What to Expect

You scheduled your microdermabrasion – what happens next?

Upon arrival to our facility you will be asked to fill out some standard treatment and consent forms and read a few disclaimers. You’ll be escorted back to our treatment room. We will then discuss possible treatment complications such as redness or peeling. This is the time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have about the procedure. The medical aesthetician, with the doctor, will review your medical history, current medications and your skin care concerns. This helps ensure that microdermabrasion is appropriate for you.

Be sure to tell us if you have had a cosmetic procedure in the past, scar easily, or have ever had a keloid (a type of raised scar). It also is important for us to know if you have recently used any topical retinoids (like Retin-A, Differin) or oral isotretinoin (like Accutane). We recommend waiting 6 months or longer after taking the last dose of oral isotretinoin and at least 7 days after stopping topical retinoids. This reduces the risk of side effects from microdermabrasion.

You will lay comfortably on our treatment bed. You will be given eye protection to wear during the procedure. Your skin will be gently cleansed to remove oils and makeup, ensuring a more effective procedure. Depending on your needs, a chemical peel may be placed to enhance the results of your microdermabraison treatment.

The procedure itself consists of a handheld device that sprays very fine particles onto your face while simultaneously vacuuming them away. The effect is to mechanically exfoliate the top layer of skin. You may feel a scratching sensation which is uncomfortable, but not painful. Anesthesia is not required.

Once the skin is treated, the skin is wiped of stray particles. A retinyl enzyme is then placed on the face.

The treated skin may be pink or slightly red and swollen. If the skin is red and swollen, this should disappear within a day. Very aggressive treatments can lead to some mild flaking of the skin for about 1 week. You will surely notice a youthful glow to your skin.