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What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure that removes the outer layer of skin called the stratum corneum. The procedure is most often performed with a handheld vacuum system.
People who choose to receive microdermabrasion treatments typically do so for cosmetic reasons, including treating uneven skin tone or scars. Microdermabrasion can also be used to help topical medications absorb into the skin more easily
What Does Microdermabrasion Do?
Microdermabrasion is essentially a sophisticated exfoliation process. The wand device removes the outer layer of skin by gently sanding it with abrasive particles (tiny crystals) and pressure. There is also a crystal-free option that uses diamonds on the wand to exfoliate instead.
Over time, the new skin that forms will be more healthful than the layer of skin that was taken away. This is due in part to the increase in collagen, a protein that helps keep skin firm but that is produced less as you age. With increased collagen from microdermabrasion, you can have skin that is younger-looking and more absorbent.
Most people require between five and 16 treatments to see results.