Microdermabrasion is a procedure to smooth away small scars in the outermost layer of the skin. It is done by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. It is a quicker, easier, and less invasive treatment than dermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser resurfacing therapy.
With this technique, the face is gently buffed with a fine sandblaster that sprays tiny crystals across the face. A vacuum sucks up the crystals and dead skin. This stimulates new cell growth. The procedure usually takes less than an hour and leaves the skin only a bit red. Several treatments may be needed to get the best results.
This procedure has few, if any, side effects. It's generally safe and does not require any anesthetic.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Keith A. Denkler, MD - Plastic Surgery
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