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An Overview

If you're looking for a safe, affordable, time-tested skin rejuvenation treatment option, you'd be hard pressed to find a beter solution than Microdermabrasion. A genuine "lunch break facial," microdermabrasion treatments can take as little 20 minutes, working wonders on anything from acne, acne scars, and age spots to enlarged pores, wrinkles, and rosacea.

In the simplest terms, a Microdermabrasion can recharge your look, painlessly buffing away dry, damaged skin cells while encouraging the rise of new, natural collagen: the building blocks of clear, vibrant, youthful skin. Whether it's a one time treatment for sun damage or skin discoloration, or a monthly routine to keep your skin refreshed, Microdermabrasion can prove beneficial for virtually anyone. Check out the Microdermabrasion video below to see how a session is conducted.

What to Expect from Treatment

As seen above, a "microderm machine" is operated by the esthetician. This device emits a pressurized stream of crystals on the skin's surface. Common crystals used in Microdermabrasion include aluminum oxide, zinc oxide, corundum, sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and magnesium oxide. Typically, medical spas and dermatology clinics are set up to handle two or more crystal setups, with aluminum oxide being the industry standard. Aluminum oxide is chemically inert, making it the safe, secure microderm treatment most professionals prefer. Alternative, crystal-free Microdermabrasion options include Vibraderm™, which uses a vibrating paddle. Whichever Microdermabrasion system you choose, each one is designed to gently slough off dead skin, eliminate black heads, shrink large pores, and leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

Microdermabrasion as Acne Treatment: Acne sufferers can see quality results with Microdermabrasion treatments because of the procedure's ability to unclog pores and clear away dirt, oil, and dead skin. This removes much of acne's damage while also allowing the skin to heal more quickly. Furthermore, when dead skin cells are removed, acne-causing bacteria cannot survive as easily. While every patient's situation is unique, most people experience obvious, posituve changes in their skin's tone and texture after after just one Microderm session, and a noticeable reduction in skin imperfections in as little as two sessions.

Also known as the "power peel," Microdermabrasion is a low risk procedure and requires absolutely no downtime or recovery period. It’s effective as an isolated treatment, but can also be combined with Chemical Peels and laser or light-based treatments like IPL Photofacial. Microdermabrasion can actually improve the effects of both Chemical Peels and Photofacials by eliminating dead skin cells and "cleaning the slate," so to speak.

Discuss the advantages or disadvantages of Microdermabrasion at Cosmetic Enhancement Forum.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does this Procedure Take?

Microdermabrasion treatments only last for about 30-45 minutes. The number of Microderm treatments required is based on the severity of the skin condition, but many medical spas, laser clinics, and aesthetic professionals sell treatment packages of 5-6.

Microdermabrasion Side Effects:

You can expect a slight dryness and flaking for a few days after your Microdermabrasion treatment.

Length of Microdermabrasion Results:

The duration of your Microdermabrasion results should be fairly long lasting, however, it depends on the severity of the skin damage and the number of treatments received. While you may require up to 2 treatments per month initially; with time many, people require only one treatment a month as a part of a consistent skin care routine.

Microdermabrasion Recovery Time:

There is no recovery time from Microdermabrasion; you can expect to resume your normal activities following your treatment. Microdermabrasion is a great procedure to undergo during your lunch hour.

Typical Minimum Cost:

$125 per treatment

Typical Maximum Cost:

$300 per treatment

Average Cost of Microdermabrasion:

$127 per treatment

Will I feel pain or discomfort after treatment?

You should not feel any pain or discomfort during your Microdermabrasion treatment. If you have extra sensitive skin, your Microdermabrasion provider may suggest some soothing moisturizers to use after treatment to make sure your skin is properly hydrated.

Microdermabrasion can be Combined with:

Other Names for Microdermabrasion:

Microderm, intense exfoliation, power peel, dermabrasion, skin rejuvenation

Microdermabrasion Testimonials:

"Great equipment and even better people. Your staff is excellent at making the appointments as comfortable as possible."
MICHAEL K. - Farmington, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.7

"I was given excellent deal that i had to negotiate. 10 sessions for $300, 5 micro, 5 peels. Excellent results even though extraction services are provided with peels (with visible acne). I wish make up removal was a little more professional vs. Baby wipes. Overall, i am very satisfied with American Laser centers. This was my first visit to 14 union sq location. Loved the 50% discount on Vivite products! I hope to receive an even better deal on future services. I have not received any emails lately from the Center. I miss the "open house events, with wine and complimentary services. Overall i am satisfied with professional staff and quality services provided."
JUSTYNA J. - Staten Island, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.3

"happy with everything"
ANNIE R. - Floral Park, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.8

"My tech was Cassandra, she was great, gentle, has a great personality"
ANNIE R. - Floral Park, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.8

"treatment was thorough and thoughtful (focus on problem areas)"
SUSAN R. - New York, NY
Customer Rating.... 5.0

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"used the new type of microderm and was pleased. It did not leave the sandy feel on my face and my face was much brighter."
CINDY P. - Albany, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.9

"New version of microdermabrasion without use of crystals is much more thorough, less messy. Nutrients infused into skin. See results already after one session."
RHONDA R. - Spencerport, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.6

"While 'bare bones', no change of clothes, nor protection for clothing against grit from microdermabrasion, the aesthetician was totally lovely, caring, and did a thorough and fine procedure."
JUDY P. - Bayside, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.2

"I like everything no need to wait, excellent machines, amazing results."
SIMPLE B. - New Hyde Park, NY
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"Love how smooth my skin feels after microdermabrasion treatment. I'm very happy to have Melissa as my consultant/technician, she answered all my questions and concerns and made me feel very much at ease."
FRANCES B. - Staten Island, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.0

"I was very pleased with the results of my treatment. My skin feels soft and smooth and there are no dry patches. The acne scarring has reduced by a lot. I had a little redness for a day and my skin felt irritated for a few hours but I had no major problems. The staff was very nice and made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions to my satisfaction and even made suggestions of products and other treatments."
RUBY R. - Rochester, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.7

"first time i had a microdermabrasion, it was awesome, staff explained everything and were great"
JEAN F. - Nassau, NY
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"My results were better than I had expected. I had a lot of sun damage on my sides. I was happy that the sun damaged was completely gone with less than 15 treatments."
STACEY B. - Farmingdale, NY
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"All expectations are met love the staff I would continue my services at this location."
BEATRIZ V. - Bronx, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.4

"Everything went well. The results are as expected."
HILLARY R. - Suffern, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.0

"I wish my skin would get better results. I love the microdermabrasion. I think it might be my age."
PAOLA C. - Delanson, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.7

"Inna was entirely professional and gentle."
VANESSA B. - New York, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.1

"The treatment was very brief in time. The aesthetician was a lovely woman named Inna."
VANESSA B. - New York, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.1

"The treatment improved my skin"
RHONDA R. - Spencerport, NY
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"I have only had one treatment so I am not really sure yet, the hair on my legs seems the same, but I did handle the treatment well. Bobbi has reassured me that when I am done I will be hairless for good, so I have great expectations."
KATHY M. - Schoharie, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.2

"It was a very good experience, the staff very friendly and the treatment very easy but effective, leaving my skin smooth and renewed "
GRACIELA G. - Bellmore, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.2

"I love how quick the sessions are! If there is any discomfort during the laser hair removal, it seems like it lasts less than a minute. "
ALAINA L. - Whitestone, NY
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"Nurse Linda was great in Plainview!! "
MICHELE M. - Massapequa, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.5

"I am very satisfied on starting to finally see the results of the treatment, i was told when i started, that it was going to take me awhile for me to see results, and they were right! But now that I'm beginning to see results, i cannot tell you enough how happy i am! My face was horrible, i was embarrassed to get close to people, and now, i don't even wear makeup anymore, only on Sundays to go to church! I'm only half way there, cant wait to see the end result! I also have acne scarring on my back, i have started treatment on that also, haven't seen any difference yet, but i know its just a matter of time until i see the same results as on my face! Thanks staff at American Skin Laser, & specially to the girl doing my treatments!!"
DIANA S. - Wyoming, MI
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"Expectations were met"
TRACEY C. - Spencerport, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.7

"I haven't had a treatment in a while because of sun exposure but I am still very impressed with my results from my last treatments. "
VERONICA W. - Delmar, NY
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"Technicians are sloppy with laser hair removal, and are reluctant to improve their techniques even after they see the issue. After five treatments, most of the inside of my thigh still has seen no hair removal. Technicians sometimes say this is because some hair is not in the cycle of growth where it would be optimally burned off by the laser, but that would result in a few stray hairs -- not entire patches (several inches long) of skin with no hair removal whatsoever. Or they say my hormonal balance may prevent permanent hair removal. However, significant parts of the tops of my thighs and knees have seen lots of hair removal. Clearly, the technicians are doing a messy job when they get to the inside of my thigh. I can appreciate that the inside of my thigh is harder to reach and treat than the top of my thigh. All the technician needs to do is slow down and pay attention. Instead, technicians get very defensive and refuse to change the way they are treating my leg even after seeing the hair. Technicians need to know not just how to use the equipment, but how to listen (and then adjust) to the patient to make sure treatments are working."
ZARANA "JARNA" S. - New York, NY
Customer Rating.... 3.5

"All the staff are excellent!"
DOUG F. - Rochester, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.6

"Skin tightening was somewhat helpful. Vela Shape did not work for me at all. Botox did not produce the desired results either. I might do fillers in the future, but right now I have eyelid surgery scheduled for this October, so I wait until after then. Very friendly staff. Extremely professional and competent staff. Excellent ambiance. "
DOUG F. - Rochester, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.6

"I'm looking forward to my appointment :) The consultation experience was very pleasant and exciting. I can't to see my results. I would definitely recommend this place of business to anyone. I've already bought the Vivite facial wash, hydrating cream, and sunscreen. I've been using this product for almost a week which will be Friday. Since using the facial care products my skin is more smooth and my hyper pigmentation has changed to look better. I thought that when i started using this product that I was just hallucinating. I'm very excited for this appointment and future appointment for my results!!!! Thank you! ^_^"
WILLAMENA C. - Chicago, IL
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"I wish I had had before photos taken; I just didn't happen to think of it due to the wealth of other information I received. Also, the technician didn't tell me her credentials, but there was a certificate for her I noticed on the wall."
MICHELE M. - Canandaigua, NY
Customer Rating.... 3.8

"Awful microdermabrasion was in room for approx 7 min did a quick job for $125 she could have done a better job the lady had an attitude before I went in. After my procedure I went up front to check out and she was grabbing her purse to leave she could have waited for me to leave will not EVER go back."
JONIE D. - Sacramento, CA
Customer Rating.... 3.2

"This is my second purchase with American Skin Care. In essence I feel this stage is now a necessity following my ematrix treatments. I was told after I was unhappy with the results from my ematrix that now I would have to work on anything that was brought to the surface due to the ematrix I.e major cysts that left very deep scars because the ematrix was done on top of the cysts. I wish I was more informed on the ematrix produce prior to beginning it, I by no means feel it improved what I was after and now has left me with much worse marks and embarrassment. "
Customer Rating.... 3.0

"Great machine painless."
SIGALIT B. - Huntington, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.9

"This was the first time I have had microdermabrasion and it was fantastic. There was no pain, it was very relaxing and produced GREAT results!"
VERONICA W. - Delmar, NY
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"So far I've only had one session. It was nice, short and what I paid for. The staff was friendly and answered all my questions. I can already see a few black heads gone from around my nose."
LATASHA G. - Bronx, NY
Customer Rating.... 3.9

"the e-matrix was too much down time; and I'm not sure the results were worth the time and money. the other procedures: exfoliation, botox, and peel were better value for me. i plan on continuing with these."
PATRICIA C. - Northport, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.3

"I have been doing laser hair removal for nearly two years now, and the location I visit finally received a new machine, which seems great. The previous machine, which required gel, was painful. The fotofacial and microdermabrasion are very effective. I usually have a difficult time reaching someone on the phone and making appts, which is my only complaint."
DAPHNE B. - New York, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.0

"VelaShape did not work at all on me and was a waste of money. Skin tightening has helped some. Not sure what the botox did. Microdermabrasion was nice. Laser hair removal on my back was a pain, but in the end the result was excellent. "
DOUG F. - Rochester, NY
Customer Rating.... 4.5

"Had the consult, and three procedures on the spot. The Price however, after being at home, reviewing my receipt, I was charged a higher price for the Botox than quoted in the office, and the Lip treatment only being the next day... if off kilter... top left side of lip is larger that right side, and the lower lip does not seem to have any injectable, so not sure what can be done now?"
BEA K. - West Chicago, IL
Customer Rating.... 4.6

"Overall it was good. More effort was needed in giving more and additional treatment information for my particular problem; scars."
CONOR L. - Ft Lauderdale, FL
Customer Rating.... 3.4

"I am excited to have my treatment done :)"
STACI P. - Boone, IA
Customer Rating.... 4.0

"Everyone was very nice and friendly. The procedure I had was thoroughly explained to me beforehand. My comfort level was asked about during the procedure and afterwards, I appreciated that. The entire appointment from the consultation, the procedure, to the scheduling of appointment was exceptional."
LINDA B. - Missouri City, TX
Customer Rating.... 4.2

"I felt comfortable and confident after consultation and had the procedure done the same day. I was very satisfied with the procedure and amazed with the results after one treatment just like I was told. I actually saw a difference immediately after the first of 8 treatments and look forward to completing the series. The payment plan helped to make this very affordable and I am so pleased with the results. Worth the investment."
LISA W. - Sugar Land, TX
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"Will recommend to other if this procedure work."
MICHAEL L. - Skokie, IL
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"The cost was high and the results are not as good as I would have expected. I had several people interested in the procedures, but my experience hasn't been a great example."
LOU ANN T. - Wingot, NC
Customer Rating.... 3.8

"Nicole was great! I had a chemical peel yesterday and have scheduled a microdermabrasion follow-up."
SHARON H. - Woodland, WA
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"The service was excellent and professional. I will consider this over and over again."
NICK S. - Bakersfield, CA
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"nice staff.. i had the procedure but it was too fast.. it's like everything was in a hurry (i have never had this procedure before but still i felt it was quick) --- not happy with it, maybe they can treat patients a little longer with MORE QUALITY."
YOGGEE L. - Lake Worth, FL
Customer Rating.... 4.4

"At time of purchase it wasn't disclosed that Ameri-Pure products would need to be purchased. I felt for the cost, that should be included with the services. Appt. times are often difficult to get and I usually have to wait to get services."
CYNTHIA R. - Moreno Valley, CA
Customer Rating.... 3.4

"I can't wait to get started! I'm so excited that this technology and type of procedure is available and "tangible" for me."
SUSAN C. - Robinson Township, PA
Customer Rating.... 5.0

"The consultant is a great salesperson. She could probably get a 20 year old to purchase skin rejuvenation supplies. She is extremely personable and professional-appearing. I was rushed through on my first visit so much so that I realized in subsequent visits that I should have had facial products applied after my microdermabrasion & a hand massage. The employee mentioned to me that she had to go get her small son and provide her sister with the car seat so she could babysit him. On a subsequent visit, I was scheduled for laser & skin tightening but the employee told me after I got there that she had a conference call to take so she could only do the laser treatment. I'm to have the skin tightening later. It seems as if the end of the month appts. I am offered services at a greater discount. The employees offer hair removal, etc. at a discount which they 'cannot guarantee will not increase in price should I decide later to have it done'. I have had multiple appts. since Feb. I am just now seeing visible signs of improvement."
RHONDA R. - Fortville, IN
Customer Rating.... 3.8

"I felt that they were not experienced with what i wanted to get out of the service. It wasn't until i signed up for the service, that i realized none of the technicians have not specialized/ experienced in stretch mark removal. I thought the price was way too much with no improvements. I believe that they should have at least experienced one patient and have seen some improvements before offering that service with such a high price. I have not seen any improvements after paying 2300.00 for the service. One of the strengths that i have found with the provider were the friendly service that i received."
SOKHOEN K. - Stockton, CA
Customer Rating.... 2.4

"Procedure was done same day, I plan to schedule regular visits 1 or 2 a month."
MOLLYE R. - Las Vegas, NV
Customer Rating.... 3.8

"One of the ladies specializes in the microdermabrasions, she did a very good job and I was very pleased with the results. A few of the other staff seem to be "rushed" or just aren't as gentle. Perhaps some of the staff need more training to become better skilled. All are very friendly, my only suggestion is that some may need more practice to become better skilled. On one occasion my face stayed pink for over 3 days after a microdermabrasion. I believe it was done too rough."
JODI W. - Carmichael, CA
Customer Rating.... 3.0

"I felt the services were great. The people were friendly and helpful. I purchased the microdermabrasion package when it was on sale. I would like to have a peel or two done in the fall."
BRITTANY P. - Arlington, VA
Customer Rating.... 3.8

"i bought your product on 3-31-06 and used it before i want to bed but i think that your product is too strong for my skin. my skin was burning and turned white when i put the cellular anti-oil treatment on."
JOVAN M. - Milwaukee, WI
Customer Rating.... 3.2

"Although the price was a bit high, I'm looking forward to a good, perhaps even amazing result. I wish the procedure could be done a little faster."
TED P. - Chicago, IL
Customer Rating.... 3.8

"I really liked the specialist. I have been going to another place for this procedure and it hasn't worked. She didn't show me pictures but I have seen pictures before. She was very informative and answered all of my questions. The only thing that is holding me back is the cost. I have to figure out how I am going to pay for it. I also want to make sure that the 3,000 is going to cover my legs and arms. I would like to get started on it right away so I have to make a decision. I wish that I could pay for it at each visit. I have to call and see if that is an option. I have had 12 laser sessions at another place and it hasn't worked very well so I really don't want to pay the 3,000 up front and not have it work."
SUE L. - Chicago, IL
Customer Rating.... 4.8

"Jamie was exceptional in explaining everything to us (myself and my fiance) from beginning to end. Jamie is very caring and understanding. She influenced my decision to have this procedure done because she was thorough, knowledgeable and very patient. I had a million questions and she answered all of them!! I am looking forward to this procedure!"
CHERYL I. - Streamwood, IL
Customer Rating.... 4.2

"There wasn't any before and after pictures of African American people in the office. I wasn't enthused about needing 10 treatments before I got desirable results. I didn't like the fact that I would look worse before I looked better... something about the procedure uncovers the gunk underneath and it will be visible for a while until the treatments get pass that layer. I just was very disappointed that I wasted gas to go out there and find out it was going to take 10 treatments, I think that should be in the brochure and web site."
APRIL R. - Hampton, VA
Customer Rating.... 4.1

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