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What Is Microdermabrasion?

If you want healthy, bright, and youthful skin, then you must find aesthetic treatments that can regulate your cellular turnover to improve superficial aspects of your appearance. Fortunately, there are many aesthetic treatments that can be used to achieve your goals, such as microdermabrasion. Learn more about this treatment before you schedule your first appointment at Finesse Cosmetic Surgery in Waltham, MA.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a superficial exfoliation technique that uses a special instrument to gently scrape away skin cells on the surface of your skin. In particular, this exfoliation technique is ideal for removing dead skin cells that contribute to uneven texture, dryness, and pigmentation concerns. As a rejuvenation technique, this advanced exfoliation treatment can be used to gently improve your overall skin concerns.

Why Is Exfoliation Important?

Exfoliation is a crucial step of any skincare regimen. Exfoliating the skin regularly can reduce clogged pores, improve skin tone, and benefit the general health of your skin. Professional exfoliation is preferable since at-home exfoliation can create more pigmentation and textural concerns, especially if you are using skincare products with high percentages of active ingredients that can harm the moisture barrier of the skin.

Exfoliation is so important for the overall health of your skin because factors such as hormones, age, stress, and your environment can interfere with the natural cellular turnover of your skin. In general, the normal cellular turnover cycle is 28 to 40 days; however, many people have an inconsistent cellular turnover that can lead to skin concerns such as acne. With regular exfoliation, you can manage your skin condition.

What Can This Treatment Address?

An advanced exfoliation technique such as this one can address many superficial concerns you may have about your skin. For example, this treatment can gently resurface your skin to improve visible signs of aging, acne, scarring, and pigmentation on the face and body.


Age-related concerns generally refer to problems such as sun damage and textual concerns like fine lines. Both sun damage and fine lines can improve after a professional exfoliation because removing the upper layer of dead skin cells will lighten the appearance of pigmentation and soften the look of wrinkles.


This treatment can also be instrumental in controlling acne breakouts. Acne-prone skin is often burdened with concerns such as pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, excessive oiliness, and inflammation. By exfoliating your skin regularly, you can remove dead skin cells that contribute to congested pores, which will eventually help you reduce certain types of acne.


This treatment can also be used to improve the appearance of scarring, particularly shallow acne scars and stretch marks. Post-acne marks such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory erythema, and rolling scars can all improve with regular exfoliation. Stretch marks also improve after using this treatment because discolored skin is gently buffed away.

Can All Skin Types Use This Treatment?

This treatment is appropriate for all types of skin, including acne-prone skin, oily skin, dry skin, combination skin, and sensitive skin. The reason this treatment is so versatile is that it is a manual exfoliation technique that can be customized to match the needs of your skin type.

Importantly, this treatment can also be used to improve the overall health and appearance of rosacea skin types. Rosacea is a skin condition that may prevent many people from using certain aesthetic treatments, including chemical peels. However, this technique can be used by those who have rosacea without causing any additional inflammation of the skin.

What Can You Expect From Treatment?

Usually, your treatments can take about 30 minutes to complete if you are only treating the face, or an additional 30 minutes if you are also treating areas of the body to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. This treatment is very comfortable and does not involve any topical numbing creams to reduce skin sensitivity during the treatment.

During your exfoliation appointment, your skin will first be cleansed to prep the treatment area before the special exfoliation tool is used to sand the surface layer of skin cells. Following your facial, your skin may be soothed with moisturizing skincare products and sunscreen.

What Should You Do Before Treatment?

Before your facial, you should not use any retinoids for at least 24 to 72 hours, including any prescription retinol products you may have. You should also avoid self-tanning products, tanning beds, and sun tanning for at least one week to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.

If you have used other acidic treatments such as a chemical peel or dermal fillers, you must wait at least two weeks before you can have this treatment. You also must not have waxed the week before your appointment.

What Should You Do After Treatment?

After your treatment, you can maximize your results by keeping your skin clean and moisturized. It’s best to use gentle, oil-free cleansers and skincare products that do not contain alcohol to boost the recovery of your skin. This means you will not be able to use any AHAs, BHAs, or retinoids for at least two days.

You may want to use skincare products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients to soothe the skin. You must not scratch or pick at your skin for at least one week and you must also avoid any activities that can cause inflammation, such as using hot water or steam on the skin. It’s best to stay out of the sun for at least a week as well.

How Quickly Will You See Results?

Usually, you will be able to see immediate results after your treatment. Results will improve as new skin cells turn over and as you follow aftercare instructions that boost the overall radiance of your skin.

How Long Will Results Last?

The results of your treatment generally last for about one month. However, the longevity of these results may be influenced by your age since mature people have a slower cellular turnover. This means that if you are older, your results may last for closer to six weeks instead of four.

How Frequently Should You Have Treatments?

Most people schedule this exfoliation treatment once a month to maximize results. However, the frequency of your treatments may be determined by the skincare products you use at home, your aesthetic goals, and any other treatments you are using to enhance the appearance of your skin. For example, if you are also using dermal fillers, you may have this treatment less frequently to accommodate your filler top-up appointments.

What Are the Advantages of Microdermabrasion?

The advantages of using this exfoliation treatment to improve your skin tone and skin texture are numerous. For example, the treatment can be used by most people of any age and gender because the treatment can be customized to suit your skin type. This treatment can also be used on both the face and the body to address aesthetic concerns, making it an all-in-one treatment.

Safe and Painless Treatment

This treatment is safe for the skin and completely painless. Unlike some other treatments, microdermabrasion does not present any risk of skin damage from high-energy techniques or chemicals, which means you won’t need to worry about scarring even if you are prone to hyperpigmentation. Furthermore, this treatment is utterly painless, making it one of the most comfortable facials you can use to improve the tone and texture of your skin.

Better Product Absorption

Another advantage of this treatment is that it can help your skincare products work more effectively. Simply by regularly exfoliating your skin, you can help your skincare products penetrate deeper layers of your skin and improve product absorption, which means you get better performance out of your active skincare ingredients.

Can Pregnant People Use This Treatment?

Pregnant people can use this treatment. Among aesthetic treatments, there are very few treatments that can be used by pregnant people. However, this exfoliation treatment works only on the superficial layer of the skin, making it an ideal option for pregnant people to maintain their desired appearance.

Improve Your Skin Tone and Texture Quickly

One key to unlocking beautiful, evenly toned skin is to use regular exfoliation treatments to improve your overall skin health. A treatment such as microdermabrasion is ideal for most skin types and can be safely used by pregnant people. If you think this superficial exfoliation treatment is perfect for your skincare goals, reach out to the experts at Finesse Cosmetic Surgery in Waltham, MA to schedule your initial appointment today.