Skin resurfacing treatments

Microdermabrasion, commonly abbreviated simply as "microderm," is a skin resurfacing treatment that is available on an outpatient basis at day spas and cosmetic medicine clinics. You can also get a home microdermabrasion kit, if you have modest skin rejuvenation needs, for use in the privacy of your own home.

The Cost of Microdermabrasion Treatment

A microderm treatment is usually priced according to the area to be treated; since full results cannot typically be achieved during a single session, the service provider may offer you the option of purchasing a package that offers you a discount on the single-session rate. Single sessions typically cost anywhere from $90 to $200, depending on the area to be covered; a package of six sessions may run anywhere from $500 to $1,000.

You can save some money by performing microdermabrasion at home, if you don't need intensive therapy. Home kits containing microdermabrasion products cost around $100, and are available through online retailers, pharmacies, and skin care spas and stores. They typically come with microdermabrasion cream, a microdermabrasion cloth, an applicator and a selection of post-procedural skin care treatments. The DermaNew microdermabrasion system is an example of a popular and trusted home-use kit.

Patient Evaluation

If you have lesions, scars, acne or stretch marks on your skin, microdermabrasion may be the answer. However, if you've taken a medication such as Accutane to treat your acne, you should not get a microderm treatment for at least 12 months following cessation of the drug.

Understanding the Microderm Procedure

Wands with abrasive surfaces have replaced the crystal-based microdermabrasion equipment of yesteryear. During the procedure, a clinician or doctor passes the wand over the affected area, which sands and polishes the skin to erase blemishes. Performed properly, it is not painful and does not require the use of a local anesthetic.

When using a home microdermabrasion kit, it's essential that you apply only gentle pressure, especially if you have sensitive skin. Follow all provided directions closely, and consult a physician promptly if you experience any unexpected side effects such as swelling, bruising or bleeding.

Risks Associated with Microdermabrasion Treatments

Risks are minimal when the procedure is performed by a licensed, trained technician. Most of the risks are associated with unhygienic conditions or improper use of a microdermabrasion machine, neither of which should happen in a clinical setting. However, skin injuries and infections can result from misapplication.

Recovering from Microdermabrasion

Your recovery should be speedy, and you shouldn't need any time off work or other commitments. Under most circumstances, you won't experience any undo discomfort if you apply the proper level of pressure and use a quality moisturizer after the skin treatment is complete.