Microdermabrasion for Acne Scars
Learn more about treatment options for acne scars
In microdermabrasion, a special machine applies tine rough particles to remove the uppermost layer of skin from acne scars. The procedure is painless and non-invasive.
- Relatively inexpensive
- Safe for all skin types and colors
- Does not change skin color
- Does not cause scarring
- Minimal recovery time
- Skin irritation
Microdermabrasion typically costs anywhere from a hundred to several hundred dollars, depending on the extent of treatment. Since most medical insurance companies consider microdermabrasion a cosmetic procedure, treatment usually isn't covered.
Preparing for the procedure
- Patients who have had chemical peels, neuromodulator injection therapy or other skin procedures should consult with their doctor before receiving microdermabrasion.
- Avoid exfoliating creams for one to three days prior to treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure prior to treatment.
- Avoid waxing prior to treatment.
- Cleanse face and neck with a non-oily, non-soap based cleanser before treatment.
What to expect after the procedure
Microdermabrasion recovery time is generally minimal. Patients should:
- Kep new skin clean and moisturized.
- Apply anti-inflammatory creams or cold compresses as needed.
- Use a gentle cleanser.
- Avoid scratching or picking new skin.
- Avoid sun exposure for at least seven days.
- Avoid glycolic, beta hydroxy, retinol, benzyl peroxide, and similar medications for one to two days following treatment.
- Avoid applying prescription retinoid products for three to seven days after treatment.
Patients receiving a series of treatments should not resumes prescription retinoids until after the final treatment.
Finding a doctor
Visit "Find a dermatologic surgeon" and choose "Microdermabrasion" from the dropdown menu. Because ASDS dermabrasion are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient's condition.