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Microdermabrasion for Acne Scars


Treatment Options


In microdermabrasion, a special machine applies tiny rough particles to remove the uppermost layer of skin from acne scars. The procedure is painless and non-invasive. 


  • Non-invasive
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Safe for all skin types and colors
  • Does not change skin color
  • Does not cause scarring
  • Minimal recovery time


  • Infection
  • Skin irritation

Estimated Cost

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.


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