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    Part of a progressive medical subspecialty, ASDS member dermatologists perform medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.

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    From forehead furrows to frown lines…

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    3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year

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    From excess fat to wrinkles…

    Offering a range of office-based cosmetic procedures, ASDS member dermatologists can select the appropriate treatment choice to meet your individual goals.

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Microdermabrasion for Aging Skin

In microdermabrasion therapy, a special machine applies tiny rough particles to the face, chest or hands to remove the uppermost layer of dead skin. The procedure is painless and non-invasive. 

Why choose microdermabrasion for aging skin

  • Relatively inexpensive yet effective for treating superficial skin issues. 
  • Safe for all skin types and colors. 
  • Does not change skin color. 
  • Does not cause scarring. 
  • Minimal recovery time. 

Possible risks

  • Infection 
  • Skin irritation 

Estimated cost

The average cost for microdermabrasion therapy is about $115 per session. Since most medical insurance companies consider microdermabrasion a cosmetic procedure, it usually is not covered. 

How to prepare 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: 

  • Keep 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 resume prescription retinoids until after the final treatment. 

Find a doctor for your microdermabrasion treatment

Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Microdermabrasion” from the dropdown menu. Because ASDS dermatologists 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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