Microdermabrasion for Wrinkles

In microdermabrasion, a special machine applies tiny rough particles to remove the uppermost layer of skin. The procedure is painless and non-invasive. Multiple sessions may be required in some cases.

What you should know

Microdermabrasion uses a combination of a spray tip and a vacuum to plane the upper level of skin with fine abrasive crystals. The procedure is painless, and typically no anesthetics are required. A typical session can last from five to 60 minutes. Recovery time and side effects are minimal.

Why choose microdermabrasion for wrinkles?

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

What to expect after the procedure

  • 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.

How to prepare for the procedure

Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Other concerns:

  • 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.

Possible Risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Infection
  • Skin irritation