EXPERT Q&A

Q: What does microdermabrasion do?

What our experts say:

Historically dermabrasion was the way we would remove the top layers of skin and it was very barbaric, but 35 years ago that was it. Microdermabrasion was invented so we could reduce the pain associated with that treatment and only remove the very top superficial layers of skin. Today, patients can find a lot of exfoliating agent over the counter to do their own microdermabrasion at home. It’s a nice way to get a good glow for the skin. If you’re doing it lightly, you can theoretically exfoliate every day. We offer a daily exfoliator in our Simply b, MD line of products. Microderm is a little deeper and you should wait three-four weeks between treatments.

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Dr. Tami Buss Cassis

Dermatologist

Prospect, Kentucky

Microdermabrasion is a wonderful method of toning the surface of the skin.  It also enhances new collagen formation under the skin, although how that happens is something of a mystery, but there is no question that multiple microdermabrasions are highly beneficial for the skin’s surface, help with wrinkles, irregular pigmentation and acne scars.

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Dr. Bernard Raskin

Dermatologist

Valencia, California

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