Sometimes, your skin needs just a bit more of a refresher than you can give it at home. Professional skin treatments are a great option for nurturing your face and giving it the maintenance that will help it remain youthful and smooth. Many professional treatments are focused on anti-aging and specific skin problems, but there are milder treatments available for people who are simply looking to achieve smoother and healthier appearance, or to prepare the skin for more rigorous procedures down the road. Microdermabrasion is the perfect solution for people who are interested in minimally invasive skin refreshment.

What is Microdermabrasion?

At Emory Aesthetic Center, we use the DiamondTome™ Skin Resurfacing System to administer microdermabrasion treatments. At its core, microdermabrasion is a procedure that deeply exfoliates the skin using gentle abrasion. A hand piece is used to abrade and gently sweep away dead skin cells and imperfections for smoother, healthier skin. The procedure helps to remove impurities, kick-start essential rejuvenating processes such as collagen production and new skin cell formation, and stimulate circulation. Microdermabrasion does not affect the skin beneath the most superficial layer of skin. In addition to refreshing and preparing the skin, microdermabrasion can help treat:

  • Dull, rough skin
  • Uneven skin
  • Clogged pores
  • Mild fine lines

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Microdermabrasion vs. Dermabrasion

Microdermabrasion and dermabrasion are completely different procedures, and share very few similarities. Microdermabrasion is a light and refreshing spa treatment, while dermabrasion is an aggressive surgical procedure that essentially "sands" the surface of the face. Since it is so invasive, dermabrasion is rarely performed in modern clinics, but microdermabrasion has become an extremely popular treatment.

Microdermabrasion Consultation

There are so many different cosmetic skin treatments available that it is important to meet with one of our experienced cosmetic surgeons or licensed aestheticians in Atlanta for a personalized consultation. If you are interested in microdermabrasion, our experts will evaluate your skin and explain the kind of improvement you can expect from a microdermabrasion treatment. If our specialists believe that your needs will be better served by a different treatment or a combination of procedures, they will give specific advice on options that will help you reach your goals.

Use this time as an opportunity to learn more about your skin and the kind of improvement you could see from skin treatments. Our team will be happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.

*Spa services are not covered by insurance.

Microdermabrasion Candidate

Microdermabrasion is considered safe, and appropriate for many different skin types. However, it is not the right procedure for every person seeking skin rejuvenation. During your consultation, our experts will evaluate your candidacy for the procedure and explain their evaluation. Some people simply want more dramatic results than microdermabrasion can offer, or are more interested in anti-aging than in skin refreshment.

Candidates for microdermabrasion should not have current acne breakouts, eczema, or dermatitis, skin cancer, active cold sores, or taking blood thinners. Only you and your provider can determine your individual candidacy for cosmetic skin treatments.

Microdermabrasion Procedure

Microdermabrasion is a gentle procedure, and does not require anesthesia during the treatment. A licensed aesthetician will use a specialized hand piece to polish and gently exfoliate the skin, removing dull and dead skin. Most people will need to repeat the treatment process several times, two to three weeks apart, in order to see satisfactory results. Once the desired results are achieved, periodic touch-ups are recommended to maintain results.

Microdermabrasion Recovery

Since microdermabrasion treatments are non-invasive, there is no downtime associated with the procedure. Patients can immediately return to work or other normal activities, and do not need to refrain from exercise or other strenuous activities. A few hours after treatment, patients may use makeup to cover any redness caused by the procedure. This should subside quickly, typically within a few hours.

Microdermabrasion FAQs

Some microdermabrasion systems use aluminum oxide crystals that are used to exfoliate the skin. At Emory Aesthetic Center, we use the DiamondTome™ Skin Resurfacing System, which does not use crystals, but instead relies on diamond chips on a wand to gently exfoliate the skin and vacuum away dead and damaged skin cells. This avoids the mess of crystals and delivers more precise, even results.

Home microdermabrasion kits are available, but they are much less effective than professional treatments and are usually not worth the money. It is safer to leave these treatments to a professional, and you will be able to get much better results than with a home kit. While DIY kits may seem like a bargain, the hassle and inferior results do not make them a good choice.

Absolutely; many people choose to combine treatments for more comprehensive rejuvenation, particularly minimally-invasive treatments. Some treatments you may need to space out for best results, but your provider will go over all the details with you before you create a treatment plan.

Microdermabrasion treatment sessions at Emory Aesthetic Center generally last from 30-60 minutes, leaving patients with plenty of time left in the day. Some people even undergo treatment on their lunch break.

It depends. Some people need just a few sessions to see satisfactory results, while others will need additional treatments. If you are not seeing much improvement after a few sessions, your provider might suggest alternate treatments to help you reach your goals.

As a non-invasive procedure, microdermabrasion involves little to no pain or discomfort. Some patients feel some irritation and stinging during the procedure, but most people do not find the procedure particularly uncomfortable.

As with all skin treatments, it is important to protect your skin from sun exposure after treatment. This is to prevent skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation) and to help preserve the results of the treatment. Sun exposure is dangerous to your skin, and you should be protecting it with sunscreen and protective clothing and accessories at all time, but especially in the weeks following professional skin rejuvenation treatments.

Microdermabrasion is a gentle skin refresher, and while it can improve some minor signs of aging, it is not an effective treatment for wrinkles and sagging skin. This is because the procedure only affects the top layer of skin, and not the deeper tissues.

Yes. Microdermabrasion is a gentle and safe procedure for healthy patients that are good candidates. It involves no downtime, very few side effects, and is safe for all skin types.