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Microdermabrasion Costs*

A single microdermabrasion cost usually ranges from $100 - $200, though you may get a discount for a series of treatments.

Most plastic surgeons and surgical clinics offer flexible microdermabrasion financing and payment options, some of which allow staggered payments or loans from VARIOUS FINANCING COMPANIES. If you are thinking about having a microdermabrasion treatment but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Am I a candidate for microdermabrasion?

You may be a good candidate for microdermabrasion if you are in good emotional and physical health, have realistic expectations and have:

  1. Sun damaged skin
  2. Age spots
  3. Dark pigmentation
  4. Small scars
  5. Surface acne
  6. Enlarged pores
You may not be a suitable candidate if you have:
  1. Active keloids
  2. Undiagnosed lesions
  3. Recent herpes outbreaks
  4. Warts, active
  5. Active acne
  6. Active rosacea
  7. Unstable diabetes
  8. Auto-immune system disorders.
Microdermabrasion is not a cure for heavily-damaged skin.


What is a microdermabrasion Procedure?

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic medical procedure that removes the uppermost layer of dead skin cells from the face, chest and hands by mechanical abrasion.

Microdermabrasion diminishes sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, and coarse textured skin. Microdermabrasion treatment takes about 20-30 minutes and is sometimes called a "lunchtime peel” because there is little or no recovery time. It can greatly reduce the appearance of blemishes, whiteheads and blackheads, as well as reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, for a more youthful appearance.

Microdermabrasion uses a powerful device to spray microcrystals of very fine, hard sand-like aluminum dioxide across the skin’s surface which blasts away the uppermost layer of dead skin cells on the skin's epidermis, exposing the skin beneath and promoting the growth of new, fresh skin and stimulating the production of collagen.

Microdermabrasion can be uncomfortable, but is not normally painful. It is usually performed in a dermatologist’s or doctor’s office and can be performed on the face neck, chest, back and hands. Your microdermabrasion doctor may recommend a series of four to six treatments for best results, with healing time in between.

Preparing for microdermabrasion

The microdermabrasion doctor will discuss your medical history and examine your facial skin. You may also be given specific instructions regarding the care and treatment of your skin during the series of microdermabrasion procedures. Notify your doctor of any medicines or skin care products that you use or have used in the past month, and if you have any chronic skin conditions such as eczema. Avoid getting sunburn prior to treatment.


Microdermabrasion Procedure Steps

Step 1 – Preparing the skin

  1. The skin to be treated is cleansed, no anesthesia is necessary.
Step 2 – The treatment
  1. The microdermabrasion machine gently exfoliates your skin with a precise stream of crystals directed onto the skin’s surface using a handpiece. The machine’s pressure will be adjusted for your comfort. The sloughed off skin cells and left-over crystals are then suctioned off to reveal a fresh, new skin surface.
Step 3 – The results
  1. The benefit from your microdermabrasion treatment is usually immediately obvious. However, optimal results will not be visible until all the recommended treatments have been completed. Rehydrating skin products will be applied to your skin prior to leaving the treatment office.


Microdermabrasion Recovery and Healing Steps

There is virtually no microdermabrasion recovery time, and you can return to work and your normal activities immediately.

You will probably experience some redness on your skin after the microdermabrasion treatment, though this only lasts a few hours. Your skin may also feel slightly sun burnt or wind burnt, and moisturizer will help to ease this.

Use a high factor sunscreen whenever you go out, and avoid direct sun for seven days after microdermabrasion treatment. Don’t have any further skin treatments for at least three days after microdermabrasion, including facial peels and exfoliators.

You should also avoid applying foundation to the skin for 24 hours, though eye make up and lipstick may be safely applied immediately.

Microdermabrasion Side Effects and Risks

Microdermabrasion side effects may include:

  1. Redness
  2. Sun burnt or wind burnt feeling
Microdermabrasion risks and complications are uncommon, but if the microdermabrasion machine is used at too high a power, it may cause:
  1. Hyperpigmentation
  2. Perforation
  3. Bleeding
  4. Infection


Questions to Ask a Surgeon about a microdermabrasion procedure

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about microdermabrasion. Here is an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for microdermabrasion?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the microdermabrasion performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing microdermabrasion?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any microdermabrasion before and after photographs of recent procedures?
  9. What percentages of your microdermabrasion patients have had significant post-treatment complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  10. How much will my microdermabrasion cost?
  11. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  12. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  13. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have a treatment if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  14. What is the recovery and healing period for microdermabrasion? When can I resume full normal activity?
  15. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  16. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)


Skin Rejuvenation Checklist

Skin Rejuvenation Checklist

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about Microdermabrasion procedures; click here for an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself skin specialist.

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