Microdermabrasion: What’s It All About?

Dr. Carolyn Houss, DO

Saving Face, LLC

Microdermabrasion is a simple, non-surgical procedure that uses a highly controlled spray of fine crystals to remove the outer layer of skin revealing younger, more radiant and soft skin. Crystals can be made of medical grade baking soda, aluminum and other materials. Medical grade baking soda is excellent for skin that is sun damaged, acne prone, or skin with Rosacea as it has an antibacterial effect. Aluminum crystals are somewhat sharper crystals, therefore the client receiving the procedure may feel that the cleansing effect goes deeper, but that is not so! There has been some literature about the inhalation of the aluminum particles not being as safe as baking soda but to date, no strong evidence either way. Both types of crystals are used locally. The process itself removes dead cells from the top layer of your skin, by showering the skin with a carefully controlled jet-stream of medical grade crystals. The crystals pelt the face and are gently suctioned away, removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells. This procedure aids in the production of new skin cell layers. After the treatment your skin is left deeply cleansed, smooth and pre-teen pink. It is also an excellent acne treatment because the crystals help extract oil from the skin better than a loofah. You can return to work immediately after the session. There is no “down time”. The pores of the face and neck feel and become incredibly clean, hindering any future breakouts or lightening sunspots and diminishing sun damage. It can also stimulate collagen growth. Microdermabrasion smoothes out the overall appearance of your skin and leaves a more youthful and radiant glow.

It has been proven effective for:

  • Dry or Oily Skin
  • Fine lines and Wrinkles
  • Sun-damaged Skin, Keratosis
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Blotchy Skin
  • Acne Prone Skin
  • Blackhead Removal
  • Scar Tissue Reduction

The type of machine (physician vs. spa dermabrasion machine) is far less important than the gently touch of the operator. You want someone who understands your skin as treatment depth can vary depending on the operator. Physician’s equipment is permitted by the FDA to penetrate more deeply and effectively, compared to a day spa treatment.

Consults should be free and should identify your skin concerns and goals so that a treatment program can be outlined to achieve the results you want. Prices vary greatly from $70 to well over $200 depending on where you are in the county and if the procedure is supervised by a physician or is done in a day spa. Usually the best costs and skin results will be achieved by a purchasing a package of 5 or 6 treatments. They can be spaced from 1-3 weeks apart. Packages should also be a money saver.