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Key Points:
  • This is a type of skin rejuvenation that can either be a medical or cosmetic procedure depending upon how deeply the skin is penetrated
  • Instruments should be properly sterilized between patients

What is it?

Microdermabrasion is a type of skin rejuvenation procedure that uses a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer (epidermis). The procedure helps to thicken collagen, hoping to result in a younger looking complexion.

Note: Microdermabrasion is the less invasive form of dermabrasion, which uses surgical instruments to remove the affected skin layers and targets deeper imperfections such as acne scars.

Information on laser rejuvenation is available HERE.

Who can perform it?
It depends. If it's a cosmetic treatment, that is to say it only affects the outermost layer of the skin or the stratum corneum, then a licensed cosmetician or esthetician may perform the treatment. If it's a medical treatment, that is to say it penetrates to deeper levels of the epidermis, then it must be performed by a physician, or by a registered nurse (RN) or physician assistant (PA) under supervision. Treatments to remove scarring, blemishes, or wrinkles would be considered a medical treatment. Unlicensed personnel, including medical assistants, may not perform any type of microdermabrasion.

Determine if the procedure will be a cosmetic or medical treatment (depending on how deep the treatment goes) to ensure you select the appropriate provider.

Additional microdermabrasion risks include
  • Bruising, which can occur from the suction and may last several days.
  • Your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. Be sure to use sunscreen, especially immediately following a microdermabrasion session. Use any skin creams as directed by your provider.


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