Everything You Need to Know About Microdermabrasion, According to a Doctor

If you're super into beauty and skincare like us, you've probably heard of microdermabrasion.

We know—it's a big word and can seem confusing—so, to avoid any misconceptions, we decided to speak with a professional. Dr. Peter Lee of WAVE Plastic Surgery was kind enough to answer all of our most pressing questions. Keep scrolling for our full interview with Dr. Peter Lee, where he tells us everything you need to know about microdermabrasion.

SH: What exactly is microdermabrasion? Why do people get it?

Dr. Peter Lee: Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure that uses mild abrasives and suction to gently remove the top layers of the skin. This promotes overall skin health as it encourages skin cell turnover, replacing old skin with fresh new skin. Tone and texture are improved and collagen production is stimulated. Conditions that can be treated include sun damage, fine wrinkles, mild scarring and pigmentation irregularities.


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SH: Who should get microdermabrasion? 

DPL: Most patients can benefit from microdermabrasion as it is a procedure that promotes overall skin health and benefits all skin types. Those seeking refreshment of the skin or deeper facial cleansing, such as those with mild to moderate acne can also benefit. Patients with difficult conditions such as eczema should consult a dermatologist before undertaking microdermabrasion.


SH: What are the pros of microdermabrasion?

DPL: Microdermabrasion promotes increased cell turnover, as old dead cells are replaced by newer skin cells. Debris is removed from pores, allowing the skin to breathe. Most patients report smoother skin and a brighter overall appearance.


SH: What are the cons of microdermabrasion?

DPL: There are not many cons to microdermabrasion, other than the fact results can be subtle. Multiple, regular treatments are required before you notice a difference.


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SH: What are the common ways to get microdermabrasion done?

DPL: Patients usually get microdermabrasion done by a licensed provider such as an aesthetician, aesthetic nurse or possibly a physician. Over the past few years, home devices have appeared on the market, and they probably provide similar benefits.


SH: How often do people get microdermabrasion done?

DPL: Although patients will notice beneficial effects from just a single treatment, regular treatments will result in long-term improvement. Monthly treatments are recommended along with other skin health measures such as application of sunblock and moisturizers.


SH: Is there anything else we should know about microdermabrasion?

DPL: While individual microdermabrasion provides subtle results, the cumulative benefits over time result in more substantial, long-lasting benefits.


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