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Microdermabrasion FAQ's

Prior to your first treatment, a thorough skin analysis will be performed. If microdermabrasion is not appropriate, you will be informed during this session and an alternative treatment may be recommended instead. If microdermabrasion is for you, maximum results are obtained by participating in a series of treatments plus following a home care regimen.


As your Esthetician, I take every precaution to ensure that your skin is well hydrated and calm prior to leaving each session. Always check with me if you have any concerns after the treatment. More sensitive skin may experience some redness after the first couple sessions. This normally goes away after 2 to 3 hours. 

Is satisfaction guaranteed?

The majority of my clients receive satisfactory to above average results with a series of treatments. Maximum results are highly dependent on your age, cumulative sun exposure, health, menopause, lifestyle, genetic traits, general skin condition, and your willingness to follow recommended protocols.


Be aware that many changes may occur deeper within the skin over time. I find that when participating in a series of treatments, along with a commitment to your daily skin care regimen, noticeable differences may indeed be the outcome.

Does it hurt?

The procedure has very little discomfort associated with it and most individuals are able to easily tolerate this for the short duration of the treatment. You may have a sunburn-type sensation in the treatment area for several hours afterwards.

How will my skin be effected immediately after?

Most people will experience a temporary warmth and redness. Tightness, sensitivity, and slight edema (swelling) may occur. Acne and other skin conditions may temporarily worsen. Dry and flaky areas may develop about 3-4 days post treatment. All these side effects should completely resolve themselves within a few hours to several days following treatment. 

It is extremely important to follow pre and post instructions to reduce the likelihood or severity of any skin changes


What are the Contraindications?

Although it is impossible to list every potential risk and complication, the following conditions are recognized as contraindications for microdermabrasion treatment and must be disclosed prior to treatment:


  • Active infection of any type, such as Herpes simplex virus or flat warts.

  • Active acne

  • Sunburn

  • Recent use of topical agents such as glycolic acids, alpha hydroxy acids and Retin-A

  • Any recent chemical peel procedure

  • Uncontrolled diabetes

  • Skin cancer

  • Vascular lesions

  • Oral blood thinner medications

  • Rosacea

  • Pregnancy

  • Use of Acutane within the last year

  • Family history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation

  • Telangiectasia/erythema may be worsened or brought out by skin exfoliation


Microdermabrasion may cause a flare up of the Herpes Simplex virus in patients prone to cold sores. See a physician regarding a preventative anti-viral prescription if you are prone to Herpetic outbreaks (cold sores/fever blisters.) Take the anti-viral medication 4 days prior & 4 days after to avoid such flare ups.


Microdermabrasion is not recommended if you are currently taking or have taken Accutane in the past 12 months.


If you have any of the following conditions in the area you are considering having treated, you should NOT undergo Microdermabrasion:

  • Impetigo

  • Inflamed eczema

  • Active inflamed Herpes simplex (also known as cold sores or fever blisters)

  • Undiagnosed skin lesions

  • Sunburn

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