Written by Serena Berger
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Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure in which a special instrument removes skin surface irregularities by abrading the outer layer of skin. It is a serious form of surgery which has a lengthy recovery time. Many patients who would like to see results but can't or don't want to spare the time or take the greater risks of having dermabrasion done turn to microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is a milder procedure which freshens the skin and helps repair sun damage and the effects of aging. While dermabrasion uses a rough wire or tiny diamonds for powerful abrading, microdermabrasion uses a device which has been described as a fine sandblaster to spray tiny crystals across the skin and then gently abrade, removing the dead skin cells with suction as they are scraped off. There is no recovery time and no pain--an hour of redness after the procedure is typically the extent of it.

What Can Be Done with Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion has shown highly satisfactory results for patients who are concerned with early signs of aging and sun damage. It is viable for individuals with darker skin, unlike many procedures which are only advisable for those with light skin. Furthermore, it can be used on the neck, arms, and hands as well as the face. All of these areas are particularly vulnerable to sun damage and environmental stresses which are treatable by microdermabrasion.

Doctors also recommend microdermabrasion to contract enlarged pores. It can also be successful at treating acne, as it can uncover clogged pores and use suction to get out the oil and debris which cause blemishes. Mild pigment irregularities, small scars, and even fine lines can all be treated with this easy and noninvasive procedure, as well.

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