After being used in Europe for years, microdermabrasion rapidly gained popularity in Houston and across the United States in the early 2000s. It remains a favorite as an easy nonsurgical way to smooth out imperfections and instantly improve the overall texture of your skin.

Many salons and day spas offer microdermabrasion procedures, but you should trust your treatment to our team of professional dermatologists. Our Greater Houston area patients know that our talented skincare team can create safe, beautiful results with no significant downtime required.

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What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is an anti-aging cosmetic procedure that exfoliates the face to improve skin texture. This specialized treatment gently buffs the face using light pressure and ultra-fine particles, smoothing superficial layers of skin. This result is a fresh, healthy looking skin surface with an improved appearance to both wrinkles and acne scars.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion can be used on most skin types and tones. Men and women often choose the procedure if they have fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, acne scars, or an uneven complexion.

Microdermabrasion is not appropriate for patients with sensitive or pigmented skin. Discuss your skin concerns with your dermatologist to find out if treatment is right for you.

What Happens During a Microdermabrasion Treatment?

Microdermabrasion is an in-office procedure performed by a skincare professional. Products such as anesthetics or numbing agents typically aren’t required. Your provider will use a handheld device to gently spray micro-fine particles onto the treatment area, sanding away the outermost layers of skin. At the end of the session, they will apply moisturizer and sunscreen to the area to soothe and protect your skin.

Microdermabrasion typically takes less than one hour to complete, and your results are instant. Skin will look silky and bright immediately after treatment.

Is Microdermabrasion Painful?

No, microdermabrasion isn’t an intense or painful procedure. Because it only addresses the surface layers of skin, any discomfort doesn’t penetrate deep into the skin. Your provider will maintain a light touch during treatment to keep you as comfortable as possible. If the treatment begins to feel unpleasant at any time, you can ask your provider to lighten the pressure of their handheld device.

What Is Microdermabrasion Recovery Like?

As a nonsurgical procedure, there is little to no downtime required after microdermabrasion. You can return to work or home and resume your daily activities immediately. Do not use harsh products such as acne medications or exfoliators for at least 1 day after treatment. Protect your skin by applying sunscreen frequently or wearing a large sun hat in the first few weeks following your procedure.

If you would like to learn more about microdermabrasion, request a consultation with one of our Houston area dermatologists. You can also contact our practice by phone at (713) 791-9966 to schedule an appointment at a location near you.