Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a procedure to smooth away small scars in the outermost layer of the skin. It is done by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. It is a quicker, easier, and less invasive treatment than dermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser resurfacing therapy.
With this technique, the face is gently buffed with a fine sandblaster that sprays tiny crystals across the face. A vacuum sucks up the crystals and dead skin. This stimulates new cell growth. The procedure usually takes less than an hour and leaves the skin only a bit red. Several treatments may be needed to get the best results.
This procedure has few, if any, side effects. It's generally safe and does not require any anesthetic.
Current as of:
February 5, 2016
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Keith A. Denkler, MD - Plastic Surgery
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
I Want To...
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.