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Procedure Description: Microdermabrasion is a popular skin treatment that may improve signs of aging and sun exposure. It's a non-invasive procedure for the skin on your face, neck, or arms, with virtually no recovery time.

While microdermabrasion is most effective for patients in the early stages of aging, teens have also benefited from this technique. Microdermabrasion can reduce mild acne scarring and hyperpigmentation, and improve the appearance of poorly textured skin, fine lines, and large or clogged pores. The procedure is considered effective for both dark- and light-skinned patients.

During the microdermabrasion treatment, your practitioner presses a device against your skin, which causes a gentle abrasion through a fine crystal spray that breaks up dead skin and other imperfections. There are many materials that may be used, including aluminum oxide crystals, sodium bi carbonate crystals, diamond-tipped crystals, or salt crystals.

Manufacturers have also developed technology that does not require the use of crystals. In this case, a vacuum-type device removes the dead skin. The treatment works much like an exfoliation with vacuum action that removes imperfections, buffs the skin, enhances skin texture, and improves circulation and lymph flow. The treatment does not cause discomfort or skin laceration.

Length of Procedure: Treatments last about 20 to 30 minutes if only the face is being treated, and can last up to one hour if the neck and upper chest are included.

Recovery: Your face may be slightly red for an hour after treatment. If redness appears for a longer time, contact your treatment provider immediately.

Risks: Almost all patients experience no complications associated with these types of treatments. With the more powerful, medical grade machines, there is a slight possibility of hyperpigmentation or bleeding, and if the machine is improperly sterilized, there is a risk of infection.

Results: Multiple treatments may be required in order to achieve the results you're looking for. You'll need a daily skincare regimen and follow-up treatments to maintain the benefits.

Estimated Cost: The cost of microdermabrasion can range from $75 to $200 per treatment. You may need up to six or more treatments. Skincare maintenance packages may be offered as well.

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