Is it Worth it to Have Microdermabrasion?
When you’re considering any elective medical procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have an elective procedure is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having microdermabrasion.
Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that uses a wire brush, diamond-tipped burr, or special blade to scrape away the surface layer of the skin, in order to make the skin more smooth and even. Microdermabrasion is a less-invasive form of dermabrasion that uses a sandblaster-like tool or a smaller diamond-tipped tool, and is intended to treat more superficial skin problems, such as fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, age spots, acne scars or other scars, and other similar problems. For more on what it’s like to have microdermabrasion, please see Microdermabrasion: the Procedure and Recovery.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential elective procedure with your own doctor(s), including your primary care physician and the provider who will perform your procedure if you decide to proceed.
Any treatment has risks, and it’s important to be aware of them so that you can weigh them against the benefits. Any time the surface of the skin is breached, there’s the risk of infection. This could lead to an aesthetic outcome that’s not ideal, and would require you to take antibiotics. There’s also a risk that there will be scarring around the treated area; although this is rare, it would be permanent. This risk is reduced by choosing a provider who’s knowledgable and experienced in performing microdermabrasion.
Additionally, the treated skin will become red and swollen, and will peel a few days after the treatment. For some people, the redness can take up to a year to disappear. (It can safely be covered with makeup after a few days.) The swelling may interfere with vision if it’s near the eye area; in this case, your doctor might prescribe medication to reduce the swelling.
For those with skin problems, microdermabrasion can offer a relatively permanent solution. Often, people have been spending money and time on face creams, topical treatments, and makeup, all of which often doesn’t make much of a difference. Microdermabrasion can allow people to get this time and money back. This treatment is also focused on a particular area, which can make it a better choice than a chemical peel or facelift for certain types of skin problems that are confined to one area. It avoids potential damage to regions of skin that aren’t affected by the problem.
Microdermabrasion also leads to increased collagen production in the treated skin. Because collagen is the protein that gives skin its firmness, microdermabrasion can firm and tone the skin, leading to a younger-looking complexion.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost to have microdermabrasion is $148. This cost varies according to several factors, including the size of the area where microdermabrasion will be performed, the region, and the particular clinic. You should check with the provider(s) you’re considering to determine the exact cost. Keep in mind that financing is often available. For more detail, visit our Microdermabrasion Cost page.