What to Expect During a Microdermabrasion Treatment

5 Microdermabrasion Treatment Questions Answered

Thinking of having a microdermabrasion treatment done? The answers to these five questions will help you know what to expect during a microdermabrasion treatment.

How long does a microdermabrasion treatment last?

The actual microdermabrasion procedure is quick -- it takes just 15 to 30 minutes.  This doesn’t include the cleansing of the face prior to and after the procedure. 

Many salons, day spas, and medi-spas incorporate microdermabrasion into a facial treatment.  In this case, you may spend 60 to 90 minutes in the treatment chair.

How much does microdermabrasion cost?

Depending on where you live and where you have your treatment done, expect to pay from $75 to upwards of $300 per treatment. 

Shop around -- the highest-priced treatment isn't necessarily the best, but bargain-basement-priced procedures should be looked into skeptically.

How many treatments will I need?

While your skin will feel smoother after just one treatment, you really need a series of treatments to see any positive effects. The results are cumulative.

Generally, six to 10 treatments are scheduled 7 to 14 days apart. The number and frequency of treatments varies depending on your skin’s needs and your skin care goals.

What does microdermabrasion feel like? Does it hurt?

Some people liken it to the rough lick of a cat's tongue. Others describe it as a gritty facial massage, or report feeling just minor tugging on the skin.

However it's described, you needn't worry. Because it works on just the surface layers of the skin, microdermabrasion isn't painful.

What can I expect after the treatment?

After a microdermabrasion treatment, your skin will be a bit pink. This usually fades within a few hours.

For a day or so afterwards, it might feel like you have a minor sunburn. Otherwise, you'll be able to go about your day right after your treatment without anyone any wiser about what you've had done.

Acne treatments, toners, medicated cleansers and the like will probably burn or sting if you apply them right after a microdermabrasion treatment. You may want to hold off using them for a day. Makeup, moisturizers, and non-medicated cleansers can usually be used right after a treatment with no problems.

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