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Microdermabrasion is best used for enhanced delivery of topical actives including retinoic acid & alpha hydroxy acids. This procedure is relaxing & enjoyable; however we believe that there are more benefits from clinical strength peels.

Key Points

  • Microdermabrasion removes the top layer of skin cells & aids in cell turnover
  • This treatment is useful for treating milia
  • Microdermabrasion can brighten dull skin
  • It can temporarily improve pigmentation & improve skin luminosity
  • Though still practiced, there are more effective treatments
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Microdermabrasion at a glance

For: Delivery of topicals
Procedure time: 60 minutes
Duration of results: 3 weeks
Back to work: 4-10 sessions
Recovery: 0 days
Anesthetic: Nil
Your specialist: Therapist
How much: $

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What is microdermabrasion?

This is a relaxing, pampering treatment that removes the uppermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum.


Removing the upper layer of dead skin cells improves dull skin, aids in cell turnover, & enhances light transmission. 

Can this treatment improve acne scars?

Yes, but it is an optical illusion. How so? By removing the upper layers of skin, microdermabrasion enhances the light reflex. Reflection of more light results in the perception of cleaner skin with less shadows. 

Therefore you get an instant improvement of scars. This can also be replicated at home with physical & chemical exfoliation. 

Does microdermabrasion improve pigmentation?

Yes. It can improve melasma, sun damage, freckles & age-related superficial pigmentation. It does so by removing the top 3-6% of the upper layers of skin, the stratum corneum. 

This decreases dead skin cells & improves light reflection. Therefore it can treat dull skin

Does microdermabrasion treat wrinkles?

Exfoliation of the upper layers of skin can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, again by enhancing the bounce of light of the skin. It can provide marginal long-term stimulation of collagen after many treatments (in theory)

What is microdermabrasion good for?

This treatment is great for two things-


  1. Treatment / prevention of milia.


  1. Enhanced absorption of potent topicals including retinoic acid & alpha hydroxy acids. 


Milia can be due to many skin conditions, including occlusive moisturizers & most commonly, genetic predisposition. Regular microdermabrasion can reduce or prevent milia formation. 


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Dermaceutic All Things Pigment 21 Day Kit

The Cosmelan Peel is one of the fastest methods to clear up superficial melasma, but comes with a one week downtime.

What are similarly priced treatments with better outcomes?

Chemical peels & Hydrafacial treatments are in the same price point as microdermabrasion, however they offer much better clinical results. We select one of a dozen peels, based on your skin concerns & goals.

What types of peels are better than microdermabrasion?

Alpha hydroxy acid peels: can remove pigment & stimulate collagen production without downtime. They are gentle but will deliver better results with a ‘step up’ series. They cost $98 & range in concentrations from 20% to 70%.

Retinoid peels: are best for fine lines, wrinkles, pores, & acneic skin. This is a more powerful peel, with a downtime of 2-4 days. Cost $98

Salicylic acid peels: target acne. They are best for blackheads & congested skin. Downtime ranges from 1-4 days, they cost $98.

What is Hydrafacial?

Hydrafacial is essentially a newer version of microdermabrasion. It uses a vacuum to extract dead skin cells, & at the same time infuse molecules to unclog pores, re-hydrate the skin & stimulate collagen production. 


Hydrafacial has no downtime & takes 30-45 minutes to complete. 

What is the difference between microdermabrasion & dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion goes between 200-500 times deeper than microdermabrasion. Dermabrasion is done under sedation in an operating theatre using a diamond or wire fraise. Recovery from dermabrasion takes 3 to 6 weeks. 


Microdermabrasion is a play of words & a clever marketing term. Don’t get them confused.

What are other more effective & advanced treatments?

Lasers offer a greater advantage over microdermabrasion; they can be employed to target specific concerns. For example-


  • Pico lasers using Picoway & Picosure Pro can target pigmentation in all skin types. 
  • Fractional lasers stimulate collagen production to reliably remove wrinkles & improve skin texture.
  • Dermal toning lasers can safely & effectively treat melasma pigmentation
  • Ablative lasers can permanently remove scars

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