Microdermabrasion is most commonly used to treat acne and improve skin texture. It works by exfoliating the upper layers of the skin. This procedure has now been largely replaced with microlaser peeling and chemical peeling techniques but is still preferred by some patients.


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  • Microdermabrasion treats acne (blackheads and whiteheads) and improves skin texture.
  • Several treatments are needed for optimal results
  • Each treatment takes up to 70 minutes to perform
  • Microdermabrasion has largely been replaced by fractional laser, microlaser peel and chemical peel techniques

Microdermabrasion exfoliates the top layers of your skin, removing dead skin cells. This is classed as a extremely superficial treatment but can also be a useful method of treating acne that is prone to blackheads. Microdermabrasion also improves skin texture. For consistent results microdermabrasion should be repeated at frequent intervals.

The procedure is performed using a vacuum extractor that brings the skin in contact with a diamond-coated head that abrades the surface tissue. This head is passed over the treatment area several times. Older machines use microdermabrasion crystals to achieve the same result.

Microdermabrasion is used at Cutis Clinic for two skin conditions, often in combination with other treatments or as a preparatory treatment. The two most common conditions for which our patients request microdermabrasion treatment are:

  • Acne – comedomal acne (blackheads and whiteheads)
  • Very mild photodamage – with slight changes to skin texture

Microdermabrasion was been the preferred skin-refining treatment for over a quarter of a century; whilst we acknowledge what these devices have achieved in the treatment of mild skin disorders, we now have innovative, more effective treatments that provide better results and lower downtime.

Cutis Clinic offers chemical peels, fractional laser treatment and microlaser peeling as alternatives to microdermabrasion.

Chemical peels

… such as AHA glycolic acid peels are more cost effective, quicker to perform and more effective than the most recent diamond head microdermabrasion technology. The use of different concentrations of chemical peels  also allows a personalised prescription for individual patient needs.

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Microlaser peels

… provide even more control compared to both microdermabrasion and chemical peels. The exact depth of the peel can be achieved with laser beams that give the dermatologist the absolute control he or she needs to produce excellent clinical results.

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Fractional laser

… induces thousands of micro-punctures whilst leaving the surrounding tissues intact. The presence of healthy tissue provides the ingredients that allow your skin to heal much more quickly. Fractionation stimulates collagen production, at the same time vaporizing superficial and deep areas of hyperpigmentation. This technique promotes the skin’s healing process to create new, tighter tissue with improved texture.

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Chemical peels 15 min 4-6 Hours +++ +
Microlaser peeling 15 min 2-4 24-36 hrs ++++ ++
Microdermabrasion 70 min 6-8 12 hrs + Nil

Skin treatments can be confusing when advise is given freely at cosmetic clinics, beauty therapists and beauty product retailers. Laser trained procedural dermatologists are best equipped with both expertise and the latest technology to give optimal results to our patients. At Cutis Clinic, all patients are assessed by our highly qualified dermatologists, so you can be sure that you are in experienced and safe hands.

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Microdermabrasion has its place in the treatment of mild forms of acne and the improvement of skin texture. However, microdermabrasion devices have now been replaced with chemical peels, fractional laser and microlaser peeling techniques due to their far superior results. Chemical peels are more cost effective and treatment is complete within 10-15 minutes. Fractional and microlaser peels take treatments to a much higher (or should we say deeper) level. These newer treatments mean that patients can expect to see a dramatic improvement in skin texture and tone of the skin with minimum downtime.