How Long Does a Microdermabrasion Session Take?

I had microdermabrasion (for acne scaring, oily skin, and clogged pores) for the first time. To my suprise, the microdermabrasion portion only lasted about 5 minutes, and the "facial" for the rest of the hour. Is that normal? How long does it usually take?

Doctor Answers (3)

Microdermabrasion 30 to 45 minutes


At our facility your appointment for a microdermabrasion is scheduled for one hour. The microdermabrasion is only part of the treatment. After sanding with the microdermabrasion the esthetician then uses the remainder of your session  for a facial with cleansing .

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Microdermabrasion lasts 20 to 45 minutes


The larger areas will take a little longer. Vibraderm is an innovative new form of microdermabrasion that allows gently and efficiently covering larger areas such as the face, neck, even decollete and arms in a relatively short time.

Christopher J. Peers, MD
South Bend Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

From 5 to 30 minutes


A microdermabrasion treatment normally takes about 20-25 minutes. This can vary depending on the type of skin (sensitive vs. oily). Some add the neck and chest as well. A mask may be applied at the end. If done in conjunction with a facial it may have a reduction in time in order to accomplish everything. 5 minutes sounds awfully quick.

Janet M. Neigel, MD
West Orange Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

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