How long does the result of the microdermabrasion last? Does the skin go back to the way it was beforehand?

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Microdermabrasion Results

Lasting effects are dependent on proper skin care.  Additional treatments will renew your youthful appearance.  A series of six treatments over a few months is recommended for best results, followed by regular maintenance treatments.


Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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How long does the result of the microdermabrasion last? Does the skin go back to the way it was beforehand?

Thank you for your question. Consulting with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is the best place to start when considering any corrective skin treatments. They can examine and evaluate your issues and concerns to provide you with the best treatment plan in order to achieve your goals. They employ knowledgeable, experienced staff and can provide a wide variety of treatments to choose from. Education is given on treatment options, after care and results to expect.

Microdermabrasion has become very popular

Microdermabrasion has become very popular over the past decade as a way to exfoliate your skin and to
treat very mild skin concerns, anything from acne to mild photodamage. The procedure is performed by
aestheticians for the most part that can do a wonderful job with this to introduce you to the world of
aesthetic procedures. We use them in our medical spa on a daily basis and when combined with a proper
skin care routine, can really improve the texture and tone of your skin. The results need to be maintained
and if you do nothing following a microdermabrasion treatment, then you are going to revert back to
where you were over time, which would be a shame if you started the care and then did not follow
through.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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Microdermabrasion results

Microdermabrasion is effective for treating superficial skin conditions such as early photo aging, fine lines, and superficial scarring. The overall quality of your skin should improve over time after a series of treatments.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
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Microdermabrasion

Everyone's skin can use a little "boost" from time to time to get it looking fresher, clearer, and more radiant. Microdermabrasions reveal your skin's natural healthy appearance by removing dead and/or damaged skin cells.This procedure uses mechanical exfoliation combined with adjustable vacuum pressure to clear away dead skin and improve circulation. A series of 6 treatments is usually recommended to restore your skin's beautiful glow.

Jeremy A. Benedetti, MD
Saint Petersburg Plastic Surgeon
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How long does Microdermabrasion last?

Microdermabrasion is simply a more aggressive exfoliation process. This is a great treatment to add to a facial because it helps get rid of the old dead skin cells that our body doesn't turn over quick enough. This can happen for many reasons. eventually your skin will need another treatment. It is safe to do microdermabrasion monthly

Grant W. Heinz, MD
Gilbert Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Microdermabrasion Effects Often Subtle & Typically Short-Lived

It hardly came as a surprise to me that among individuals taking part in a consumer satisfaction survey done in 2013, microdermabrasion received the lowest satisfaction rating with only 23% of respondents expressing satisfaction with this form of treatment.

Microdermabrasion, regardless of whether crystals or diamond wands, etc are used, is essentially what was once called epidermabrasion  is i.e. a procedure intended to remove the most superficial layers of the skin, mostly the dead skin layer of the stratum corneum. Doing so can promote a temporarily smoother, more glowing appearance.  Actually, a similar result can be obtained more simply and cheaply by the regular aggressive use of a Buf Puf, Loofah, or even a rough wash cloth  The results of microdermabrasion to answer your question are typically quite short-lived, as one might expect from a procedure that doesn't significantly affect the living, deeper layers of the skin.

There is no information from your question that explains your objectives with microdermabrasion. If you have pretty normal skin (nothing particularly wrong with it) and your objective is limited to temporarily making your skin more glowing and radiant  or you are simply looking for and willing to pay for a pampering, spa-like experience, then there is little harm in doing so. But if there are specific problems, such as lines, wrinkles, folds, acne scars, blotchy pigmentation, I would suggest that your money and time would be better spent with a consultation with a board certified aesthetic core physician who is more likely to be able to tailor an at-home and in-office treatment plan for your particular needs with the potential for more profound and longer-lasting cosmetic improvements than can be achieved with microdermabrasion.

Nelson Lee Novick, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

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