Microdermabrasion ( skin polishing ) is a cosmetic procedure that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation to gently remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion is a painless, non-invasive, skin rejuvenation procedure using a combination of a fine abrasive diamond tip or aluminium oxide crystals and a vacuum suction applied to the skin. Typically there are no needles or anaesthetics required. The vacuum pressure and speed are adjusted depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of the skin. Typical microdermabrasion sessions can last anywhere from 15–40 minutes. Minimal to no recovery time is required after microdermabrasion and most people immediately return to daily activity after a session. Target area includes face, neck, back and arms. Needs to be repeated at average intervals of two to four weeks for continued improvement. Multiple treatments in combination with sunscreen and other skin care creams yield best results.
Microdermabrasion may be performed to help diminish the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation and sun damage, as well as diminish fine lines, wrinkles, acne and shallow acne scars. A further benefit of microdermabrasion is enhanced skin penetration by other skin creams and serums. Microdermabrasion treatment carries no side effects or complications.