Microdermabrasion FAQ


Which skin conditions benefit from microdermabrasion?


  • Acne scarring
  • Premature skin ageing
  • Sun damage
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Open pores

The above all benefit from microdermabrasion.

For more severe forms of these conditions microdermabrasion can be combined with other treatments such as Intense Pulse Light (IPL) to reduce pigmentation, fractionated laser for acne scarring and premature ageing, derma-pen for open pores and to improve skin texture and tone and medical grade skin peels combined with home care to improve the overall health of your skin and to maintain your complexion.


What happens during a microdermabrasion treatment?


A consultation is required prior to treatment.  With so many options available, the correct treatment for your skin and condition must be chosen.  It is important for you to realize that your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure after microdermabrasion so sunscreens are a must.

A microdermabrasion is a great way to begin a series of skin treatments as the exfoliation and hydration that it provides will allow for better penetration of home care products.  In addition, your skin will be healthier and respond better to other skin treatments if these are required.

A microdermabrasion treatment generally takes half an hour to an hour depending on what peels are applied.  The time between microdermabrasion treatments varies depending on which machine is used and can vary from 2-4 weeks.

The DermaSweep MD microdermabrasion system is not uncomfortable and most of our patients find it relaxing.  You can expect your skin to feel a little tighter and look a little flushed after your treatment.

One benefit of microdermabrasion is it is safe to use on all skin types. It can be done on the day of consultation as pre conditioning of the skin with other products is not a requirement.  As the DermaSweep MD microdermabrasion treatment is not painful, no anaesthetic is required.  Downtime is minimal – you can expect your skin to be slightly flushed for a few hours after a treatment.


Who shouldn’t have microdermabrasion?


If you have:

  • Rosacea
  • Herpes lesions
  • Dermatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Eczema or lupus

For the above, microdermabrasion is not an appropriate or suitable treatment.

For patients with rosacea we recommend a series of Vitamin C and Vitamin A peels as these peels strengthen the capillary network and prevent the capillaries from migrating to the surface where they produce the red colour.  These peels can be combined with a series of IPL skin rejuvenation treatments which will remove unwanted capillaries and reduce skin flushing.  We recommend that you use appropriate medical skin care products at home to maintain the results achieved.