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Microdermabrasion (cont.)

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What home remedies can produce results like microdermabrasion?

There are multiple ways to exfoliate the skin:

  • Use a pumice stone, loofah, or Buf-Puf.
  • Use beach sand to gently exfoliate.
  • Prepare homemade brown sugar and honey rubs.
  • Apply sea salt rubs.
  • Apply Epsom salts scrubs.

What is the average cost of professional microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion costs may range from $100-$250, the average cost being around $100 per session. Costs have decreased considerably over the last five to 10 years as these units have become more readily available. Professional microdermabrasion can usually be obtained in a doctor's office, typically dermatologists or less commonly plastic surgeons, as well as aesthetic spas, and facial clinics. Microdermabrasion is quite affordable and much less expensive than other skin-resurfacing treatments such as dermabrasion or laser peels, which may cost around $2,500.

Where can people get more information on microdermabrasion?

The treatment of microdermabrasion can be performed by a physician, a nurse, aesthetician, or other trained medical personnel. It is recommended for patients to consult a dermatologist or medical aesthetician before starting any resurfacing treatment. Careful evaluation on the patient's skin for changes in texture, severity of photoaging, depth of scarring, and the type of skin from a specialist will help patients select the proper resurfacing modality in order to address the skin problems effectively.

Medically reviewed by Norman Levine, MD; American Board of Dermatology


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Karimipour, D.J., G. Karimipour, and J.S. Orringer. "Microdermabrasion: An Evidence-Based Review." Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 125.1 Jan. 2010: 372-377.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/31/2014

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