Microdermabrasion vs. At-Home Exfoliation

Microdermabrasion in Atlanta can reverse many effects of sun damage

Flip through any women’s magazine and pay attention to the great number and variety of products being offered to refresh your complexion. Like many men and women, you may buy each “great” new product, use the entire tube or jar, and never see any difference in your complexion. You’re not alone if you start to wonder, “Am I doing this wrong?” While I recognize the appeal of at-home products (convenience and low cost), there are many reasons why microdermabrasion can produce superior results.


At-home exfoliating products typically contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, fruit enzymes, citric acid, other chemicals or abrasive substances. Each product is slightly different but each claims to provide similarly dramatic results.


At my practice, we perform microdermabrasion for Atlanta patients who want smoother, younger-looking skin. The procedure uses a handheld device that sprays tiny, medical grade crystals across the face, then uses suction to remove dead cells from the top layer of the skin and stimulate the underlying epidermis. Over time, these treatments may also reduce pigment irregularities, fine wrinkles, and acne scars. A single treatment usually takes approximately 30 minutes with very little discomfort and no flaking. I believe there are two main benefits of microdermabrasion performed by a plastic surgeon as opposed to at-home exfoliation products:

  • If you have sensitive skin, harsh exfoliating chemicals may cause damage. A doctor will carefully examine your skin before performing any procedure to determine which chemicals should or should not be used.
  • Most exfoliating products only remove the most superficial skin cells, while microdermabrasion goes deeper and stimulates cell growth.

By meeting with a skin health professional, you will develop a better understanding of your skin type. With your unique skin in mind, a doctor can then develop a treatment plan to accomplish your goals for skin treatments or plastic surgery in Atlanta.

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