Does Microdermabrasion Hurt?

You can unlock some of the perks of exfoliation at home. But scrubs and brushes just can’t deliver all of the benefits of deep, thorough exfoliation that microdermabrasion can. Just like sandpaper can change the appearance and texture of wood, microdermabrasion can change the appearance and texture of your skin.

Hold on a minute. If we’re likening microdermabrasion to sandpaper, doesn’t it hurt? Fortunately, this treatment is designed with your comfort in mind. At Parkland Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Coral Springs, Florida, Alexis Stephens, DO, FAAD, FAOCD, offers comfortable microdermabrasion to help your skin look its absolute best. It’s time to find out what it can do for you — and exactly what it feels like. 

What microdermabrasion can do for you

So what is microdermabrasion, exactly? It’s a treatment during which Dr. Stephens uses a specialized device to deeply exfoliate your skin. This gets rid of the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin while stimulating your body’s production of new, unblemished skin cells. That makes it effective in alleviating a fairly broad range of skin challenges. 

In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends microdermabrasion to:

Additionally, studies show that microdermabrasion can increase the density of collagen fibers in your skin. Collagen is the protein that makes your skin smooth and elastic, meaning microdermabrasion can help you get even, plump, beautiful skin. 

But all of this hinges on removing the outermost layer of your skin. So it’s no surprise that many patients come to us with concerns that microdermabrasion will hurt.

What microdermabrasion feels like

Most patients use two words to describe the feeling of a microdermabrasion treatment: suction and scratching. That’s because as the microdermabrasion device goes to work, it uses vacuum suction to maintain consistent pressure on your skin. This also allows it to suck up the dead outer layer of skin that it removes. If you’ve ever put your hand over a vacuum hose, you’ve got a decent idea of what this feels like.

The scratching sensation of microdermabrasion is designed to be gentle and consistent so you don’t experience any pain during treatment. Some patients liken it to being at the beach on a windy day. You might feel a slight stinging sensation but Dr. Stephens talks you through it to make sure you’re comfortable. 

In fact, every member of our Parkland Dermatology & Surgery Center team is completely committed to helping you feel relaxed during microdermabrasion. If you have any questions or concerns about it, don’t hesitate to ask anyone on our staff. 

After microdermabrasion, you might experience some redness and tenderness. But don’t worry, it fades quickly, revealing glowing, even skin. 

With microdermabrasion, Dr. Stephens helps patients get their best skin possible. If you want to learn more about how this treatment can improve your skin — and what you can expect to feel during treatment — don’t hesitate to call us or book your appointment online today. 

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