Microdermabrasion is a popular, relatively inexpensive facial skin treatment available in many medical spas and physician’s offices in Australia. This article explains the treatment’s technology, purpose, benefits as well as some additional considerations for those interested in booking an appointment for the procedure.

What is microdermabrasion?

The most effective microdermabrasion treatments are performed in a medical office using a powerful machine. After a gentle facial cleansing, the attendant uses a machine that sends a powerful spray of specially refined crystals onto the skin’s surface. These crystals help to exfoliate and slough off dead skin cells. The massaging effect stimulates and promotes the generation of fresh new skin cells. The machine then uses vacuum power to suction off the unwanted debris including dead skin cells, dirt and oil from clogged pores and the excess refined crystals. The skin’s surface is left clean, rejuvenated and glowing.


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What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion facial treatment has many benefits. It can brighten up dull and lifeless skin, help to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation spots and enlarged pores, and smooth out dry or rough skin texture. This procedure is popular because it can successfully treat several skin problems in a single treatment. The results are cumulative and for more apparent results, a series of treatments are recommended.

Which conditions can be treated using microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion can be used to treat many unwanted skin conditions, many related to aging:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Oily skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • Reduction of the appearance of scars
  • Age spots and hyperpigmentation
  • Dull and lifeless skin

Is microdermabrasion more effective than a normal facial?

Yes. The microdermabrasion treatment not only provides a deeper exfoliation, the effect on the stimulation of the skin during the treatment promotes the production of new collagen. This results in a more supple and fresh look to the skin.

How many treatments are recommended for best results?

A series of six microdermabrasion treatments once per week, is recommended for visible, noticeable improvement, though many people notice results after just one or two treatments. After the initial series of six sessions, one monthly treatment is recommended to maintain the rejuvenated glowing appearance to the skin.

Is there any recovery time after a microdermabrasion treatment?

No. There is no downtime associated with microdermabrasion treatment. Immediately afterwards, there may be some redness to the treated area, but in most people the redness will be gone within 24 hours. To cover the redness and return to work, many patients apply foundation or other make-up after their session.

Is there any specific aftercare required following a microdermabrasion treatment?

Microdermabrasion removes the top layer of the skin and encourages new skin cells to grow. The fresh new skin will be sensitive to exposure including wind and the sun’s rays. After a treatment, patients are given a set of instructions that will prevent the negative effects of the environment on the skin. Constant coverage with sunscreen will be recommended to prevent sunburn. Diligent use of moisturiser is recommended to encourage the skin’s new cells to maintain their plump and fresh quality.

Is treatment with microdermabrasion associated with any particular risks or complications? Does it require any specific precautions?

Facial surgery, injection therapy with wrinkle injections or filler, or any other invasive procedure to the treated area should be avoided in the weeks immediately prior to or after a microdermabrasion treatment. Waxing should not be done at least two days before and seven days or more after microdermabrasion. Exposure to UV rays indoors or outdoors, and swimming in chlorinated pools are not recommended for at least two full weeks after microdermabrasion.

Is microdermabrasion right for me?

Facial microdermabrasion treatment is sometimes available with little or no medical supervision, often in spas or beauty salons. To avoid risks or complications, microdermabrasion treatment should be sought out in medical spas or physician-supervised clinics.

13 replies
  1. Mia
    Mia says:

    Microdermabrasion did nothing for me! I’ve had several of these treatments as you are apparently required to have several treatments to see results.. yet I saw nothing. I made the mistake of purchasing of a deal site, when I told them I did not get the results I was promised, they made up a story saying they cannot guarantee results and then tried selling me another treatment! I will not name the clinic but really.. It was either the practitioners that did not know what they were doing or microdermabrasion treatment does nothing!

  2. Kellz
    Kellz says:

    I have read a lot about the microdermabrasion treatment and am really interested in trying it out. This article has answered a few questions I had and now I will definitely be looking into getting the treatment done.

  3. Mel
    Mel says:

    I read that most celebrities have microdermabrasion regularly which helps them maintain their beautiful skin. I think that is their best kept secret! I have had microdermabrasion done and each and every time I have it I am always amazed by the results. Yes you need to get it done regularly in order to maintain your skin but its just like anything in life. You have to maintain it if you want to have it looking good.
    I find the best combination for celebrity like skin is a daily routine using good skin care and monthly (if possible, it does get a little expensive though) visit to your local spa for a facial or microdermabrasion and watch your skin look as beautiful as Nicole Kidmans! I have started this routine and I can tell you I look 10 years younger!

  4. Dora
    Dora says:

    Finding it very hard to lighten the dark spots on my face due to the sun. I have tried laser treatments but I was advised that I am too dark for laser treatments and that the results would be minimum. I was prescribed hydroquinone for several weeks which I found helpful.

    On my recent overseas trips I decided to try out a microdermabrasion treatment, never really read into it, never read any reviews, had no idea what to expect. The clinician was great great, she explained what I should expect and how it would feel and if I was to continue with more treatments what results I would see. She also suggested I try the enzyme peel with microdermabrasionon which would together combat the dark spots on my face.

    The treatment was pain free. I did notice some redness about an hour after the treatment but within 24 hours that was all gone leaving my skin smooth and glowing. I quit using hydroquinone and retinols after the treatment. I would certainly do it again now that I am back in Sydney. Highly recommend this treatment.

  5. Bella
    Bella says:

    My dermatologist recommened a series of microdermabrasion treatments to help me with my dull complexion. I am so happy with the results my skin looks great. I was also recommended a sunscreen which I apply each morning now with and SPF 30+ and a retinol serum for the nights. I am in late 30s and I just felt as if I looked older than I was. After my microdermabrasion treatments I look much younger than I am. I plan on having treatments every 6 to 8 weeks to maintain the results.

  6. Angela
    Angela says:

    I don’t recall the microdermabrasion cost but after my horrible experience it certainly was too much for what it was. I had 2 microdermabrasion treatments which included a glycolic peel after the second treatment I had a horrible outbreak of rosacea and bad acne breakout on my face. Previously I’ve had lacid acid chemical peels that did not cause any reactions. I had perfect skin before these treatments.

    Now it’s been a year since my horrible experience, I have been to many dermatologists in Melbourne who have helped me a lot. I have had rosacea treatments to help with the rosacea, at one stage I was on antibiotics for rosacea. It has become another skin concern I did not want. My advice, if you are undergoing a microdermabrasion treatment combined with a glycolic peel keep any eye out for red spots on your face as that is how my rosacea started.

  7. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    I live really close to Brisbane. I know that there is a clinic that performs microdermabrasion in Brisbane, and it is one of the most affordable ones. However, I read once something about a diamond microdermabrasion. Is it the ordinary treatment, or something special? I’d like to hear someone who has experienced it. I got a lot of information out of this article. Short, precise and just what I needed. The only thing is, I’m not a real beauty connoisseur. Is it really painless? Can something that takes of your dead skin cells and peels your skin off be painless? If so, than I’ve been living under the rock…Leaving scepticism aside, I really need to liven up my skin, and this seems like the perfect treatment for it. Plus – no downtime, that’s awesome… Wouldn’t like to go out on the street looking like I went for paintball. Seems like a pretty legit procedure.

  8. My microdermabrasion review
    My microdermabrasion review says:

    I’ve done the microdermabrasion in Sydney. It’s just one handy treatment, which every woman should do in the 21st century. In fact, I would it’s a necessity, no woman should walk around with a dull, wrinkly face when you’ve got affordable things like this to make you look happy and fresh. And, yes… I somewhat really did look more happy, although it does sound foolish. I don’t like lasers or surgery. I’m all natural! But this is just a wonderful and gentle treatment, which totally rejuvenated my skin. It really does push the collagen production… As far as my pores are concerned, all clean… Now I need a magnifying glass to even spot them! For those who might be wondering, I was on a business trip. Had a business conference, needed to freshen up… There is also microdermabrasion in Melbourne available, so don’t wait any more, it’s everywhere, and for a reason!

  9. Kylie
    Kylie says:

    I agree completely with the fact that it’s one of the safest treatments that you can do to prevent your skin from looking oily and old, dull and full of those nasty blackheads and clogged up pores. No make up can cover up that, and if it could, you still have to look at yourself in the mirror after you clean your face. And I don’t really feel pleasant looking at all that junk on my face. It didn’t take a lot for me. I read microdermabrasion reviews, fell right for it. It’s a sassy little procedure that gives great results, and it’s quite cheap, I might as well say. I didn’t experience any typical side effects of microdermabrasion, in fact, I felt quite fresh and snappy after the whole thing. Everyone should at least try it, I don’t know who could regret doing it. It’s good for anyone.

  10. Philippa
    Philippa says:

    I was asked by my friend if I knew anything about microdermabrasion treatment, and of course I knew it was some kind of a beauty thing.. I was kind of embarrassed that I didn’t know much about it, since I am a woman, you know… I googled what is microdermabrasion and came to this article. I was immediately intrigued and booked an appointment with a specialist that does microdermabrasion in Perth. It’s nearby, so I gave it a shot. It’s really amazing what it does for you. No exfoliator can do that at home. My skin became more radiant and fresh, dewy also. And with that, all the little lines and wrinkles became less obvious, you know? As did spots… Age spots and sun spots, too. For such a mild treatment I didn’t respect to look so wonderful after. But I did, and I’m planning to go back to freshen up from time to time.

  11. Simone
    Simone says:

    Although it is a fairly affordable treatment, I’ve heard about some women doing home microdermabrasion…I believe that you can try out something similar to it at home, but you can never get the maximum out of it like you can at a doctor’s office. Microdermabrasion at home is okay for women who have no other options. However, I’d always trust my doctor to tamper with my skin, rather than doing something I’m not qualified for. I can say that, I was amazed when I looked at myself in the mirror. My skin was fabulous, and I mean glowing, shiny, beautiful clean, my pores were breathing! I couldn’t believe how my skin looked bad before, and I didn’t even notice it, until after my first microdermabrasion treatment. Ladies it’s heaven for the skin! Don’t hesitate, you will look fresh and young, and it will last for quite some time.

  12. Sarah Hunter
    Sarah Hunter says:

    I have really, but sensitive skin. Beyond borders of sensitive I believe. I tried going for a chemical peel but it didn’t really work. It was to harsh on me, created even worse effects and infections. Maybe they aren’t the same, but this treatment can’t compare, in the sense that it is the only beauty related procedure that hasn’t caused harm on my skin yet. I didn’t experience any of the microdermabrasion side effects… I do take care of my skin as the doctor said I should. I stayed out of the sun… I don’t even put make up on, for a week now because I don’t want to take any chances. But the thing is, I really like it. I don’t know much about the microdermabrasion machine that is used, although I read online that you can buy it for home use. I would recommend to all women, not play around with it. Go to a trained professional who will take care of you in the best way possible. And it’s not really that pricey.

  13. Asri
    Asri says:

    If you have insurance, you sluohd consider obtaining a consultation with the dermatologist and seeking prescriptions for some washes like Plexion and perhaps a topical retinoid like Retina-Micro. These would both help with acne, and the retinoid would also help reduce oiliness and pore size. Microdermabrasion does help improve skin texture, but the results are usually just temporary (and doesn’t provide long-term relief from acne). Laser treatments can also help to improve the appearance and texture of the skin — but they are expensive and multiple treatments are required. The only effective light/laser treatment for acne is BlueLight/ClearLight. Other types of laser treatments for acne don’t have conclusive long-term results — however, treatments like PDL (pulse dye laser) will help to reduce the marks from scars. Multiple treatments will be required, however. As you can see, there are many types of light/laser treatments, and you need to first receive a consultation from an experienced dermatologist to get the best treatment from you.


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