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The Microderm Process

Getting rid of the dead cells on the surface of your skin helps restore a youthful glow.

Quick, Affordable…and Popular

It may seem like celebrities are cornering the market on youthful skin, but you don’t need a casting call to take your own dip in the fountain of youth with quick – and affordable – cosmetic procedures like microdermabrasion. While plastic surgery can help quickly turn back the clock, it’s treatments such as microdermabrasion that are trendy amongst both celebrities and us regular folks alike. From freshening up your face to zapping the acne-prone skin on your back, find out how microdermabrasion can exfoliate and smooth your skin, nix your dead skin cells and help a more youthful you get the attention you deserve.

What is Microdermabrasion?

“Essentially, microdermabrasion is a simple, easy way to improve your skin,” explains Dr. Eric Bernstein, MD. This quick and painless procedure, which was reported as one of the top five most popular cosmetic procedures in 2011, exfoliates the surface layer of your skin, giving dead skin cells the boot and leaving behind healthy, smoother skin instantly. In addition to exfoliating your skin for a refreshed appearance, microdermabrasion:

  • Aides with acne and acne scars
  • Diminishes age spots and black heads
  • Reduces the appearance of stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles
  • Minimizes patches of darkened skin
  • Shrinks enlarged pores

But, the best part about this non-invasive cosmetic procedure? It can be used practically anywhere on your body exhibiting dryness, oiliness and acne and even scarring and the results are immediate. Whether or not you share your secret is up to you.

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Rejuvenation Process

The microdermabrasion treatment begins with your aesthetician cleansing your skin to prep for your procedure. Then, a hand-held, diamond-tipped wand will stream tiny crystals onto your skin while suctioning the crystals back into the machine simultaneously – along with your dead skin cells.

Overall, the treatment last about 30 minutes, which, “essentially can be done during your lunch hour,” advises Dr. Brian Zelickson. Almost zero discomfort accompanies the microdermabrasion treatment; gentle scratching, vibrating and suctioning are all you’ll feel as dead skin cells are exfoliated away like yesterday’s fashion faux pas.

What to Expect

Mild discomfort or side effects are commonly temporary, including swelling and redness which usually diminishes within a few short hours. However, according to Naomi Campbell’s esthetician, Christine Chin, this exfoliating treatment can be tailored to meet your needs; including pulling back the reins a bit if a celebrity is headed to the red carpet that very day. You may also find flaky and dry skin for several days following your microdermabrasion procedure. And, rare, but possible risks include mild bruising from the suction which fades within a few days.


Your healthcare provider may recommend special facial or moisturizing products to boost and prolong your rejuvenated skin results, but there is no down time or recovery period. Just remember that your brand new skin will also be more sensitive to the sun, so slathering on sunscreen is a must so you’ll be paparazzi ready.

Even when gravity and Father Time seem to be conspiring against you, you can give yourself a lift with microdermabrasion treatment without emptying your wallet. To indulge in this Hollywood secret, find a VIP Specialist Now or See Local Deals and reveal the hot little you hiding underneath those years you spent under the sun.

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