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Updated: Aug 11, 2022

Microdermabrasion treatments are a very common beauty treatment worldwide. The global Microdermabrasion Device Market in 2021 was $474.2 million and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.6% over the next 12 months. Australia, unfortunately, doesn't track records of Microdermabrasion market statistics, but it is fair to say our trends would follow the US market in all things aesthetic.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported in 2020, around 522,693 microdermabrasion treatments were carried out in the U.S. alone.

Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally invasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing a thicker, uneven outer layer of your skin, and have many benefits.

“Avoid using active ingredient skincare like Vitamin C and Retinol, AHA's/BHA's and prescription topicals and those that have exfoliating properties just for a few days afterwards.”

On average it takes between 6-12 treatments for a person to see dramatic results. By choosing to get weekly treatments, your results will be seen sooner.

There are two types of microdermabrasion devices.

  1. Diamond Microdermabrasion uses an abrasive reusable tip to gently exfoliate the dead skin cells and remove uneven texture from the skin. The exfoliated particles are vacuumed away. It is a bit cleaner than crystal microdermabrasion as there are no stary crystals left behind on the skin.

  2. Crystal Microdermabrasion is the original and the most popular type of microdermabrasion. Superfine crystals are sent from a receptacle on the microdermabrasion machine, through a tube and the crystals are sprayed over the skin/ (Like a gentle sandblasting of the skin). The crystals are usually made of aluminium oxide, magnesium oxide or baking soda and are as hard as diamonds. They are vacuumed into a second receptacle which is discarded after every treatment so they are not reused on the skin.

Does microdermabrasion actually work?

Microdermabrasion is a treatment that can be done on ALL skin types and colours. It can certainly make subtle changes causing no skin colour changes or scarring. However, it is NOT effective for deeper problems like deep acne scars, stretch marks or deep wrinkles. If you are after a brighter, smoother and will hydrated result, then microdermabrasion is a great choice for skin rejuvenation.

What are the side effects of microdermabrasion?

Common side effects include mild tenderness, swelling, mild bruising and redness. These symptoms usually go away within a few hours after your treatment. If you find you are flaky a day or so after your treatment, this is normal and can be managed with a moisturiser.

Who should avoid microdermabrasion?

It is not recommended for people who have active keloid scars or deep scars. Un-diagnosed lesions or a recent outbreak of herpes or warts on the face, skin cancer, active acne (stage 3 or 4), sunburn or active rosacea, eczema or an autoimmune system disorder are also contraindicated.

What is the cost of treatment?

Microdermabrasion pricing varies but is usually directly associated with time. Those clinics offering a cheaper price will be doing the treatment in 15 minutes. For a more thorough and relaxing treatment, spas and skin clinics will be using an hour to not only cleanse and "Microderm" your skin, but you will most likely get a soothing face mask and massage as well. Prices can range in Australia from $19 - $140.

Where can I get the treatment done?

Our "Find an Expert" feature on this website can assist you in locating a skin expert who offers microdermabrasion near you.

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