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does microdermabrasion work to get rid of superficial skin markings?

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Dr. Robert Keller
Emergency Medicine 40 years experience
No: Unfortunately, no. This procedure is great to exfoliate the very superficial layer of skin but does not reach the deep layer where most markings are. Consider photo rejuvenation, chemical peels or prescription medications that penetrate to that layer.
Dr. H. william Song
aesthetic Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Over time, microdermabrasion will help to minimize superficial skin discolorations but will probably not get rid of them completely. Doing a series of microdermabrasion and combining them with mild chemical peels or fading creams will further enhance the results. More aggressive treatments such as laser resurfacing or strong chemical peels may be needed to eliminate deeper markings.
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Microdermabrasion: Microderm by nature only gets into the epidermis of the skin (and usually only a few microns deep). The primary effect is to give the skin a more healthy glow by deeply exfoliating the surface. Certain procedures combine microderm with facial treatments such as skin lighteners, antioxidants, acne therapy, hydration, etc. Over time these treatments may help to reduce skin markings. Hope this helps!
Dr. Robert Keller
Emergency Medicine 40 years experience
Agree. By exfoliating the skin, you send a message to the cells underneath to produce new skin, thus "shedding" your skin more frequently. As we age our skin turn over rate decreases giving us a 'waxy' look.
Dec 30, 2011
Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Exfoiation: Microderm is a mechanical exfoliation of the skin. The skin cells should turnover every six weeks but with age and damage to the skin, this does not occur well. The dead cells that start to accumulate leaving the skin duller and less likely to respond to products. Exfoliating the skin with peels or microderm helps exfoliate the skin and allows for product penetration.

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