At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, Atlanta

Even before we begin to age dramatically, our skin can begin to look tired or dull. Early signs of aging can even crop up on the faces of those in their 20s and unfortunately, only accelerate as time goes on. Even in those with the youngest skin, oiliness, sun damage and thick skin can be problematic.

Fortunately patients may choose treatments of microdermabrasion, a gentle abrading technique that removes dead, dull surface cells and allows your fresh skin cells to take center stage, improving the look and health of your skin.

Deciding if You Are Right for Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion in Atlanta is a clinical exfoliation technique that can quickly and safely improve the texture of your skin. It boasts little to no downtime or risk. It is performed using a series of treatments to refresh the skin.

Employing a good skin care routine prior to initiating the peels will optimize the results. Microdermabrasion can help soften fine lines and mild acne scars as well as help decrease irregular pigmentation. It may also be used on new surgical scars to help decrease the visibility of the scar.

How It's Done

Special goggles will be worn to protect the eyes and then the face will be cleansed. A small wand is used to abrade the skin with tiny sand-like particles. The treatment stings slightly and feels like sandpaper being gently rubbed onto the skin, though patients do not require an anesthetic.

The same handpiece will then remove the dead skin cells and microcrystals from your skin using a gentle suction device. In some cases, the "sand" may be left on your clothes and hair after the treatment, but can be brushed off.

What to Expect from Microdermabrasion

Your face will be slightly red when leaving. A good moisturizer should be applied immediately after the treatment. You should keep your skin protected from the sun with a good sunscreen. Otherwise, you should be able to return to your normal routine immediately following treatment. Skin care products, except cleanser and moisturizer with SPF protection, should be avoided for several days to prevent irritation.

To achieve the best results, some patients may require more than one treatment. With microdermabrasion, a more mild treatment will yield a more mild result.


Risks associated with microdermabrasion are extremely rare, but in some cases may include hyperpigmentation or skin irritation from the suction device. If you have questions about these possibilities, please consult with Dr. Alan N. Larsen.

Complementary Procedures

While microdermabrasion often yields wonderful clinical skin smoothing, Dr. Larsen also offers more extensive dermabrasion treatments. Additionally, you may choose to undergo a chemical peel to improve the look of your skin.

Learn More About Microdermabrasion

To learn more about how microdermabrasion in the Buckhead business district of North Atlanta can smooth your skin, please join our mailing list. You can also contact us today to schedule your consultation by calling (404) 367‐9005.