Microdermabrasion: How to prepare for your appointment

To protect your health and find out what results you want, a dermatologist always offers a consultation before performing microdermabrasion. To help you get the most benefit from this consultation, you should:

  • Ask questions.
  • Gather important information before your consultation.

This page tells you what to ask and what to gather before having microdermabrasion.

Questions to ask before having microdermabrasion

Asking questions will help you know what to expect so that you can make an informed decision.

Before having microdermabrasion, the AAD recommends that you ask the following questions:

  • Who will perform the microdermabrasion?
  • What results can I expect?
  • How many treatments will I need to get these results?
  • What are the potential side effects?
  • Do I have a higher risk for any side effects?
  • May I see before-and-after photos or speak with patients who have been treated with microdermabrasion?
  • How much will the treatment cost?
“Some medical doctors market themselves as board-certified physicians specializing in dermatology, which is not the same as a board-certified dermatologist.”

— Dermatologist Amy J. Derick, MD, FAAD 

During the consultation, your dermatologist will examine your skin. This helps to determine whether microdermabrasion can diminish the signs of aging that concern you. You may learn that another cosmetic treatment is more appropriate.

If microdermabrasion is appropriate, your dermatologist will tell you what you can expect. 

Vital information to tell your dermatologist

Before having microdermabrasion, you should tell your dermatologist about all your medical conditions and medicines that you take. It is especially important for your dermatologist to know if you have: 

  • Cold sores breakouts.
  • Skin that scars easily.
  • Taken isotretinoin, a medicine prescribed to treat severe acne.

When your dermatologist asks about your medications, be sure to tell your dermatologist about all medicines that you take, even ones that do not require a prescription. Be sure to mention all vitamins, minerals, and herbal remedies.

If you are considering microdermabrasion or any other cosmetic treatment, be sure to watch this AAD video: Who should be providing your cosmetic treatment?  

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