Facial plast Surg 2004; 20(1): 47-50
DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-822958
Copyright © 2004 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001 USA.

Microdermabrasion: A Review

Rebecca Shpall1 , Frederick C. Beddingfield2 , 3  III , Deborah Watson4 , Gary P. Lask2
  • 1College of Medicine, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA
  • 2Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • 3RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California
  • 4Division of Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA
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Publication Date:
22 March 2004 (online)

Microdermabrasion is used by clinicians and aestheticians worldwide to rejuvenate facial skin. The microdermabrator contains aluminum oxide or sodium chloride crystals that strike the skin and produce superficial trauma. It is theorized that the repetitive intraepidermal injury causes gradual improvement in damaged skin by stimulating fibroblast proliferation and collagen production, leading to new collagen deposition in the dermis. In this review of microdermabrasion, we discuss studies performed to elucidate the mechanism of action by which microdermabrasion promotes facial resurfacing. We also discuss other existing techniques for facial rejuvenation and resurfacing.