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St. Luke’s microdermabrasion providers are among the Lehigh Valley’s most skilled and experienced. Our specialists are all licensed healthcare practitioners, having completed extensive training that leads to a rigorous certification process. And due to our large network of over 12 hospital sites, we have access to the latest technology. These resources allow us to perform effective treatments with results you can be proud of. 

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive treatment that uses microcrystals to exfoliate your skin. During this procedure, your provider will use an applicator with an abrasive surface to sand away your skin’s outer layer–improving both tone and texture.

Microdermabrasion treatment can be used for the following problems:

  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Acne scarring
  • Fine lines
  • Melasma

It also encourages collagen production, which helps your skin feel smoother. And, by removing the damaged top layer of skin, this non-surgical treatment prepares your skin for high-quality moisturizing products that will prolong your results.

If you want to learn more about microdermabrasion facial treatments–or schedule a consultation with a microdermabrasion provider–then contact St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.


Microdermabrasion is for individuals with all skin types. Some of the most common reasons for treatment include the following:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Age spots
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Enlarged pores
  • Sun damage
  • Blackheads

By removing your top layer of skin, microdermabrasion exfoliates your skin and encourages collagen production. This combined effect will keep your skin firm, smooth, and bright.

To determine if a microdermabrasion facial treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with a St. Luke’s provider. 

Getting microdermabrasion can positively impact your wellbeing and self-confidence. The following list includes some of the most commonly reported benefits:

  • Brighter skin tone
  • Shrunken pores
  • Reduced age spots
  • Smoother skin
  • Cleaner-looking skin
  • More radiant complexion
  • Diminished fine lines
  • Minimized wrinkles
  • Faded scars

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive way to address a variety of skin conditions, resulting in healthier-looking skin. Having microdermabrasion treatments are a non-surgical way to give you a more youthful appearance.

As with all cosmetic procedures, microdermabrasion facial treatment has risks. Some of them include the following:

  • Sensitivity
  • Redness
  • Swelling

Your provider will review a complete list of risks before getting your consent.

Before the procedure

Although there is no significant preparation, there are several simple ways to get your skin ready for microdermabrasion treatment at St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Some of them include the following:

  • Avoid skin exposure
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid tanning creams and waxing
  • Stop using exfoliants and masks (three days before)

On the day of your procedure, ensure you show up early to fill out paperwork–and bring any current skincare products you use.

During the procedure

Your provider will work with you to determine the best procedure to achieve your desired results. Microdermabrasion is an in-office procedure that lasts approximately one hour.

Diamond-tip handpiece

During this treatment, your provider will use a diamond-tip handpiece to exfoliate dead skin cells while simultaneously suctioning them off. When performing microdermabrasion with a diamond-tip handpiece, your provider will gently move the wand across your skin—applying the appropriate amount of pressure to meet your goals. This tool is typically used in sensitive areas, so it would be well-suited for microdermabrasion facial treatments.

Crystal microdermabrasion

During this treatment, your provider will use a crystal-emitting handpiece to spray fine crystals that rub away your skin’s outer layer. Similarly to the diamond-tip handpiece treatment, Crystal microdermabrasion also suctions off dead skin right away. Your provider will choose from various types of crystals, including aluminum oxide and sodium bicarbonate.

After the procedure

You should notice more vibrant skin immediately, although you may experience temporary redness and swelling. Microdermabrasion requires multiple treatments, typically between six and 10 in two-week intervals. However, the number of sessions needed will depend on your skin concerns and desired outcome. In order to maintain your results, you’ll also need periodic maintenance treatments.

Recovery from microdermabrasion is manageable and should have minimal impact on your daily life. Here are typical recovery milestones:

  • Day of treatment: You’ll notice minor redness, swelling, and tenderness.
  • Several days after treatment: Your skin may be flaky, dry, and bruised. If you’re able to, avoid sun exposure while your skin heals.