Microdermabrasion is a facial rejuvenation treatment that uses microcrystals to remove the top layers of skin to reveal fresh skin and initiate new skin growth. Accent on Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa's skin rejuvenation equipment treats the skin by removing the dull, lifeless, sun-damaged epidermis and stimulating the production of new skin cells and collagen. This procedure offers a similar result to a chemical peel, however, the process is different. The tip of the microdermabrasion wand safely removes the top, damaged layers of skin. This allows the skin to go through a natural peeling process. The technique promotes new skin growth that is softer, brighter and free from any irregularities. The Pittsburgh plastic surgery office of board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. James Fernau offers microdermabrasion treatment to help resolve skin irregularities such as fine wrinkles, small acne scars, age spots, and blemishes.
"I have been seeing Cindy Scozio for a year now, and since I have received microdermabrasion treatments regularly. While I instantly saw improvement for my acne, my red post-acne scars were still visible, so she recommended the sciton and fraxel lasers as treatment. I have had three of these treatments so far, and I am almost ready to finally be comfortable sans makeup. My friends and family say that my face "glows" now, and my boyfriend has noticed that I have more self confidence. I never thought these red spots would go away, especially since I have been dealing with them for ten years. Cindy has made a huge difference on my face, and I highly recommend her!"- M.S. / Google / Apr 28, 2014
"Throughout the years, I have had many skin procedures with Cindy- including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and Fraxel treatments. I have always had acne prone skin with many issues. I now keep myself on a maintenance schedule to never let my skin return to the way it was. My skin has never looked better in my entire life. I constantly get asked what I do with my skin that makes it so glowy and fresh looking! I could never repay you for your efforts and giving me the confidence I now have! Thank you, Cindy, for saving me!My experience with both Cindy and Dr. Fernau has been nothing short of wonderful. In 2011, I had a Rhinoplasty with Dr. Fernau. My results exceeded my expectations! Both pre and post surgical care was wonderful. Having Sherry, his surgical tech, with me on the day of my surgery helped with my anxiety and nervousness. Sheila, his nurse, was wonderful with pre and post op care. I am beyond happy with choosing him to perform my surgery."- B.A. / Google / Sep 28, 2014
"After living many hard man-years, my face was left showing large cratering pores and deep scars. I had spend many dollars on info-mercial products and over-the-counter creams, but none of them seemed to work. I decided to “go for it” and seek microderm-abrasion. Three treatments later I feel like a new man. My skin has never flourished with such stunning brilliance. I often find myself staring into the mirror now adoring the brilliant complexion I never had. Cindy’s warm hands and charming personality make the experience almost supernatural. I can walk into any rave now feeling confident and ready to dance. In fact, I’ve actually noticed that my stamina has increased. I used to tire early in the night due to my low self-esteem because of my complexion. That has all changed now! I am even okay with wearing open-toed shoes, something I never thought I would do. Thanks guys for making my inner me come back to life!"- J. / Office Visit / May 27, 2015
"40 Year Old First Timer with Microdermabrasion/veinwave - Pittsburgh, PA - Cindy Scozio has been very friendly each and every time I go. She has given me some helpful hints for taking care of my skin and I can't recommend her enough!"- J. / RealSelf / Apr 28, 2015
"I have had multiple treatments, including microdermabrasion and facials, all performed by licensed aesthetician and certified laser technician, Cindy Scozio. When somebody decides to spend the money and put one’s trust in the hands of a person who will hopefully make an improvement in one’s appearance, and thus in one’s self confidence, the best thing to hear is that the practitioner, herself, has undergone these same procedures. I felt immediately comfortable when I first met Cindy at Dr. Fernau’s office. She is eager to answer any and all questions, and give details of her personal experience with the procedures. She never promised what she could not deliver (perfection where there were acne scars) but did promise significant improvement, which did actually result! She is skilled and knowledgeable, friendly and professional. I am never pressured to purchase more than I want, but I am provided with information about up-coming specials and packages routinely offered by the office. This has allowed me to keep my skin looking better than ever, and to keep people thinking I’m at least 10 years younger than my actual age! There is no substitute for experience in the field of aesthetic procedures. I would highly recommend Cindy Scozio’s skillful eye, professional judgment, and steady hand to anybody seeking better skin care. Thanks, Cindy!"- C. / Office Visit / May 27, 2015
The microdermabrasion treatment will be performed after the skin is cleansed of makeup and dirt. The microdermabrasion wand will be passed over the skin, pushing out a stream of aluminum oxide crystals that exfoliate the skin. The crystals and dead skin will then be suctioned away by the wand. The skin is then cleansed of any remaining debris before moisturizer is added to hydrate and protect. Most patients will have pinkish skin after their treatment, but it can typically be covered up with makeup.
During/After the Procedure
Patients may feel mild discomfort during their microdermabrasion treatment as the skin is exfoliated and suctioned, but they should not need a numbing cream or local anesthesia during this short procedure. Patients may choose to have their face, neck, and/or chest treated with microdermabrasion. After the treatment, the skin will be sensitive to the sun, so it is important to wear a minimum SPF 15 on the treated areas for at least the first several weeks for protection. Patients will see an improvement in the tone and texture of their skin after one treatment, but for best results, patients should schedule microdermabrasion treatments every 2 - 3 weeks.
Microdermabrasion is $400 for five sessions. This allows patients enough sessions to see optimal results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $150 - $400
- Recovery Time
- There is no down time
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 - 45 minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- May require Multiple Sessions
- Procedure Recovery Location
Microdermabrasion treatments can be used on all skin types to correct fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, environmental damage, uneven skin tone, clogged pores, minor scarring, and a rough skin texture.
Can it Improve Acne Scars?
Long after acne breakouts have stopped, many people still have minor acne scarring on their skin that can be improved with microdermabrasion treatments. Patients with active acne can also benefit from microdermabrasion to help remove dirt and oil from the pores while safely exfoliating the skin. For deeper scars or keloids, patients should consider a chemical peel or laser skin treatment.
Who is Not a Good Candidate?
While microdermabrasion can be used on all skin tones and types, it is not recommended for patients who have an active skin condition (herpes, warts, active acne, or auto-immune disorder). Microdermabrasion treatments are also not recommenced for women who are pregnant. For at least 2 - 3 weeks before a microdermabrasion treatment, patients should not have a professional skin treatment (chemical peel, dermal injections, waxing, or tanning).
Risks and Benefits
Microdermabrasion is a safe, non-invasive skin treatment that has few risks and no recovery time. Patients may have pink skin for a few hours after their treatment, but as long as sun protection is used, patients can avoid the increased risk of sunburn and skin sensitivity.
How Long Will a Session Last?
A microdermabrasion treatment of the face lasts around 30 - 60 minutes. Patients should have visible improvements after one treatment, but optimal results will be seen after several sessions, spaced 2 - 3 weeks apart.