Exfoliation, or removal of the superficial layers of your skin, helps promote underlying collagen regeneration leaving your skin both smoother and softer.

Microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation that removes the superficial outer layers of your skin by buffing it with aluminum oxide crystals. Dermabrasion is a deeper exfoliation that uses a diamond burr to remove the outer layers of your skin. Both of these procedures are performed by Dr. Michaels. Both procedures will help even out any skin discoloration, drain clogged pores, diminish shallow acne scars, and improve fine wrinkles leaving you with a natural, youthful glow. Microdermabrasion is great for patients that are sensitive to the agents used in chemical peels.

Dr. Michaels and his licensed esthetician will evaluate your skin and determine which procedure is appropriate for you to achieve your goals. Microdermabrasion can be combined with a facial to help further rejuvenate your face with minimal downtime.

Quick Facts


10-30 minutes


None or topical


Outpatient, in-office

Side effects

Redness, edema, minimal discomfort, sun sensitivity


Skin discoloration, scarring


1-3 day for microdermabrasion. 1-2 weeks for dermabrasion.

If you would like to learn more about microdermabrasion, click here or call (301) 468-5991 in Rockville, Maryland or (703) 957-8610 in Fairfax, Virginia to schedule a consultation.