Microdermabrasion with serum infusion – your new best friend?

microdermabrasion on woman .skin by dermatologist skin expert

Microdermabrasion is a widely-known non-invasive procedure that renews the skin tone and texture along with minimizing some of the most common skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. It is proven safe and effective for people of any skin color, is low risk, and best of all- there’s no downtime. Yet, this impressive procedure can now be further enhanced with serum infusion that directly delivers nutrients down to the deep layers of the skin. As such, your skin will not only renew its tone and texture but even improve its health and appearance. If you want to have healthy and glowing skin, this combination of procedures – microdermabrasion with serum infusion – can just be your new best friend.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure wherein a skincare specialist removes the outermost layer of the skin using a handheld device. It can exfoliate the skin, lessen the signs of aging, and even out the skin tone. Other benefits also include improvement of the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring and melasma. Clients most often request microdermabrasion on the face and neck but the procedure is also suitable for other areas of the skin.

Regardless of the type of microdermabrasion that you choose, the procedure should not be painful. A single session for the face should only take approximately 30 and about 15 minutes for the neck. After the procedure, it is normal to experience mild swelling or other symptoms similar to a mild sunburn. These would only last for a few hours.

Depending on the type of skin and the reason for having your skin treated, you may have microdermabrasion weekly, every two weeks, or monthly. If you desire to lessen signs of aging on the face, you may need regular treatments. Regardless of the number of treatments done, remember that the effects of microdermabrasion are not permanent.

Types of microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion became FDA approved in 1996. Nowadays, there are already hundreds of devices on the market to perform the procedure. However, there are only two most common types and ways to perform microdermabrasion.


Crystal microdermabrasion

The handheld device used for crystal microdermabrasion emits fine crystals and is sprayed onto the skin to rub away its topmost layers. This can suction off the dead cells from the skin immediately. There are also different types of crystals being used for this kind of procedure, including but not limited to aluminum oxide and sodium bicarbonate. This method is no longer commonly used, as it has been replaced by diamond tip microdermabrasion.


Diamond-tip handpiece

A diamond-tip handpiece can exfoliate dead skin cells and suction them off.

The effect and depth of abrasion may vary depending on the applied pressure on, and texture of the handpiece,  as well as the duration of the suction on the skin.

What is Serum Infusion?

With the continuous study on skincare and advancement in technology, the effects of the microdermabrasion procedure can now be further improved through serum infusion. This treatment delivers active ingredients into the deeper layers of your skin for maximum penetration and so directly nourishes the skin cells.

To elaborate, serum infusion makes your skin healthier and glowing with these three steps:

  • Exfoliation: removes dry and damaged skin cells;
  • Extraction: deeply cleanses skin surface and pores; and,
  • Infusion: delivers customized serums deep into the skin

With the infusion of skincare nutrients, this treatment can boost collagen synthesis, repair skin damage from acne and hyperpigmentation, and rejuvenate the skin to make it smoother and silkier.

The procedure should also be almost painless. Normally, you would only feel a stinging sensation or the vacuum suction on your skin.

After the procedure, you will see slight swelling or redness on the area of the skin treated. The recovery, however, should be brief. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, it should appear normal again within half an hour to a few hours. Moreover, it is recommended not to schedule another facial procedure or important appointments within seven days after the serum infusion. Also, we advise that you avoid sun exposure before and after your treatment.

Types of serum infusion

There are also different types of serum infusions that are effective with microdermabrasion treatment.

Hyaluronic acid: It can make your skin look more radiant.

Peptides: It can stimulate collagen production that is useful for anti-aging and can rejuvenate your skin.

Retinol: It can lessen breakouts of acne, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, reverse skin damage caused by UV, treat pores, and balance the production of oil on the face.

Vitamin C: It brightens and lightens skin appearance, and protects your skin from harmful UV rays.

Benefits of Serum Infusions

Here are the improvements that you may see and experience after serum infusions:

  • Increases skin’s radiance and glow, giving you a rejuvenated appearance
  • Makes you look more youthful
  • Your dermatologist can customize your serum to your specific skin concerns
  • Lessen your fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smoothens the texture of your skin
  • Reduces acne scars and blemishes
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation and eliminates dark spots and sun damage
  • Boosts the growth of new skin cells
  • Treats dry and dehydrated skin

So what are my options?

At Eternal Dermatology, we offer our signature “Hydroderm” treatment. This treatment differs from traditional diamond tip microdermabrasion. It focuses on cleansing the pores with simultaneous serum infusion into the skin.  The suction mechanism enhances the exfoliation, with less direct friction to the skin. This is particularly useful for individuals with active acne, for whom the spreading of bacteria is a concern. It is also a favorite for people looking to achieve their “Eternal Glow” for an upcoming event like a big date or a night out.

Is microdermabrasion a one-time thing? 

This treatment provides powerful results, but it is usually not something you only do one time. To get the best results, we suggest a series of 4 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Once you reach your desired results, you may want to have touch-up treatments performed every so often. This helps to maintain the best results.

So, are you in?

If you’re interested in seeing if microdermabrasion is right for you, schedule a consultation online. You can also call us at (301) 679-5772 to discuss your unique skincare needs. At Eternal Dermatology, our pledge is simple – We provide uncompromising quality of patient care. No exceptions.


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