"Get the scoop on one of the most common skin treatments"

Another quick and painless treatment that can moderately improve fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, or mild acne scars is microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion lightly sands the skin with aluminum hydroxide crystals or other similar crystals applied under high pressure. The physician then lightly suctions off the crystals and skin debris.

A similar, newer device known as Vibraderm uses a lightly vibrating paddle to sand the skin. In either case, you may have some redness or swelling around the eyes, but it usually subsides the same day.

Each treatment takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Typically, you'll schedule a series of six treatments, one every two weeks, and then periodic follow-up treatments to maintain the effect.

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