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If you can afford it, you should consider doing microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is the removal of the dead cells of the outermost keratin layer and sometimes some of the epidermal skin layer by mechanical friction and suction. It should be distinguished from “dermabrasion,” which is a much deeper, heavy duty procedure with a lot of patient downtime. Unlike dermabrasion, microdermabrasion has never been proven to do anything permanently…but it does make your skin feel temporarily softer and can also temporarily minimize fine lines. How does it do this? It causes slight, non-visible swelling and thus stretching of the skin. It also creates a softer light reflection off of your skin by the slight skin swelling and removal of ruffled, uneven skin layers.

So if you have a big event like a wedding or a high school reunion, consider planning it a couple days before. However, I never recommend doing anything for the first time before a big event in case you have a poor outcome, which is possible. For example, it can cause you to be red or too puffy. There are different levels of treatment aggressiveness and different machines available, so make sure to consult with your dermatologist before undergoing this procedure. Consider treating yourself to this procedure once or twice—it’s fun!