Microdermabrasion can be used to treat acne and improve skin texture. It works exfoliation of the upper layers of the skin. This procedure has now been replaced with microlaser peeling and chemical peeling.


  • This procedure can treat acne (blackheads and whiteheads) as well as improve skin texture.
  • Several treatments are needed for optimal results
  • Each treatment takes up to 70 minutes to perform
  • Microdermabrasion has been replaced with Fractional laser, Microlaser peeling and chemical peels

Microdermabrasion is a treatment which exfoliates the top surface layers of the skin, removing dead skin cells. This is classed as a very superficial treatment, however can be a useful method of treating blackhead acne. It can also improve skin texture, however for consistent results microdermabrasion will need to be repeated at frequent intervals.

The procedure is performed by a vacuum extractor that brings the skin in contact with a diamond coated head that abrades the surface of the skin. This head is passed over the treatment area several times. Older machines use microdermabrasion crystals to achieve the same result.

  • Acne – comedomal acne (blackheads)
  • Very mild photodamage – skin textural changes

Microdermabrasion has been used for over a quarter of a century, and whilst we acknowledge their role in treating mild skin diseases, newer, more effective treatments are available.

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At Westside Dermatology, we offer chemical peels, Fractional laser and microlaser peeling as alternatives to microdermabrasion.

Chemical peels

… such as glycolic acid/ AHA peels are more cost effective, quicker to perform and more effective than even the newest Diamond Head Microdermabrasion machines. The use of different concentrations of chemical peels can also provide a customised prescription module for the patients condition.

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Microlaser peels

… provide even more control compared to microdermabrasion and chemical peels. The exact depth of ‘peel’ can be achieved with laser- this gives the dermatologist absolute control of the depth needed to achieve the clinical results.

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Fractional laser

… induces thousands of micro-punctures whilst leaving surrounding tissues intact. This allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire skin was treat at once. Fractionation stimulates collagen production in addition vaporizing both superficial and deep pigmentation. It promotes the skin’s healing process to create new, tighter tissue, with improved skin texture.

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Chemical peels 15 min 4-6 Hours +++ +
MicrolaserPeels 15 min 2-4 24-36 hrs ++++ ++
Microdermabrasion 70 min 6-8 12 hours + Nil

Skin treatments can be confusing with advise given from cosmetic clinics, beauty therapist and retailers.  Laser trained and procedural dermatologist are best equipped with expertise and the latest technology to give optimal results to our patients. At Westside Dermatology, all patients are assessed by our highly qualified Dermatologists, so you can be sure that you are in experienced hands.

Call us directly on (07) 3871 3437 to make an appointment, or to discuss issues regarding the referral process.

Microdermabrasion has a place in treating mild forms of acne and improving overall skin texture. We have replaced microdermabrasion with chemical peels, Fractional laser and microlaser peeling due to the far superior results we see with these treatments. Chemical peels are more cost effective for the patient and treatment is complete within 10-15 minutes at most. Fractional and microlaser peels take treatments to a much higher level. With both of these treatments, patients can expect to see a dramatic improvement in skin texture and tone, whilst keeping down time to a minimum.