microdermabrasion

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noun mi·cro·derm·abra·sion \ˌmī-krō-dər-mə-ˈbrā-zhən\

Definition of microdermabrasion

  1. :  a cosmetic procedure for the skin that involves the mechanical abrasion and removal of all or part of the stratum corneum (as by a high pressure spray of granular crystals) and is used to rejuvenate the skin and to treat skin blemishes or imperfections (such as scars or wrinkles)

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First Known Use of microdermabrasion

1993


Medical Dictionary

microdermabrasion

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noun mi·cro·derm·abra·sion \ˌmī-krō-ˌdər-mə-ˈbrā-zhən\

Medical Definition of microdermabrasion

  1. :  a cosmetic procedure for the skin that involves the mechanical abrasion and removal of all or part of the stratum corneum (as by a high pressure spray of granular crystals) and is used to rejuvenate the skin and to treat skin blemishes or imperfections (such as scars or wrinkles) During a professional microdermabrasion treatment, skin is blasted with jagged-edged crystals, usually aluminum oxides, that are applied with a wand, which also has a suction mechanism to pull away dead skin cells.—Jessica Ramakrishnan, The Chicago Tribune, 24 Jan. 2007


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