Dermaplaning vs. microdermabrasion: What’s the difference and which one is right for your skin?

by Heidi Anderson, M.D.

Skincare advancements have opened up a world of possibilities for individuals looking to refresh their skin, treat a specific condition or engage in preventative care. With seemingly endless possibilities, how do you know which one is right for you? In this blog, we discuss two very similar treatments: dermaplaning and microdermabrasion. While they sound similar, there are several key factors to keep in mind when choosing which one, if either, will help give you healthy, luminous skin.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical resurfacing technique that utilizes a precise stream of fine crystals to loosen layers of dead skin cells and unclog pores. Suction gently removes both the dead skin cells and crystals, which triggers the body to create fresh cells. A harsher treatment than dermaplaning, microdermabrasion invigorates the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.

The process generally takes around 30 minutes and, while slight redness can occur after the treatment, the downtime is short and the skin usually recovers in a day. For best results, we recommend a series of treatments.

Benefits:

  • Improve dull or dry skin texture
  • Refine appearance of fine lines
  • Reduce appearance of pores
  • Soften rough or thickened skin

Avoid microdermabrasion if you have:

  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Open sores
  • Widespread acne
  • Active sunburn

Dermaplaning 

The natural cell turnover process slows down as we age, leaving dead cells layered on the surface of our skin that accentuate the lines, roughness and unevenness. Dermaplaning removes these dead skin cells as well as vellus hair, commonly referred to as “peach fuzz,” for a more smooth, youthful appearance. (Don’t worry, your hair will not grow back darker and thicker — dermaplaning doesn’t affect the stem cells of hair follicles). It’s a gentle, physical exfoliation treatment that rejuvenates the skin and leaves it smooth, supple and vibrant.

Before the procedure, the face is prepped and cleansed. Then, a 45-degree scalpel-like device is used to gently scrape the top layer of skin. We also often pair the treatment with a chemical peel to enhance effectiveness. With little-to-no downtime, clients can enjoy immediate results. We suggest treatments every four to six weeks.

Benefits:

  • Reduces uneven skin tone and acne scars
  • Smooths textured skin
  • Minimizes appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enhances effectiveness of skin care products
  • Creates an even base for makeup to glide on easily

Avoid dermaplaning if:

  • You have very thin skin
  • You have severe acne
  • You have lesions on your skin

While both microdermabrasion and dermaplaning are effective exfoliating treatments that activate cell regeneration and leave healthy, rejuvenated and youthful-looking skin, they employ very different techniques. Give us a call if you’re considering one of these treatment methods. We would love to evaluate your skin type, and suggest a method that will perfectly suit your needs.

 

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