What is the difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion?
While both dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are cosmetic treatments, they're really different in method and when to use them. By following your dermatologist's guidance, you can get clearer looking skin with these treatments. They're often used for facial skin – that's right, fewer pimples and more smiles are coming your way!
When to use dermabrasion or microdermabrasion?
So, which one is best for you? That depends on what skin area you want to focus on. Dermabrasion works best for improving the appearance of aged skin, pox marks, acne scars and scars from disease or accidents. It's great for any skin type and colour.
On the other hand, microdermabrasion is used for more surface-level changes to the skin. It doesn't work as deep below the skin's surface as dermabrasion does, instead focusing on the top layer. It's a light "peel" that gives you a fresher look and can improve superficial wrinkles. It'susually safer for fair skin than darker skin.
Dermabrasion versus Microdermabrasion: What happens during a typical treatment?
As the changes from dermabrasion are more substantial than microdermabrasion, it makes sense that their treatments are different. For dermabrasion, a dermatologist (or plastic surgeon, depending on the context) numbs the target area and then uses a special rotary instrument to remove skin layers, replacing them with new, smoother skin for a freshened look.
Meanwhile, microdermabrasion involves a simple procedure in which a dermatologist sprays small crystals on the skin to remove its top layer. There is no numbing medicine – in fact, it's much like an exfoliation that you've likely had before. The result is smoother, softer skin.
Differences in healing time
As you might expect, it takes longer to heal from dermabrasion than microdermabrasion. The average healing time for dermabrasion is 7-10 days, and your dermatologist can recommend medicines to take to ease any discomfort. After microdermabrasion, your skin looks slightly pink and feels tight; this lasts for about 24 hours. The specialist who did your procedure will advise you on after-care treatment to keep that fresh look too.
Meet with one of our experienced skin specialists for a consultation on how best to improve your skin. We can recommend whether dermabrasion or microdermabrasion can get you that clear skin you want.