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Dermabrasion & Microdermabrasion: What's the difference?When it comes to your appearance, controlling your skin's condition can be one of the most difficult tasks you may face. The skin is influenced by many factors in our lives, including the environment, medications we take, the food we eat, sun exposure, and genetics. Learning how to control your skin can be easy once you learn about the many positive treatments available to you.

Many treatments are available to help your skin become more radiant, vibrant, and youthful again! Improving the skin and reducing signs of aging can be easy once you've found the right treatment for you. Two procedures that can have a powerful impact on your skin are dermabrasion and microderabrasion. While they may sound similar, there are many differences between these two treatments. It is important to understand the differences between these treatments when determining which one is best for you and your lifestyle. Dr. Masri and his staff can help you with this journey and develop a customized treatment plan just for you.


The goal and purpose of dermabrasion is to resurface the skin. This can eliminate many facial skin irregularities that may be present. This is a sanding technique that allows the skin to become smooth. This treatment is great for those who have facial scarring or acne pitting. Deep wrinkles and scar tissue may also be improved. Dermabrasion will remove shallow scars that are on the surface, but may not be able to reach very deep imperfections.

How Does Dermabrasion Work?

Dermabrasion treatments are performed in an office setting and require medication to make the patient comfortable. Usually either general anesthesia or  local anesthesia will be administered. The procedure itself is considered to be invasive because an abrasive instrument is utilized to thin the layers of the skin and remove the damaged skin cells.

After the treatment the patient will experience a red and swollen face. This will last for at least one to two weeks and some liquid may ooze from various sites on the skin. Patients who undergo dermabrasion treatments usually go back to work within two weeks and resume regular activities at that time. Some areas of redness can continue to be present on the skin for up to six months. This can be a huge factor when determining which skin treatment technique fits your lifestyle needs. Due to the intense nature of the procedure and the recovery process, the treatment will be discussed with the patient and will be performed based on their needs. This procedure is generally not performed in conjunction with other treatments. Most patients find that one dermabrasion treatment can produce very dramatic results.

What Dermabrasion Can Do For You!

As with any procedure it is very important to have a realistic goal and vision prior to treatment. Dermabrasion will thin the skin and reduce the appearance of irregularities in the skin. The surface issues will become more subtle and less noticeable to others. The procedure will allow for the improvement of many facial concerns that the patient may have. However, the treatment cannot entirely remove scar tissue from the surface of the skin. The treatment works best on scars and other imperfections that are shallow and wider compared to those that are narrow and set deeper into the skin. Although not all of the facial issues the patient has may be corrected, some areas can be greatly improved with this treatment and results are usually very dramatic.


Microdermabrasion is a softer technique that does not necessarily sand down the facial surface. This very affordable treatment can help make the face more youthful again by rejuvenating it on the surface layer. The damaged skin cells on the skin are removed with this technique which allows new skin cells to grow. The treatment can help provide a smooth and bright complexion, but cannot assist in correcting severe skin problems. Microdermabrasion is often referred to as the California Peel and it is a great treatment to use in conjunction with other procedures like laser treatments.

How Does Microdermabrasion Work?

Microdermabrasion is safe for all skin tones and does not utilize harsh chemicals. This is a non-invasive procedure that does not require intense anesthesia. The treatment is performed utilizing aluminum oxide crystals and a brush that are able to remove the dullness in the skin. The skin will become more vibrant after the dead skin cells on the surface are removed, and the face will be rejuvenated. This treatment takes just 30-40 minutes to complete in an office setting.

What To Expect After Microdermabrasion

This microdermabrasion treatment will leave the facial area appearing red after the treatment. However, patients can immediately resume regular activities. There is no downtime required after the treatment and few side effects. The treatment can be repeated almost as often as the patient desires. Typically every one to two weeks is sufficient to continue the amazing results.

The impact of microdermabrasion can be observed after two to twelve treatments, depending on the patient’s skin. The treatment is a great option to utilize since it is not harmful or destructive to the skin. Once treatment has begun, Dr. Masri and his staff can assist in determining a treatment plan and the number of treatments that may be needed.

Get Clearer Skin Today!

Depending on your skin treatment needs, dermabrasion or microdermabrasion may be right for you! There are many options available and these two treatments are just some of the many facial procedures that Dr. Masri and his staff can perform. It is very important to schedule a consultation with the Masri Clinic today to discuss your concerns and possible treatment options. Dr. Masri and his staff will create an individualized plan to suit your specific goals and needs. Contact Dr. Masri and his staff today by calling 866-487-3223 for a free consultation.

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