The Difference Between Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion

The Difference Between Dermabrasion and MicrodermabrasionWhen it comes to the skin, there are so many factors that go into how it looks and feels. Dull skin, signs of aging, and other problems are extremely common, but you don’t have to live with them. There are many different treatments available for improving the appearance of the skin and for looking younger. Because there are so many options for anti-aging, it can be overwhelming for prospective patients to choose the procedure that is right for them. Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, for instance, sound very similar. But how much do these two procedures really have in common?

Different Purposes

One of the first differences between the two procedures is that they have different goals and purposes. Dermabrasion is a type of facial “sanding” and resurfacing technique for facial skin irregularities, and is best for difficult issues such as scarring and pitting from acne. Shallower scars respond better to treatment than deeper problems.

Microdermabrasion on the other hand, is used for more superficial skin refreshment to help achieve more youthful, vibrant skin. It is also known as the “California Peel” and it is used to sweep away dull and damaged skin cells. It is not used to treat specific skin problems in most cases, but is often used as a supplemental treatment or for those who want a brighter complexion overall.

Invasive vs. Non-Invasive

Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are also very different in the level of invasiveness and downtime they require. Dermabrasion requires either general anesthetic or local anesthetic and freezing sprays in order to keep the patient comfortable, while microdermabrasion is a completely non-invasive procedure that only involves slight redness following treatment.

The dermabrasion procedure involves the use of a rotary tool to actually thin the skin. This results in an intense recovery time, with the face becoming red, swollen, and oozing for a time. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities in about two weeks, but the face will have residual redness for about six months following treatment.

Microdermabrasion is performed using gentle aluminum oxide crystals to brush away dull surface skin. The treatments are brief and involve no downtime.

Standalone and Supplemental

Dermabrasion is generally used in cases of scarring and is a standalone procedure with a very specific purpose. Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, can be a great skin prep option, and a supplement to a number of other effective treatments, depending on the patient’s goals. Microdermabrasion can be repeated every week or two weeks, and most patients benefit from a series of two to twelve treatments, depending on the situation. Only the patient and doctor can decide on an appropriate treatment plan.

Totally Different

As you can see, the two procedures have almost nothing in common, and are not appropriate for every patient. Because there are so many options available, it is best to discuss your goals with a qualified facial plastic surgeon and get a personalized recommendation for the treatment that is likely to work best for your needs.

If you need assistance in the Birmingham or Dearborn, MI areas, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic surgery and speak with our board certified plastic surgeons. Our staff has decades of experience and offer a wide range of effective skin treatments designed to treat almost any issue. Call 866-487-3223 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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