Microdermabrasion vs Dermaplaning – what’s best for your skin?

by | Jun 27, 2018

When considering a facial treatment, Microdermabrasion and Dermaplaning are two of the most popular options and are very similar. Despite many claims, they will NOT improve wrinkles and acne scars but do provide many benefits! How do you pick the right treatment for you? Here are a few things to consider.



Microdermabrasion is a popular non-surgical treatment that aims to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. It uses a diamond tip to gently exfoliate and loosen layers of dead skin cells from the skin surface. These dead cells are then gently sucked away via a vacuum.

The process stimulates blood flow, leaving the skin feeling soft, smooth and firm. It also aids in reducing the appearance of large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as encouraging the body to create fresh cells.

The entire process is painless and takes approximately 20 minutes to one hour. We recommend a series of regular treatments to ensure the best results. The treatment is good for all skin colors and most types, however if you suffer from skin conditions like eczema or rosacea, then this treatment may irritate your skin and might not be right for you.

Benefits of Microdermabrasion include:

– reducing the appearance of large pores

– improving dry, dull and uneven looking skin

– softening rough or textured skin

– clearing blackheads and pores



Dermaplaning is a form of exfoliation, in which a sharp surgical blade is used at a 45-degree angle to gently scrape off any build-up of dead skin cells on the face. It removes ‘peach fuzz’ – also known as vellus hair, which can trap dirt, cause breakouts and create a dull looking complexion. The Dermaplaning treatment rejuvenates the skin and leaves you with a healthy glow as well as a very smooth skin surface.

Dermaplaning is completely painless and quick with no recovery time. It’s also suitable for all skin colors and most skin types, including those who suffer from redness or sensitive skin. The treatment must be done by an experienced and fully trained technician or you may run the risk of getting nicked by the blade.

Benefits of Dermaplaning include:

– reducing uneven skin tone

– creating a smooth, even base to apply makeup and skincare

– smoothing rough skin and brightening skin


So how do you pick which treatment is best for you?

Microdermabrasion may be the better choice if you have a lot of blackheads and unless you have eczema or Rosacea, either treatment will give you glowing, smooth skin! They are both great for removing dead skin cells prior to laser treatments and chemical peels as well and will allow your skin care products to penetrate better. Make sure that your technician follows the treatment with a soothing and hydrating skin care product and a good mineral sunscreen. Do not use any skin care products with acids or retinol for at least 24 hours after the treatments to avoid any irritation.

To get even more from your skincare regimen consider IPL Photofacials for dull skin or Morpheus microneedling treatments to tighten skin along the jawline, around the eyes and along the neck. To round out your treatments, you can always combine them with laser hair removal to to effectively remove any and all unwanted hair. 


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