Microdermabrasion VS. Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion VS. Microdermabrasion

The pictures before and after Dermabrasion

Microdermabrasion VS. Dermabrasion


Do you know the difference between Microdermabrasion and Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is the surgical removal of skin blemishes or imperfections (as scars or tattoos) by abrasion (as with sandpaper or wire brush).  This procedure can remove many layers of the skin.

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure in which all or part of the stratum corneum (out-most layer of the skin, composed of dead flat cells converted to keratin that continually flakes away) is removed by light abrasion, used to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin, treat hyper-pigmentation and reduce or remove scars. It is more superficial than DermabrasionMicrodermabrasion removes only the top layer of skin.

A Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon will perform the Dermabrasion procedure in their office and it will require some type of anesthesia.  There is also a recovery time associated with this procedure.  It will take 5 to 8 days for new skin to re-grow.  Once new skin growth has occurred the new skin will be red in color.  The redness usually takes 6 to 12 weeks to fade.   You will also need to avoid using foundation until the skin has healed, so do follow the doctor’s instructions.

Microdermabrasion can be done at a spa, beauty clinic or at home.  There are machines that you can purchase to use at home, but why not just use a gentle recipe to exfoliate your skin. Each time you exfoliate, you are removing the top layer of dead skin cells, which is Microdermabrasion.  Depending on how sensitive your skin is, there could be redness for a few hours after a treatment.

After either procedure, you need to protect the new skin from skin damage, so please wear an appropriate sunscreen.  Even wear the sunscreen when it is a cloudy day since the UV rays continue to come through the clouds.

There are several Microdermabrasion recipes that you can make at home and use.  There is also a Dermabrasion recipe, from the Dr.  Oz show, that you can do from your own home.  Find them in the  Microdermabrasion recipes or Dermabrasion recipes section on this site.

Tip to remember with any skin care program:

Always be very gentle with your skin.  Your skin is your first line of defense since it is your largest system and organ, but it is also very fragile and easily torn.