Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion Facials
Birmingham medical aesthetician Our Aestheticians offers a wide variety of anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatments to give you a younger appearance and dramatically smoother, glowing completion. Two of our most popular facial treatments are Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion.
Many people have asked us what the difference is between dermaplaning and microdermabrasion is, and which is better for them. While both treatments offer exfoliated skin, they are very different procedures. In this article we explain the similarities and differences between Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion.
Dermaplaning exfoliates the top layer of your skin, which removes about 21 days’ worth of dead skin cells, and also gets rid of fine, vellus facial hair (aka “peach fuzz”).
A trained and licensed aesthetician uses a sterilized, medical grade, scalpel to gently stroke the face to exfoliate.
Since it is a manual non-chemical procedure, pregnant and nursing women’s can have a dermaplaning facial without worrying about absorbing the ingredients used in chemical peels. However, it is not a good treatment for people with active, cystic or enflamed acne.
Microdermabrasion is a more aggressive form of exfoliation that uses abrasion, pressure, and suction facial during treatments. However, microdermabrasion does not remove vellus hair (“peach fuzz”) from the face.
A pen-like applicator is employed by the aesthetician to either pressure spray abrasive micro-crystals onto the face and/or to abrade the skin with diamond tip. Suction is then used to remove the dead skin cells, oil and debris from the surface and from the pores.
Because microdermabrasion facials are more aggressive, some redness is to be expected. Care must be taken by a skilled aesthetician to not go “too far” and cause excessive irritation or bruising.
What’s Better Dermaplaning or Microdermabrasion?
The answer to this question depends upon the condition of your skin as well as your beauty goals. Our Aestheticians will assess your skin and discuss your options so you can decide what is best for you.
Generally, dermaplaning is best for dry to normal skin and mild to moderate fine lines and wrinkles. Dermaplaning is safer for a wider range of skin types because it doesn’t suck or pull at the skin like microdermabrasion does.
Dermaplaning is also an excellent option for women who are bothered by “peach fuzz” or who are on-camera, under-the-spotlight, or who wear more makeup – as it removes the fine hairs that cause caking and offers a smooth “photo-finish”.
Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, is more well suited for the treatment of deeper lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, or skin with irregular texture. However, because it is more aggressive, microdermabrasion is not recommended for people with rosacea, broken capillaries or excessively dry skin.
No matter which treatment you choose, it is extremely important to follow up with broad-spectrum sunscreen protection, to prevent sun damage and hyperpigmentation as well as to protect your results and extend the benefits of the procedures.
Birmingham’s Best Facials
Microdermabrasion and dermaplaning both resurface the facial skin and speed up cellular turnover, leading to smoother, younger-looking skin. Both are “manual” rather than chemical procedures, and neither require down time.
Our Aestheticians will meet with you to assess your skin, discuss your beauty goals and explain which treatments are best for your skin type. She offers the absolute best technologies in anti-aging facials and skin rejuvenation. Schedule a consultation to see which type of facial treatment is best for your skin type and beauty goals!
Schedule a Facial at our Birmingham MedSpa: 248.335.7200