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Dermabrasion vs Microdermabrasion: What's The Difference

If you want a younger looking, more vibrant, and beautiful appearance, skin resurfacing treatments are an excellent choice. Learn the difference between microdermabrasion and dermabrasion treatments, and find out which one is right for you.

Aging is one of the biggest skin concerns of our patients, including worries of facial lines, dark eye circles, and skin dullness. The good news? At our Kelowna clinic, we offer the most advanced anti-aging treatments to help you easily and quickly fix these issues.

Some of our non-invasive, anti-aging treatments include:

  • Botox

  • Juvederm

  • Microdermabrasion

  • Chemical Peels

  • IPL Photorejuvenation


Do You Want to Look Younger Instantly? Our Skin Care Experts Can Help

In today’s fast-paced world, patients want to look their best without having to undergo extensive surgeries with long healing times. Luckily, our anti-aging treatments such as Botox and Microdermabrasion, offer beautiful and instant results that can keep you looking younger for longer.

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Dermabrasion vs Microdermabrasion - What’s the Difference?

Whatever skin issues you are dealing with, be it acne, wrinkles, or scarring, skin resurfacing is an excellent way to help your skin look smooth and youthful. It works by removing the upper layers of your skin, thereby stimulating your body’s natural healing process.

The results? The growth of new layers of skin that are infinitely more vibrant, healthy, and beautiful.

Two of the most common forms of skin resurfacing are dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, and while they may sound similar, they’re very different in terms of risks and results.

What is Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is the controlled surgical method of removing the uppermost layers of your skin, triggering the growth of new and youthful skin beneath. During this treatment, a handheld device is used to peel away the layers of skin using a rotating wheel layered with wire brushes.

Dermabrasion is intensive

  • Unlike microdermabrasion, dermabrasion is quite invasive and may require the use of local or general anesthesia.

  • Depending on the patient’s needs, the procedure can take up to two hours to complete.

  • The recovery period for dermabrasion is fairly long (10-14 days), depending on the degree of resurfacing done.

  • During the healing period, patients may experience some pain which can be controlled using pain medication.

  • Your skin will also be temporarily red, swollen, or irritated, though this should subside as your skin heals.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that removes the upper layers of dead skin through controlled exfoliation. Similar to dermabrasion, this procedure uses a handheld device which is guided over the skin by a specialist to provide light and gentle abrasion.

Microdermabrasion Provides Light Exfoliation

  • Microdermabrasion targets dead skin cells, while leaving viable skin cells alone.

  • This means that it is not as painful as a dermabrasion treatment and requires minimal recovery time.

  • Patients can expect their skin to feel renewed and totally refreshed immediately following a treatment.


Microdermabrasion vs Dermabrasion

The main difference between these two treatments is the intensity of resurfacing: dermabrasion is a more intense version of microdermabrasion and forcibly removes deeper layers. So while microdermabrasion only removes dead or dying skin, dermabrasion goes deeper and removes layers of the skin that are still viable (alive).

What This Means

  • Dermabrasion produces more dramatic results compared to microdermabrasion.

  • It is of greater benefit to patients dealing with more severe skin issues (eg. intense pigmentation, acne scarring, or deeper wrinkles).

  • The treatment involves a significant amount of pain and discomfort, as well as a longer recovery time, as compared to microdermabrasion.

  • Patients who undergo dermabrasion may be at greater risks than those who opt for microdermabrasion, such as infection, permanent changes in skin color, and scarring.

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To find out if our Kelowna DiamondTome Microdermabrasion treatment is right for you, contact one of our skin specialists at  250-868-9099 or fill in our online contact form.

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