Microdermabrasion Vs Dermabrasion

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Which Exfoliation Method is Best For You?

In today’s blog, Dr. Brian Peterson discusses the difference between two exfoliation treatments: dermabrasion and microdermabrasion and how these non-surgical skin treatments can help you achieve clear and beautiful skin.

Your skin is one of the most unique and complex aspects of your body. So when it comes to choosing the right treatment for it, several factors must be taken into consideration:

  • Skin pigmentation
  • Acne
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Oiliness
  • Dryness

Although they sound similar, microdermabrasion and dermabrasion can have drastically different results.

Knowing what each skin treatment involves, the recovery times and the expected results will help you and your doctor collaboratively make a decision on which option is right for you.

  MICRODERMABRASION DERMABRASION
What is it? Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure which replenishes the top layers of your skin by removing dead cells, debris and impurities. Dermabrasion removes one or more damaged outer layers of the skin until it is as smooth as possible.
How is it performed? Using a powerful handpiece called the DiamondTome, our experienced skin specialists will gently and effectively exfoliate the damaged top layer of your skin to reveal the newer and healthier skin below.

This skin treatment also uses a handheld electric device - one with a wire brush and a diamond coated steel ‘wheel’ which peels off the layers of skin.

It is a very effective acne treatment and in removing raised scars.

Is anesthetic required? No anesthetic is required For this skin treatment, local anesthesia or a numbing agent is used to reduce the discomfort.
How long does is this skin treatment procedure? 15-30 minutes (depending on the treatment area) 15-90 minutes (depending on the treatment area)
What is the recovery period? This skin treatment requires little to no downtime 10-14 days (depending on the severity of the resurfacing)
How often can I receive this treatment? To maintain the rejuvenating effects of microdermabrasion, it is recommended once a month for the best results. The removal of scars and growths on the skin using dermabrasion is permanent.


It is always best to consult your cosmetic surgeon prior to any skin treatment procedure. Dr. Brian Peterson can help you determine what will work best for your individual case and ensure that you accomplish your skin rejuvenation goals.

At Peterson MD, we use the advanced non-surgical skin treatments which can be customized to each patient, ensuring that all your cosmetic concerns are met.

Book a consultation today or contact our Kelowna cosmetic surgery clinic at 250-868-9099.


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