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Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion

Although both dermaplaning and microdermabrasion achieve similar results of improving the appearance and texture of facial skin, they work in unique ways.

What Are the Differences Between Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion?

With Dermaplaning, the doctor uses a medical blade called a dermatome to shave off surface layers of skin. Depending on the amount of skin-targeted, this procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour to complete.

Microdermabrasion entails using tiny diamond-shaped crystals to slough off dead skin cells. Along with promoting the natural production of collagen, this rejuvenates the skin. This treatment is fast, pain-free, and leads to little or no redness or downtime. This unique approach improves the skin’s texture, regardless of skin type. Because each treatment takes only 15 to 30 minutes to complete, many people refer to microdermabrasion as the “lunchtime peel.”

How Are Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion Performed?

As mentioned, dermaplaning involves shaving off surface layers of the skin and hair, whereas, microdermabrasion removes the outer layer of the skin to reduce or eliminate the appearance of scars and wrinkles. While a medical blade is used for dermplaning, a diamond wheel with rough edges or a wire brush for microdermabrasion. The rotation of the tool smooths and levels the skin’s surface.

Along with improving the texture and appearance of damaged skin from scars and lines, microdermabrasion is an excellent solution for patients with rosacea.

What is the Recovery Time?

For both procedures, it takes roughly three months to begin seeing a change. Throughout the healing process, it is essential that you follow the post-care instructions, such as staying out of the sun as much as possible.

Are There Any Side Effects?

The great thing about dermaplaning and microdermabrasion is that you can achieve healthier and more youthful looking skin without subjection to laser or harsh chemicals. Immediately following either of these procedures, it is common to experience some level of swelling and redness. There are no significant side effects to either treatment.

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