Microdermabrasion vs. Dermaplaning? Which is Right for Me?

By: Our Team

9/11/2023

microdermabrasion

microdermabrasion with regular treatments


Microdermabrasion vs. Dermaplaning

Exfoliation is great for the skin, especially your face. It will leave you looking brighter, can help prevent breakouts, and increase your skincare products' efficacy by increasing absorption. Maintaining a long term exfoliation routine will increase collagen production, which will prevent fine lines and wrinkles, while improving the skins appearance. How do you know which treatment is best for your skin and goals? First we need to distinguish the differences and explore the advantages before you can determine which is right for you. 


Microdermabrasion  is done with a vacuum suction wand that is encrusted with diamonds. It gently eliminates the top layers of dead and dull skin. It can take a minimum of 5 sessions to see the best results. Microdermabrasion is recommended for those whose skin feels drab or lackluster. 

Some benefits of microdermabrasion include: 

  • Smoother skin  
  • Brighter complexion  
  • Increased collagen production  
  • Softer fine lines and wrinkles  
  • Reduced acne scars 
  • Reduced hyperpigmentation  
  • Smaller pores 

After the treatment your skin will feel baby smooth and less variance in pigmentation. Mild acne scarring will be less noticeable and dead skin cells will be removed, leaving your face feeling cleaner than ever. 

It is a painless treatment that can be added to any facial service. It can take up to a week for redness to fade, depending on your skin sensitivity. 


Dermaplaning is a treatment that requires an aesthetician to manually scrape built-up dead skin cells and vellus hair or "peach fuzz" with a sharp surgical blade. These tiny hairs harbor dirt and oil, which contribute to breakouts and a dull, diminished complexion. 

Some benefits of dermaplaning include:  

  • Smoother, more radiant skin  
  • Softer fine lines and wrinkles 
  • Reduced acne scarring  
  • Removal of vellus hair (it will not grow back darker or thicker) 

Dermaplaning can show amazing results after one treatment, with no recovery time needed. Skin can appear red for a few hours post treatment, but will not last long term like it can with microdermabrasion. Dermaplaning is recommended for more sensitive and reactive skin. It is most effective on aging, acne-scarred, and dry skin types. It can be added to any facial service. 

Deciding between the two treatments can be difficult, especially if you have a normal skin type that can make you well suited for either. The best option for you depends on your specific skin concerns and needs, but both treatments have the potential to benefit your skin immensely. 

If you are unsure of your skin type and need assistance in deciding which treatment would be better for you, call and schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable aesthetician, Jessica, today and start your skincare journey (or just treat yourself to a nice facial). 

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dermaplaning during treatment

*All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.