Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion may sound like very similar procedures, and while they both involve an exfoliation process, each procedure is helpful in different ways. When considering dermabrasion or microdermabrasion, it’s important to understand the benefits and risks of each types of procedure. Along with the help of a qualified doctor, you can choose the best option to help you achieve a healthy, glowing complexion.
Dermabrasion is a procedure completed by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist that involves a controlled surgical scraping of the skin. This essentially refinishes the top layers of skin to produces a smoother, rejuvenated appearance. This procedure was initially developed to assist in improving scars from accidents or surgeries. It also was found to improve pox marks, acne scars, keratoses and fine facial wrinkles. It has not been found to be effective in treating the pigment of birthmarks or burns. This procedure works well for those who have a fair skin, but individuals with darker skin can experience scarring from the procedure.
Dermabrasion is performed with anesthesia. This may involve local anesthesia with or without sedation, a numbing spray, or general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia is administered, the top layer of skin is scraped away using a motorized instrument with a rough wire brush or diamond particle burr. This continues until the safest level is reached in which the skin irregularity or imperfection is less visible. The procedure takes anywhere from a few minutes to 1.5 hours to complete.
After treatment, the skin will appear red and swollen, and you may experience a burning sensation for several days or longer. The treated skin will scab and crust over, but as this skin falls off it will reveal a new layer of tight, pink skin. Patients may need to apply ointment to the skin as it heals. It can take several weeks for the visible signs to resolve, but most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities after two weeks.
Microdermabrasion is a less invasive procedure than dermabrasion. Microdermabrasion involves using very small crystals that are sprayed onto the skin for exfoliating purposes. These crystals work great on problem areas such as age spots, dull skin, enlarged pores, brown spots and hyperpigmentation. Microdermabrasion can also lessen the appearance of stretch marks, acne scars, and fine lines and wrinkles, and produce a generally refreshed appearance to the skin. Microdermabrasion is not effective for deeper lines and wrinkles. This procedure is quick and recovery can take twenty-four hours.
Microdermabrasion begins with placing crystals onto the outer layer of skin. This is typically sprayed on and does not involve anesthesia because it is not aggressive. This exfoliation will rejuvenate the skin and make it brighert and softer The procedure can cause a mild burning sensation for about one day, but this will reside quickly. Makeup can be worn after twenty-four hours and normal activities can be resumed. This healing process is must faster than dermabrasion and has less of a chance for infections, scarring, and possible darkening of the skin that could be either temporary or permanent.
Which is Right for You?
Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion both have their advantages and disadvantages. Both of these forms of exfoliation help the skin and are beneficial in different ways. While dermabrasion can produce dramatic results, it is very important to allow enough time for the recovery and healing process as well as follow-up appointments. Microdermabrasion does not involve the lengthy recovery, but it cannot produce the same results as dermabrasion. The best way to know which procedure is right for you is with the help of a qualified and experienced doctor.
To learn more about dermabrasion, microdermabrasion and other skin rejuvenating procedure, contact renowned skincare and cosmetic dermatology experts Drs. Diane Walder and Stacy Chimento at their Miami office: 305-866-2177.