Microdermabrasion or Dermaplaning: Navigating Skin Rejuvenation for Your Perfect Match
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Microdermabrasion or Dermaplaning: Navigating Skin Rejuvenation for Your Perfect Match

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Choosing Between Microdermabrasion and Dermaplanin

Regular exfoliation is one of the best things you can do for your skin, especially the face. It removes dead skin cells, unclogs the pores, prevents breakouts, helps in skin cell turnover, and increases the efficacy of skin care products by boosting absorption.

A regular skin exfoliating routine also helps in increasing natural collagen production and improves elastin leading to a natural-looking glowing, smooth, youthful skin and preventing skin sagging and wrinkles.

The two most common skin exfoliation methods used by dermatologists worldwide are microdermabrasion and dermaplaning. They are both skin exfoliating procedures but differ in terms of procedure, results, and benefits and are better suited for particular skin concerns. So, which one is right for you?

Here is a comparison of the skin rejuvenation procedures microdermabrasion and dermaplaning so you can determine which is right for you.


The similarities

Both, microdermabrasion and dermaplaning are done by expert aestheticians in the clinic. Both are painless procedures and are often included in facial appointments to renew the skin.

Both procedures give a noticeable glow to the skin and give almost immediate results. Sometimes some dermatologists do both procedures and include it in the microdermabrasion treatment cost in India to target problem areas and give a rejuvenated look. both procedures remove dead skin cells from the face and remove years from the face.


The differences

What is microdermabrasion?

First developed in Europe in the 1980s, microdermabrasion benefit is that it is a simple and inexpensive procedure to restore youthful facial skin. It is a tried and tested exfoliating treatment. It works by removing the dead upper skin layer to reveal the new skin layer underneath.

This is done by moving a microdermabrasion handheld device over the skin that scrubs the skin. The micro-injuries created by the procedure push the skin in healing mode and increase collagen and elastin production. As the device moves over the skin it also suctions off the dead skin cells

There are two common types of microdermabrasion

  • Diamond microdermabrasion: This is the most common and modern type of skin exfoliation. The microdermabrasion device has a suction device that is covered in tiny diamonds which when moved up the skin exfoliates. The intensity of the treatment depends on the skill of the practitioner as a certain level of pressure is needed to exfoliate the skin effectively and evenly.
  • Crystal microdermabrasion: This technique is more machine-dependent and has a vacuum attached to it that sprays crystals on the skin as it is moved. These crystals exfoliate the skin.

Microdermabrasion procedures take about 30 minutes to complete. The microdermabrasion cost in India varies with the type of treatment option chosen and the number of sessions needed.

Results of microdermabrasion

Post microdermabrasion you will notice the following noticeable differences in your skin

  • Smoother skin
  • Visibly brighter complexion
  • Improved skin tightening with collagen production
  • Softer fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduced appearance of acne scars
  • Reduced pigmentation marks
  • Small pores

Generally, microdermabrasion is done over a sequence of treatments, and depending on the skin type they can range from 3-5 treatments spaced 7-10 days apart. Post treatment the skin might be a little pink but the procedure is painless. The normal skin color returns slowly as the new skin heals and the results improve with every treatment.

Microdermabrasion is not suitable for people with highly sensitive skin. it can be hard on sensitive skin. if you have a skin condition such as rosacea then your dermatologist might not recommend the treatment for you.  Pregnant people should avoid getting microdermabrasion treatment.

What is dermaplaning?

A slightly older procedure than microdermabrasion, dermaplaning came into existence in the 1970s and was traditionally used as a treatment for pimples, especially acne vulgaris caused because of clogged skin pores due to dead facial skin, bacteria, oils, etc. These also include blackheads, whiteheads and cysts, etc.

Dermaplaning gives more control to the aesthetician as they have to manually scrape off the dead skin cells from the face using a surgical blade. The blade is sharp so it needs great attention. Along with the dead skin cells, the peach fuzz on the skin also is removed.

These tiny hairs or the vellus hair are often the hotbeds for dirt and oil which can increase the breakouts and even dull the complexion. it kind of looks like shaving but is much different.

During the procedure, the blade is moved on the skin surface at a 45-degree angle gently. It takes away about two weeks of dirt, dead skin cells, and excess oil from the face. The procedure is usually combined with a light chemical peel for a strong exfoliation.

Dermaplaning is an excellent procedure for people suffering from any kind of acne and has many other benefits such as

  • Immediate results with smoother and radiant skin
  • Softer or reduced light lines and wrinkles
  • Less visible acne scarring
  • Reduced vellus hair
  • Helps in better skin care product absorption

The hair does not grow back thicker or darker. The results are seen after one session and there is no need to wait for a recovery time. The entire procedure is painless and done in an outpatient setting. Its zero-recovery time has made it very popular with celebrities worldwide.

Dermaplaning is suitable for all skin types even for those who suffer from redness or sensitivity. Aging, acne-scarred dry skin benefits from this procedure the most.

Dermaplaning does not unclog the pores and can sometimes it can cause breakouts with oily skin hence it is necessary to take good care of oily skin post dermaplaning treatment. Also, it is not a permanent hair removal process.

Dermaplaning vs microdermabrasion: Which should you choose?

It can be difficult to choose between the two, especially for first-timers and those with normal skin types.

  • If you have an immediate need for skin rejuvenation and need to get rid of dull skin, scarring, and signs of aging without redness or downtime, then dermaplaning is the way to go.
  • If you are pregnant or have sensitive skin or nursing or have recently had a chemical peel then dermaplaning will be the better option.
  • If the choice is to get rid of age spots, blackheads, dry skin, dull skin, stretch marks, sun damage, melasma, and pigmentation along with tightened skin then microdermabrasion will be a good choice.
  • If you are suffering from a fresh bout of breakouts then wait for a few weeks before exfoliation procedures.
  • Microdermabrasion is not suitable for people who have been on acne medication or have spots on the skin that can be a cause of concern or if your skin is prone to scarring.

If you are thinking of getting both, then it always will be dermaplaning before microdermabrasion. This ensures that microdermabrasion removes more debris and is highly effective. There is no right choice between the two, it will depend on the skin woes and needs.

Dermaplaning is a better choice if you have a thinner and sensitive skin. Talk to the dermatologist about the type of skin you have, the skin concern and which treatment will suit you the best. Make sure that your skin is sun-protected well after the treatments.



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Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Co-founder of The Esthetic Clinics, is one of the best dermatologists in the world & currently practices in Mumbai, India. Dr. Rinky Kapoor is a Consultant Cosmetic Dermatologist, Cosmetologist & Trichologist at S L Raheja Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, India. Dr. Kapoor is trained at the National Skin Centre, Singapore & at Stanford University, USA. A celebrity skin doctor, Dr. Rinky Kapoor has won many honors such as “Best Dermatologist in Mumbai”, “Most Valuable & Admired Cosmetic Dermatologist in India” & “Best Dermatologist in India”, etc for her expert dermatology care, affordable & reliable skin care, hair care & nail care Read more

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