What is the Difference between Microneedling and Microdermabrasion?

Posted on July 9, 2021 under Non-Invasive

Both microneedling and microdermabrasion are cosmetic treatments that can make your skin look better. However, while the microdermabrasion process exfoliates dead skin cells and opens up pores to reveal brighter skin, the microneedling process breaks through the skin surface very slightly to promote collagen production.

What is the Difference?

Microdermabrasion is a skin resurfacing technique that uses fine crystals and special suction device to gently blast away dead skin cells and clear out pores. Using a very specific tool, the skin is treated to a detailed course of exfoliation, going only deep enough to take off dead skin cells and promote new growth. Clogged pores will also be ground out and cleansed via the detailed vacuuming process.

Microneedling is done with a carefully designed tool that makes tiny breaks or channels in the skin. As the skin is pierced, the immune system sends collagen to heal the breaks in the top layer, resulting in firmer skin and better absorption of serums and topical treatments.

While microdermabrasion can work well on issues like fine lines by promoting new cell growth, microneedling stimulates collagen, which forms fuller bonds in the skin, breaking up the depth of acne scars and stretchmarks.

Do the Procedures Hurt?

Microdermabrasion may feel like suction, and the crystals are small enough that you should not feel the abrasive process.

Microneedling is different for each person. Before your treatment, the skin will be cleansed and a numbing cream will be applied to prevent any risk of feeling the needles piercing the skin.

What Do I Need to Do Before the Treatment?

Before any treatment, you will receive a consultation with Dr. Basile to discuss your expectations and long term goals. Before microdermabrasion, your skin will be cleansed but there is otherwise no other preparation needed.

Microneedling candidates may need to stop medications that put them at risk of excess bleeding or bruising. However, this risk is extremely small.

How Long Will I Need to Recover?

Microdermabrasion has no downtime. It is a very good idea to use sun protection of some sort when you leave our facility. Dr. Basile may instruct you not to wear makeup for a short period of time to give the skin time to heal.

Microneedling can lead to redness at the site of treatment. Take care to guard yourself from sun exposure and avoid strenuous exercise. This is a great excuse to go home and relax, taking a self-care day.

What Are My Surgeon’s Qualifications?

Dr. Patrick Basile is a board-certified physician with expertise in reconstructive as well as plastic surgeries. The requirements to earning and maintaining board certification are both rigorous and ongoing. This is why you should always trust your medical aesthetic treatments to someone like Dr. Basile, who is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of care and the latest best practices.

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We are happy to answer your questions and discuss your current concerns and long-term cosmetic goals during a consultation with our staff. You can schedule a consultation online or by contacting our office. You deserve to be confident in your appearance and we are thrilled to help you reach your goals!