Dermaplaning vs Microdermabrasion

Your face is ready for more than a facial. It needs extra treatment that will give it the beauty boost it deserves.

So now you’re flipping through the spa pamphlet or scrolling through your favorite medical spa website trying to figure out what the next right step is but there are so many choices! And no one is breaking down for you what the treatments really involve. So what to do?

There are so many varieties of exfoliating treatments; it can be challenging to know which treatment is right for you and your skin if you’ve finally got it narrowed down to microdermabrasion or dermaplaning— congratulations!

That was a tough task. But now, how to decide? Microdermabrasion? Dermaplaning? Microdermabrasion? Dermaplaning? Maybe you’ve been here before and last time you were so frustrated choosing between the two that you finally just flipped a coin.

You’re not alone. Before you flip another coin, read on. We’re going to succinctly detail out how each treatment works, what to expect from the treatment, and who, if anyone, should avoid the treatment. We’re here to help you get a clear understanding so you’ll never need to flip a coin again.

Exfoliation Procedures

Exfoliation procedures usually offer similar results— it’s the techniques and practices that differ. Both microdermabrasion and derma-planing are non-invasive, fast, effective, exfoliation procedures that require little to no recovery time.

They both offer the benefits of advanced exfoliation like softer, smoother skin, anti-aging properties, and a healthy, glowing complexion.  And they both address renewing wrinkles and dull skin to expose another skin level. But there are differences between how the two treatments are performed and who they are recommended for.

Microdermabrasion and How It Works

The term microderm is in the daily spa rhetoric. For the past few years, it is has been one of the top non-surgical treatments used to rejuvenate and renew facial skin.

Microdermabrasion involves spraying your skin with an exfoliant while simultaneously sucking debris from your skin. This exposes a new layer of skin and cleans the pores until they are totally free of debris.

What you may not know is that there are two types of micro-dermabrasion treatment options: diamond and crystal microdermabrasion.

Diamond Microdermabrasion

Diamond microderm is the most commonly used. It gently removes the top layers of dead, dull skin cells using a crushed diamond-encrusted vacuum suction wand. This process creates minor abrasions on the skin as the wand is dragged across the epidermis to vacuum away debris.

A good thing to keep in mind: Because the aesthetician provides the manual pressure needed to correctly exfoliate the skin, choose an aesthetician who is highly proficient in this technique!

Crystal Microdermabrasion

Crystal microdermabrasion uses a vacuum machine that shoots aluminum oxide crystals at the skin to exfoliate away dead skin cells.

A good thing to keep in mind: since this form of microderm treatment relies on the accuracy of the machine, it is considered less reliable and even less effective.


You should expect to schedule 5 sessions with an aesthetician to see optimal results. Micro-dermabrasion results in:

  • A smooth skin texture
  • Brighter complexion
  • Increased collagen production

It also softens fine lines and wrinkles and reduces acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and pore size.

Just Say No to Microdermabrasion…

If you suffer from skin conditions that cause redness, such as rosacea or are very redness-prone. The treatment may be too harsh for your skin type and may worsen existing:

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Sensitivity

If you have sensitive skin. The procedure uses suction to pick up dead skin cells. This suction can cause inflammation, which is the biggest cause of aging. Your skin may become irritated, turn red, or peel for days after receiving a treatment.

Dermaplaning and How It Works

Dermaplaning is a form of exfoliation in which the aesthetician uses a sharp surgical blade- think of a scalpel- to manually slough and scrape off any build-up of dead skin cells and peach fuzz on the face.

Although it sounds scary, dermaplaning is basically like shaving. An aesthetician will take a surgical blade and gently scrape it across your face.

A good thing to keep in mind: although this procedure is painless, the aesthetician will be using a sharp blade on your face so only make an appointment with someone you trust!


Results will be seen immediately after treatment. Skin will be smooth, soft, and radiant. Fine lines, wrinkles, mild acne scars, and dry skin will be refined. The procedure removes “peach fuzz,” which can trap dirt and oil, causing breakouts and a dull complexion.

And don’t worry, your “peach fuzz” hair will not grow back darker or thicker. Other great news is that because you have removed a lot of dead skin cells, your skincare products will better penetrate your skin when you apply them, making them more effective.

Just Say No to Dermaplaning…

If you have highly reactive, super sensitive skin (like those with rosacea or keratosis pilaris),

If you have inflamed acne.

In general, dermaplaning is appropriate for most people. It is a gentler approach than microdermabrasion.

In Conclusion…

If you didn’t fit into either of the “just say no to…” categories and you are still on the fence about which treatment option to choose, no problem.

We’ll make it simple:

  • Microdermabrasion is the way to go if you have dark spots, clogged pores, and hyperpigmentation.
  • Derma-planing is the answer if you like your skin or feel that dry skin is more your issue.

Exfoliation is a very good thing. It helps our skin’s natural regeneration process and is an important part of any anti-aging beauty routine.

We hope we’ve made it easier for you to make a decision about which treatment is right for you and your skin. If you have any other questions or would like to schedule an appointment contact us today! We’ll be happy to help you get to your premium glow!


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Dermaplaning vs Microdermabrasion
Exfoliation is a very good thing. It helps our skin’s natural regeneration process and is an important part of any anti-aging beauty routine.

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