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Microdermabrasion vs Dermaplaning: Which is Right for You?

Every aesthetician, dermatologist, and skin specialist will tell you about the importance of exfoliation. Exfoliation removes the top dead layer of skin to smooth rough skin texture, increases product penetration, aids in clearing your pores of cellular debris, and overall brightens and rejuvenates your skin! However, there are many methods of exfoliation, especially when it comes to a clinical setting. Which treatment option is best suited for your skin type and concerns: microdermabrasion or dermaplaning?


What is microdermabrasion?


By using a diamond-tipped wand, microdermabrasion exfoliates and smooths out your skin. You likely know it as one of the most popular methods of exfoliation to receive in a clinic or spa. With this treatment, multiple sessions are required to see the best results. Most aestheticians recommend at least five sessions of microdermabrasion.


The process of microdermabrasion


Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, rejuvenating treatment for your skin. The diamond-tip wand has a light suction that removes dry, dead skin cells to smooth out your skin. Many find the procedure to be relaxing, and compare the feeling of the wand to a cat’s tongue. At LUXE Aesthetics, it is included with a full facial treatment.


What additional benefits are seen with microdermabrasion?


On top of all the general benefits of exfoliation, there are many other reasons why clients love microdermabrasion. It is best performed on skin that isn’t prone to sensitivity. People with rosacea and sensitive skin may want to skip out on this procedure. The additional benefits include:

  • Reduce acne and helps acne scars

  • Evens out skin tone and texture

  • Helps hyperpigmentation

  • Lessens fine lines and wrinkles

  • Allows for better penetration of skincare products

What is dermaplaning?


Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation, and of hair removal. By using a sterile, surgical steel blade, your aesthetician removes both dead skin and vellus hair (peach fuzz) from your face. Most clinical aestheticians include this treatment within a facial.


What to expect during a dermaplaning treatment


Since dermaplaning is often found within a full facial, you can expect a pampered treatment experience. Your aesthetican begins with a facial steam, massage, and manual extractions, if your skin needs it. Additionally, your aesthetician uses a treatment mask depending on your skin’s needs. Finally, your face is finished with clinical serums chosen specifically for you.


The advantages of dermaplaning


After a single dermaplaning session, you can expect to see these wonderful results in your skin:

  • Smooth, brighter looking skin

  • Softening of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Removal of facial hair (peach fuzz)

  • Smoother makeup application

Comparing microdermabrasion vs dermaplaning


While they often get compared, microdermabrasion and dermaplaning are fairly different procedures that address different skin concerns.


What skin problems do you want to address?


The easiest way to decide which treatment you should receive is to look at the skin problems that you want to treat. For example, if you want to lessen hyperpigmentation, melasma, or sun damage, you want to go for microdermabrasion. Dermaplaning won’t help to treat these concerns. However, both are exfoliating treatments that have similar core benefits.


Looking at the cost of each treatment


Looked at singularly, dermaplaning is the cheaper treatment option. Even when dermaplaning is combined with a full facial at LUXE Aesthetics, dermaplaning comes out to be $10 less than a microdermabrasion session.


Can you receive both microdermabrasion and dermaplaning together?


Depending on where you go, your aesthetician may be able to offer both treatments in one session. LUXE Aesthetics offers add-ons of both microdermabrasion or dermaplaning that you can ask for with any service. Of course, if you’re unsure of what would be best for you, talk with your aesthetician about the best service for you to reach your skin goals!


Which treatment should you get: dermaplaning or microdermabrasion?


Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as recommending one treatment over the other in all cases. Each person’s skin is unique and needs different care. Consult with your aesthetician about which option would produce the best results for your skin!


Are you a good candidate for both treatments?


As a guideline, almost all skin types are a good candidate for both treatments. There are exceptions, however. Like previously stated, those with sensitive skin or conditions that easily cause redness should skip out on microdermabrasion. Similarly, due to the use of a blade during dermaplaning, those with severe acne or eczema shouldn’t receive the procedure.


Which should you get first?


If you think you’re a good candidate for both treatments, but have trouble deciding which to book, you should ask your aesthetician. Generally though, a classic facial that includes dermaplaning is a great entry point for new clients into the world of clinical aesthetics. You see glowing results in a single treatment, and there is no downtime that you have to plan for.


Book an appointment with LUXE Aesthetics


Ready to see serious results with clinical aesthetics services? Book an appointment for microdermabrasion or dermaplaning with LUXE Aesthetics today! We personalize our treatments for better results, because we believe that no two clients have the same skin.




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