Microdermabrasion and microneedling are both skin resurfacing treatments aimed to repair and rejuvenate the skin. The main difference between microdermabrasion and microneedling is the layer of skin that is treated. Microdermabrasion works on and removes the top layer of skin (epidermis) whereas microneedling penetrates the layers just below the skin (dermis). Microdermabrasion is 1 of the top 5 non-surgical dermatology treatments requested by patients. Additionally, microdermabrasion is generally performed on the face but microneedling can be used on the face, scalp and body.  

In microdermabrasion, a dermatologist uses a mechanical device to exfoliate the surface of the skin with sodium bicarbonate crystals to scrub away dead and dull skin cells leaving a polished look. The goal is smoother, brighter and more even toned skin. Microdermabrasion compares favorably to dermabrasion, chemical peels and laser resurfacing. Because skin regenerates every 30 days, microdermabrasion treatments will need to be repeated every 2 to 4 weeks for continual improvement. 

Microneedling reaches deeper into the skin using fine needles to create microscopic punctures to induce collagen produced naturally in the body. The goal is for the body to recognize the “wounds” and repair itself. While collagen and elastin are stimulated, the millions of fine micro-channels created in the skin by microneedling begin to carry up to 80% more topical nutrients to feed the cells in the dermis, basically giving a reboot to the cellular function of the skin. 

Other differences between microdermabrasion and microneedling include the type of skin issues you are looking to resolve. Microdermabrasion can effectively treat superficial skin conditions such as wrinkles and fine lines. Microdermabrasion is also successful at tackling dull complexion, uneven skin tone and age spots. Microneedling treats scarring from acne and surgeries. If you are an acne sufferer, microneedling breaks down the scar tissue on the top portion of the dermis. This increases platelet growth attracting white blood cells to the needle sites promoting healing and scar reduction. Scars will smooth out and the skin will plump up. Microneedling thickens the dermis over time which helps other skin conditions like rosacea and broken capillaries. Lastly, clinical studies have shown that microneedling is more effective than ablative treatments like microdermabrasion for more severe skin issues. 

Both microdermabrasion and microneedling will improve the complexion without invasive surgery, Botox, or fillers. To learn more about the beautifying benefits of microdermabrasion and microneedling, schedule your appointment by 602-867-7546 or online WEBSITE with THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology today.