Should I get a microdermabrasion or dermabrasion treatment? What’s the difference?

Both microdermabrasion and dermabrasion are ways to rejuvenate and deeply cleanse the skin through a visit to the dermatologist.  Microdermabrasions are used to treat wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, large pores, mild acne, age spots, and uneven skin tone. This exfoliating treatment begins by gently sanding the skin with tiny crystals, and then a small vacuum is used to remove the dead cells that are left behind. Within 15 minutes, a fresh new layer of skin is exposed this way with virtually no discomfort and no downtime. Microdermabrasions are usually performed every 3three to 5 weeks for optimal results, but can be done on occasion in order to promote new and clean skin growth.

Dermabrasion treatments are a nonsurgical resurfacing technique that uses controlled surgical scraping to remove severer scarring left behind by accidents, previous surgeries or to smooth of certain facial wrinkles. Dermabrasions are a much more powerful version of microdermabrasions. This is recommended for those with fairer skin because it is used to smooth out deeper problems. Those with darker skin are not encouraged to try this procedure because it can result in scarring or discoloration. The penetration is much deeper than a microdermabrasion treatment, thus requires downtime to allow the skin to repair and protect itself from the sun. Post treatment, it is normal to experience redness, swelling, tiny spots of bleeding and scabbing and should take up to a week to clear up. During this time it is important to avoid the sun, and if sun protection is not used the patient could experience adverse results.

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar is located in Manhattan and Garden City, Long Island. As a fellowship-trained dermatologist, he has a special expertise that sets him apart. Through his extensive knowledge, Dr. Rokhsar can provide precision when executing both dermabrasions and microdermasions depending on your skin type and condition.

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