There are major differences between Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion. Be sure you understand each one before you mention either choice to your skin expert to avoid problems.
What is Dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is used to solve the “deep scar problems” often caused by acne or deep wounds. The procedure involves removing the top layers of the skin in a more aggressive way than a microdermabrasion. This is a very invasive treatment as it often causes bleeding from the removal of the skin in an attempt to start over with a newly refreshed, scar-free, layer.
Dermabrasions take place in a doctor’s office due to the need of anesthesia to reduce any pain. After all, anything that requires scraping off the top layer of your skin will most likely not feel like soft bunnies.
The healing process may take several weeks. However, doctors might say two weeks is enough down time before you could resume work hours.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is non-invasive and does not require anymore than 24 hours of down time. It can be performed in a spa with a licensed Esthetician. If done with care, using the right instruments, microdermabrasion can generate pleasant results.
Microdermabrasions are usually done by spraying microcrystals onto the skin to remove dead cells, age spots, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and most unwanted aging skin conditions. There are efforts to boost collagen and elastin production for glowing, younger, healthier looking skin.
Reducing down time with light therapy
Healing time can be reduced for either procedure above by combining it with light therapy. Red light is known to be able to repair damaged collagen and be particularly helpful with common aging skin concerns. Violet light is very effective in thickening the skin, encouraging cell growth, and deeper acne situations. Yellow light has been a favorite for many skincare experts due to its ability to reduce inflammation, redness, and get rid of brown spots, and more!
If you’re a Dermatologist or Esthetician and haven’t incorporated light therapy into your daily practice, you may be missing out on happier clients!