Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are both types of skin resurfacing treatments, but they are in fact different procedures to correct different skin imperfections. At its most basic, the difference is the depth of penetration into the skin, with dermabrasion being more aggressive.
Epidermis vs. Dermis Skin Resurfacing
Dermabrasion uses a special instrument, like a high-speed rotating wheel or brush, to sand away the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin) until the outer layer of the dermis (second layer of the skin) to make way for a new, smoother layer, replacing skin that’s been blemished by acne scars, pox marks, and scars from accidents and diseases.
Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, uses tiny crystals to ‘sandblast’ the stratum corneum, or the topmost layer of the epidermis. It’s often used in combination with medical-grade skin rejuvenation because sloughing off the stratum corneum allows skin care ingredients to be better absorbed into the skin.
The Clarifying Skin Rejuvenation, one of the sought-after medical-grade facials in aesthetic clinics in Singapore, uses DiamondTome Microdermabrasion followed by application of Complete Purifying Mask with Kaolin and Bentonite Clay to draw out deep-seated impurities. So if you are looking to decongest acne-prone skin, microdermabrasion will make the treatment more effective.
What About Skin Types and Color?
Because dermabrasion targets the deeper layer of the skin, anaesthesia is administered before the procedure to make it comfortable. Unlike dermabrasion, microdermabrasion is less aggressive, and doesn’t require shots of numbing medicine because it’s just an exfoliation and a skin rejuvenation procedure that cleans out pores, and strips away shallow acne scarring as well as superficial wrinkles.
Because of the potential for scarring on darker skin types, dermabrasion is only used for patients with fairer complexion, whereas microdermabrasion can be used on all skin types and skin colors.
If you are looking to brighten dull-looking skin, erase brown spots and age, microdermabrasion is better suited to these skin concerns. The Brightening Skin Rejuvenation works wonders on dull, uneven tone and texture. Combined with a Vitamin C mask applied after the microdermabrasion procedure, this medical grade skin rejuvenation reduces discoloration to bring out your luminous glow.
Minimally invasive vs. Non-invasive
Dermabrasion can be considered a surgical procedure to correct deep acne scars, wrinkles and stretch marks because the skin bleeds, requiring a downtime of up to 14 days, and a few months for the skin to return to its normal color. It also has to be performed in a medical aesthetic clinic by a physician who is a skin care specialist.
As microdermabrasion is more of an exfoliation than serious skin resurfacing, it can be performed by an aesthetician because there are no needles involved to numb the treatment area. It also doesn’t leave the skin raw and bleeding, with the redness subsiding after a few hours.
This means you can get microdermabrasion as a lunchtime treatment and return to regular activities on the same day.So if you need to get to work right away after a jet lag but want to appear fresh-looking, you can get a Deep Hydrating Skin Rejuvenation that applies a nourishing mask unto your face after getting a microdermabrasion.This zero-downtime treatment makes microdermabrasion with medical grade facials a favorite treatment in laser clinics in Singapore.
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