Dermabrasion vs. Microdermabrasion

Dermabrasion vs. MicrodermabrasionDermabrasion and microdermabrasion are both safe and time-tested noninvasive procedures for rejuvenating the skin without the need for highly invasive plastic surgery. Microdermabrasion is less invasive as compared to dermabrasion. Your treatment provider will choose the appropriate procedure depending on your cosmetic needs.

Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides dermabrasion and microdermabrasion skin enhancement treatments to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and surrounding communities.

Procedural Overview

Micro wounds are created by the treatment provider in dermabrasion on the skin through a controlled approach. This will be done with the aid of an abrasion tool. You will notice significant improvements in problematic conditions as the skin heals. Dermabrasion is the right treatment for improving aging or scarred skin without an invasive surgery.

Dermabrasion is used for facial rejuvenation in most instances. However, it can be used in other areas of the body as well. This makes it important for working with a skilled surgeon with adequate training and experience.

Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, is a less intensive approach for achieving skin rejuvenation in facial and other body areas. A vacuum suction or a micro-abrasive tool will be used by your surgeon to gently remove the skin’s most superficial layer. This is a mild cosmetic procedure and doesn’t require general anesthesia or IV sedation. The results of this treatment are significant even though deep skin penetration is not involved.

Candidacy for the Procedure

Skin renewal through dermabrasion can be achieved by creating wounds in the skin’s deeper layers. New and rejuvenated skin will appear once the wound heals. The newer skin will be thicker, smoother, and more radiant. Ideal candidates are those that are looking for reducing acne or surgery scars, actinic keratoses, rhinophyma (reddish nose), facial aging signs and tattoos.

Microdermabrasion, in contrast, focuses on the most superficial skin layer called the stratum corneum. Dead and damaged skin cells including toxins and debris are present in this layer. Ideal candidates are those that don’t have any untreated infection or skin disease.

How Is the Procedure Performed?

Your treatment provider will administer local anesthesia or mild sedation before performing dermabrasion. In some cases, general anesthesia may be administered as well. An abrasive device will be used by the surgeon consisting of a rapidly rotating brush or wire wheel with tiny crystals for wounding the skin.

The treatment provider in case of microdermabrasion will use a special device to spray an inert crystalline substance. The topmost skin layer will be exfoliated by way of a crystal encrusted wand without wounding the deeper tissues.

Recovery and Results

Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are effective and safe noninvasive procedures for rejuvenating the skin. Dermabrasion is a more invasive procedure as compared to microdermabrasion and results in more dramatic and longer lasting outcomes. Dermabrasion has a longer recovery time. Microdermabrasion involves minimal downtime and is less painful in comparison.

Cosmetic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and nearby areas for safe and proven dermabrasion and microdermabrasion skin rejuvenation procedures.

Contact Virginia Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sundin Today for a Consultation

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

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