Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion

Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion

Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion

If there are two words estheticians hear mixed up in the treatment room, it’s “dermaplaning” and “microdermabrasion.” Advanced skin care treatments have grown exponentially in the last few years, and I absolutely love these two services. Their processes are very different, but end with similar-ish results (hint: glowing, smooth skin!).

Dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are perfect for those of you who want to get those post-facial visible results quicker, or looking for new ways to improve your skin’s completion, texture and more. However, their specific techniques may sway you one way or the other. So, let’s dive in!


Dermaplaning is a type of exfoliation that uses a surgical grade blade to glide across the face at an angle using gentle strokes.  This process removes dead skin cells from the epidermis layer of your skin as well as vellus hairVellus hair, commonly known as “peach fuzz” or “baby hair,” is known to trap dirt and oil, causing breakouts and dulling complexion. By removing these tiny hairs, you will experience better product penetration into the skin. Removing the vellus hair will not cause it to grow back thicker or darker and won’t stimulate excess hair growth. 

Other benefits of dermaplaning are minimizing the appearance of fine lines, evening of skin tone and texture, as well as assistance in reducing milia, closed and open comedones, and minor acne breakouts associated with congested pores. You will also see an overall smoother appearance instantly. Dermaplaning is easy and painless with no downtime and is great for every skin type, including guests with sensitivities and redness. It is recommended to have dermaplaning services every 4 weeks for best, long lasting results. 

Pro Tip: Follow your dermaplane treatment with a peel or try it with a HydraFacial. By having the hair and dead skin freshly removed, youre going to experience a deeper and more even peel/HydraFacial that will give you an amazing glow.


Microdermabrasion is another type of exfoliation, but it works a little differently. It creates abrasion using pressure and suction to remove the top layers of dead, dull skin cells using medical grade baking soda (bicarbonate). The procedure may be a little uncomfortable at times, but if it is painful, let you esthetician know! We can always turn the machine down and still provide you with the same results.

Your skin may be red and appear to look like a mild sunburn for a day or two, but the end result will be a smoother and brighter complexion. Microdermabrasion helps correct signs of aging, stimulate collagen production, and evens skin tone and texture including acne scares. It is not recommended if you have any natural redness, rosacea or sensitive skin. We recommend having anywhere from 5 to 15 sessions performed every 2 weeks depending on your expected results, and gradually reducing to just once a month. For even better results, I recommend peels after your service. The peels work deeper in the skin to soften and brighten the deeper issues.  

Although microdermabrasion is minimally invasive, dermaplaning would be best if you prefer a lighter touch. If youre still not sure on which treatment is best for your unique skin, consult with your esthetician. Get ready to glow!

Blog written by Downtown Esthetician & Nail Designer, Christina. Schedule your reservation on the Neroli apponline reservations or call 414.227.2888.