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Asian woman thinking in front of blue background.Looking at a list of facial treatment options can get a little confusing. Everything is “micro” and “derm” and is somehow jammed into every compound word imaginable. Don’t worry. Read on to debunk the definitive microdermabrasion vs. microneedling vs. dermaplaning debate.


If you’re struggling with uneven skin texture, large pores or light scarring, microdermabrasion might already be on your radar. This skin resurfacing technique uses a handheld device to gently exfoliate skin with micro diamonds. The same tool then vacuums them up along with the dead skin that was loosened by exfoliation.


Microdermabrasion leaves behind the fresh, healthy skin and can generate more collagen production, for smoother, younger looking skin.

Microneedling is also micro and it’s also designed to help deal with skin concerns, but that’s where the comparisons end. Microneedling uses, you guessed it, microneedles to create tiny injuries in the skin’s surface to activate the body’s natural healing response. These micro-injuries are too small to cause visible damage, but can help to stimulate collagen and blood circulations to improve scars, wrinkles and sagging skin.


Newer to the scene is dermaplaning, which is another method of physical exfoliation that uses a sterile scalpel to slough off the dead layer of skin. This also has the unique advantage of also removing peach fuzz hair from the face. This hybrid hair removal/skincare treatment can help skin appear smoother and can be combined with other facial procedures.

Now that you understand microdermabrasion vs. microneedling and what dermaplaning can do for you, you can confidently choose which facial skin treatment best fits your needs and work with your provider to find a treatment plan that can get you to your dream skin goals.


What’s the Difference between Microderm, Microneedling & Dermaplaning?
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What’s the Difference between Microderm, Microneedling & Dermaplaning?
What is microdermabrasion vs. microneedling? Not to mention dermaplaning! Dr. Lynn Klein of Bala Cynwyd, PA breaks down these facial treatments for you.
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Aesthetic Dermatology
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