Whether patients are preparing for a big event or hoping to improve the overall tone and texture of their skin, microdermabrasion and HydraFacial are both safe and effective options.

Both of these non-invasive treatments provide exfoliation and eliminate build-up from the skin’s surface.

However, there are also some key differences between microdermabrasion and HydraFacial to consider.

Microdermabrasion Is a 2-Step Process

During a microdermabrasion treatment, a diamond or coarse-tipped wand is glided over the face, neck, or décolletage to remove the top layer of skin.

Next, a serum is selected and infused into the fresh skin cells to produce a soft, smooth, and more radiant appearance.

HydraFacial Is a 4-Step Process

Many aesthetic experts consider HydraFacial to be a more advanced version of microdermabrasion. It’s a facial resurfacing treatment and is highly customizable to all skin types.

The procedure begins with cleansing using oxygen and vitamin-infused water. Then, a dermaplaning tool scraps away oil, dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells to exfoliate the face.

Next, HydraFacial’s vortex technology is activated for extraction of clogged pores. Lastly, antioxidant-rich serums, peptides, and hyaluronic acid are released to penetrate to the dermis of the skin.

Hydrafacial Customizes Treatment With Add-Ons, While Microdermabrasion Does Not

In addition to the four steps of a standard HydraFacial, add-ons may also be implemented based on patient concerns and goals.

More specifically, a chemical peel provides additional exfoliation, blue light therapy targets acne, red light therapy focuses on sun damage, and microcurrent stimulates collagen and elastin.

Number of Sessions Recommended for Microdermabrasion and HydraFacial

For optimal outcomes, most providers recommend a series of 6 microdermabrasion sessions, compared to 3-6 HydraFacial treatments.

Comparing Treatment Results

Microdermabrasion cleans pores, removes skin debris, and produces soft and smooth skin.

HydraFacial is able to achieve all of these benefits and also stimulates collagen, plumps skin, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, reduces hyperpigmentation, and improves acne.

Both treatments allow for more seamless application of makeup and better absorption and effects of skincare products, without any irritation or downtime.

To learn more about microdermabrasion and HydraFacial and to find out which procedure is best for you, please call Hagerstown Dermatology & Skincare today to schedule a consultation.