Microdermabrasion Vs. Dermaplaning

When it comes to achieving smooth and radiant skin, the options can seem endless. Among the array of skincare treatments, microdermabrasion and dermaplaning have emerged as trending choices, both promising exfoliation and a revitalized complexion.

But how do these two treatments differ, and which one is the right fit for your skin? In this article, we will look at both microdermabrasion and dermaplaning, drawing comparisons between them to know what suits your skin’s unique needs.

Understanding Microdermabrasion and Dermaplaning

Microdermabrasion and dermaplaning are skin treatments that make your skin look younger and brighter. Although they share similarities in their end objectives, these techniques differ in their methods, intensity, and application.

With microdermabrasion, the outermost layer of skin is removed by being exfoliated with tiny crystals on a specialized tool. Meanwhile, dermaplaning uses a unique razor to lightly shave off your skin’s top layer, removing any dead skin and tiny hairs or ‘peach fuzz.’

The Battle of Benefits

While microdermabrasion and dermaplaning aim to make the skin look better, they do so in very different ways. Let’s examine the pros of each method to learn more about them:

Microdermabrasion Benefits

  • Improved Skin Texture

Microdermabrasion smooths the skin’s surface, leaving it polished and free from rough, dry, uneven patches.

  • Reduced Hyperpigmentation

Say goodbye to dark spots and sun damage as microdermabrasion targets pigmented areas, evening out your complexion. 

  • Minimized Fine Lines

By stimulating collagen production and removing dead skin, microdermabrasion helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revealing a more youthful look.

Dermaplaning Benefits

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  • Baby-Soft Skin

The elimination of the fine vellus hair that occurs during dermaplaning leaves your skin feeling exceptionally smooth as you touch it.

  • Enhanced Skin Care Absorption

With the removal of dead skin cells, your skincare products can penetrate deeper and become more effective in nourishing your skin.

  • Makeup Magic

Dermaplaning creates the perfect canvas for makeup application, enabling your products to glide on effortlessly for a flawless finish.

Which of microdermabrasion and dermaplaning is better for your skin depends on the objectives you have. Regardless of the option you go with, you’re sure to enjoy the perks of achieving a healthier, more vibrant glow.

Deciding Between Microdermabrasion and Dermaplaning

You will want to take note of a few essential aspects prior to actually receiving treatments, such as microdermabrasion or dermaplaning, to ensure that the treatment is safe and effective. Here are the key points to remember:

Skin Sensitivity

Knowing your skin’s sensitivity level is crucial before beginning a treatment. Microdermabrasion is generally suitable for most skin types, including sensitive skin, while dermaplaning may cause more redness for those with extreme sensitivity.


Schedule a consultation with a skilled skincare specialist to discuss your skincare goals, concerns, and treatment expectations. They will assess your skin condition and recommend the most suitable technique for you.

Medical History

Inform your skin care specialist about any medical conditions, allergies, or skin problems you have. Conditions like aggressive acne or rosacea may require special precautions or alternative treatments.

Pain Tolerance

Consider your tolerance for discomfort. Both dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are essentially painless, but both have their own unique sensations and it will be necessary to be still for both treatments. Choose the option that aligns with your comfort level.


Take into account the recovery time associated with each treatment. Microdermabrasion usually requires no downtime, whereas dermaplaning may cause minor redness that typically fades within a few hours.

Desired Results

Understand the expected outcomes of each treatments. Microdermabrasion helps with exfoliation, reducing fine lines, and improving skin texture, whereas dermaplaning removes vellus hair and dead skin cells, resulting in a smoother complexion.

Treatment Frequency

Consider the recommended treatment frequency for each treatment. Microdermabrasion is typically performed every 2-3 weeks, while dermaplaning can be done every 3-4 weeks.

Practitioner’s Expertise

Find a qualified and trustworthy skin care professional to perform the treatment. In the case of dermaplaning, a great deal of artistic skill and precision is required for optimal results.


Follow your practitioner’s aftercare instructions diligently, which may involve refraining from using specific skincare or cosmetic products immediately after the treatments.

Keeping these factors in mind will allow you to make a well-informed decision and get the most out of your treatment. Always seek out expert advice whenever possible.

Trust the Experts

At Brazilian Silhouette, we pride ourselves on using cutting-edge techniques and having a team of experienced professionals. Your skin’s health and beauty are our top priorities, and we ensure your safety and satisfaction every step of the way.

Book your consultation today and discover the perfect treatment for your skin!


In the battle of microdermabrasion vs. dermaplaning, the true winner is you!  Both treatments lead to better skin appearance and texture, yet the choice hinges on your specific skin type, concerns, and desired results.


Can dermaplaning help with makeup application?

Certainly! Dermaplaning creates a smooth surface for makeup application, allowing foundation and concealer to glide on effortlessly.

Is it possible to combine dermaplaning and microdermabrasion?

Yes, estheticians often suggest combining dermaplaning with microdermabrasion. Dermaplaning, being less aggressive, should be performed first, followed by microdermabrasion.

How can you tell if microdermabrasion is effective?

After just one microdermabrasion treatment, you can expect to see brighter and more vibrant skin. Multiple sessions may be necessary to achieve your desired results. The effects can last for months with proper maintenance.

What products should you avoid after microdermabrasion?

It’s recommended to avoid using abrasive products such as scrubs for 7-10 days. Additionally, refrain from using products containing retinoids and glycolic acid for 10 days. However, you can resume using Vitamin C Serums after 48 hours.

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