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Are you searching for a safe, convenient skin rejuvenation treatment that’s not too invasive and helps you look younger and more refreshed? Microdermabrasion and microneedling are excellent options for those who want a nonsurgical approach to improving their skin’s tone and texture.

Microdermabrasion and microneedling both treat common issues like aging and sun damage, but which procedure suits your concerns and needs better? Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of microdermabrasion vs microneedling.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Using a tiny handheld vacuum covered with tiny abrasive crystals, we remove the outer layers of dead skin, making way for the fresher skin layers underneath. This exfoliating treatment also stimulates collagen production to counteract aging. One microdermabrasion session with us typically takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of the area treated. Patients usually require 6 treatments about a month apart to achieve desired results.

What does microdermabrasion target?

  • Age spots
  • Mild acne
  • Blackheads
  • Dark skin patches
  • Clogged or large pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion offers a variety of skin benefits.

  • Offers gentle and minimally invasive skin resurfacing
  • Suits all skin types and tones
  • Thickens collagen to help restore your complexion
  • Has minimal side effects
  • Leaves skin feeling silky smooth
  • Requires little to no downtime

What Is Microneedling?

Instead of crystals, a handheld device with many tiny needles is used to penetrate the top layers of the skin. This triggers the body’s natural healing mechanism and increases collagen production, resulting in smoother, tighter skin. A microneedling treatment typically takes 30 minutes, and results last 4 to 6 weeks. We recommend a series of 3 microneedling treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, followed by maintenance.  

What does microneedling treat?

  • Acne scars
  • Forehead, neck, and lip lines plus crow’s feet
  • Dark spots
  • Large pores
  • Stretch marks

What are the benefits of microneedling?

  • Suits all skin types
  • Is more aggressive than microdermabrasion but still considered low risk
  • Provides quick, safe, and convenient skin rejuvenation
  • Offers gradual improvement of skin tone
Before & After Microneedling Case 136 Front View in Mississauga & Toronto, ON
Before & After Microneedling

Comparing Microdermabrasion and Microneedling

While both procedures treat similar issues, each utilizes a slightly different approach that may affect results and recovery. Microdermabrasion is a more gentle exfoliation approach compared to microneedling. Results are immediate, and patients experience virtually no side effects other than mild redness.

Microneedling patients are given a topical numbing gel to alleviate minor discomfort during this more invasive treatment. As the microneedling device moves over the treated area, patients often say they feel a strong vibration. A topical skincare solution or compounds obtained from your own blood may be added to improve results and increase collagen production.

While both procedures are safe, effective, and relatively painless, microdermabrasion is less invasive with quicker results, while microneedling is more aggressive and delivers gradual, longer-lasting results.

Can I Combine Microdermabrasion or Microneedling With Other Procedures?

Yes! While each is an excellent standalone procedure, they can also be safely included in a treatment plan with other cosmetic procedures, such as a laser skin resurfacing, injectable fillers, or Ultherapy® skin tightening.

Are you ready to discuss whether microdermabrasion or microneedling is right for you? We encourage you to request a consultation using the online form or contact our Toronto practice at (905) 273-3045.

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