Microdermabrasion and microneedling have been exploding in popularity recently because of their undeniable ability to enhance the appearance of skin that has been affected by environmental pollutants, sun damage, and aging. Both treatments offer the ability to significantly improve your skin without the requirement for surgery. However, there are definitely differences between the two treatments that you need to know about before deciding which option is right for you.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a skin care treatment involving the gentle exfoliation and polishing of the outermost layer of skin. This skin layer, called the stratum corneum, is composed of dead skin cells, cellular debris, and lipids. By removing the stratum corneum, we are allowing your living skin to display its full radiance, helping you to appear more youthful.
You may make a good candidate for microdermabrasion if you are looking to brighten your complexion and improve the radiance of your skin. The treatment is also appropriate if you are dealing with light sun damage, fine lines, or light acne scars. Microdermabrasion also helps to unclog skin pores and assists in the maintenance of healthy, clear skin.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation technique involving the application of a special device that penetrates the skin to varying degrees. The treatment process triggers a healing process that helps to remodel the surface of the skin and minimize the appearance of damaged skin.
The best candidates for microneedling are those who have experienced sun damage or signs of aging. The treatment may help you if you have lines and wrinkles on your face, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, or stretch marks.
If you regularly have topical skin care products applied to your skin, a microneedling procedure combined with this type of treatment increases the effectiveness of both. This is due to the many micro-openings created by the microneedling treatment process. These tiny channels allow topicals to bypass the outer layer of skin that functions as a barrier to the absorption of many skin care products.
Which Treatment is Right for Me?
The answer to the question depends upon your own individual skin condition. During your consultation with the skin care experts at the office of Steven Dayan, MD in Chicago, you can get all the facts you’ll need to make an informed decision. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!