Microdermabrasion vs. Dermabrasion

Microdermabrasion vs Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are easily confused when patients seek a treatment to rejuvenate a youthful appearance. However, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are very different treatments used for different purposes.   To decrease the confusion, we put together a short guide between the two to help you understand what treatment may be best for you at Straith Clinic in the Detroit Metro Area.


Dermabrasion is a procedure that essentially removes the damaged top layers of skin with a specialized device, designed with a wire brush or a diamond coated stainless steel wheel.  This is a very effective process in improving the appearance of skin imperfections including acne scarring, other types of scars and fine wrinkles.

After the procedure, the treated area will look quite raw and swollen.  Over the next few weeks post-treatment, scabs will form over the treated area which will heal in about a week.  The new skin will be red for six to eight weeks.  This new skin dramatically revitalizes your vibrant skin tone and texture.


Unlike dermabrasion, microdermabrasion is a gentler approach of smoothing out the skin. Microdermabrasion practically “sandblasts” the skin with aluminum oxide crystals to remove the top, dead skin, but it doesn’t go much deeper than the top layer. This is an effective treatment that restores healthy skin and removes superficial pigmentary irregularities, fine wrinkles, and other minor blemishes.

This treatment requires no recovery time.  Microdermabrasion may be a better option for you if you want subtle, natural improvement over a “lunchtime peel”.

Whether you will benefit more from microdermabrasion or dermabrasion, its up to you and Dr. Sabbagh to determine during your consultation. He will help you address your desired treatment areas and aide you in choosing microdermabrasion or dermabrasion for your facial imperfection solution.

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