Skin resurfacing is a wonderful technique to help deal with skin pigmentation, acne, scarring and wrinkles of any kind. Many people who sign up for a skin resurfacing procedure are usually looking to restore a smooth revamped skin with a youthful appearance. These procedures work through a process of removing the top layers of the skin which are usually composed of dead skin thus stimulating the skin to undergo a natural healing process. In the process, there is a growth of new layers of a vibrant and rejuvenated skin that feels and looks more youthful.
At MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago, we offer several skin-resurfacing treatments. However, the common techniques currently in the market are microdermabrasion and dermabrasion. Although these two processes sound and may even appear to be similar, they tend to produce visually varied results while also having different risk potentials. MINTS Medical Spa offers the best microdermabrasion skin rejuvenation treatments with no downtime.
In our today’s post, we are going to dissect the two treatments and see what sets them apart. This should also guide you in choosing the skin resurfacing treatment that is best suited for your skin rejuvenation needs.
Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure which involves the removal of the topmost layer of the skin hence triggering the growth of a fresh and youthful skin. The dermabrasion process is done using a handheld device to peel away the unwanted skin layer. The handheld device features a rotating wheel that is layered with wire brushes which physically exfoliate your skin.
Unlike most other surgical procedures, dermabrasion is fairly invasive but also utilizes local anesthesia. The duration of a dermabrasion procedure can vary from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the patient’s needs.
The recovery period also varies between 10 days to 2 weeks depending on how extensive the dermabrasion resurfacing was done.
Mild to moderate pain can be experienced during this period but the pain should subside with time. The use of pain relievers is recommended where the pain continues for much longer.
Microdermabrasion is quite different from dermabrasion because it is a non-invasive treatment which is used to remove the upper skin layers through a controlled process of physical exfoliation. The similarity between the microdermabrasion and dermabrasion is that both use a handheld device but the microdermabrasion process induces light abrasion.
Microdermabrasion normally targets only the dead skin cells, which are non-viable. while causing no damage to the viable skin. This makes microdermabrasion less painful and with little to no downtime. Results of a microdermabrasion are almost immediate and patients should expect the skin to feel rejuvenated and vibrant soon afterward.
The most obvious difference between the two treatments is brought about by the resurfacing intensity. The dermabrasion technique is more forceful using drastic skin removal intensity while on the other hand microdermabrasion removes dead cells only without going deeper into the skin.
As a result of the abrasion intensity, dermabrasion results are more drastic and pronounced compared to those of a microdermabrasion treatment. Due to this, dermabrasion is much preferred for patients dealing with extensive skin issues such as intense pigmentation, deeper wrinkles, and acne scarring.
Although these dermabrasion results are drastic, they might come at a cost since the process itself might cause severe pain, has longer downtime and other risks of surgical procedures.
Since dermabrasion may pose significant risks, it is highly recommended that you opt for alternative skin resurfacing procedures. There are other treatments which also provide similar results to those of dermabrasion without the risks involved in the former technique.
Such treatments include chemical peels, dermaplaning and laser resurfacing. MINTS Medical Spa in Chicago offers all these alternative skin rejuvenation techniques at fairly affordable rates. We encourage you to book your appointment today and we shall take you through all the available skin resurfacing techniques.