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Microneedling or Microdermabrasion: Which Way to Great Skin?

Microneedling | Westerville, OHWith so many options to correct the signs of aging, acne scarring, and sun damage, one might have such a difficult time choosing that they remain stuck on the sidelines of modern beauty treatments. One of our goals in practice is to help demystify the techniques and technologies available today. Here, we discuss how microneedling and microdermabrasion differ and what each can do for your skin.


This skin rejuvenating treatment is one of the top 5 non-surgical procedures performed in aesthetic medicine. That immediately indicates that the technique achieves noticeable improvements. Microdermabrasion is a treatment during which a mechanical device is used to exfoliate the uppermost layer of the skin. It uses micro-ablative material such as tiny sodium bicarbonate crystals or a diamond tip to gently dislodge dull and dead skin cells from the surface. Suction action immediately sweeps debris away from the skin. The ablative action of microdermabrasion efficiently cleans the slate of your epidermis and also stimulates circulation through the treatment area. There is no downtime after microdermabrasion, though the skin may be slightly red for an hour or two.


A microneedling treatment dives a little deeper into the upper layers of skin tissue. This technique utilizes an automated handpiece which, when passed over the skin, creates micro-channels to a precise depth. A topical anesthetic may be applied beforehand to desensitize any areas that may be more tender, and the tiny size of the needles on the handpiece work without causing much discomfort at all.

Where the purpose of microdermabrasion is to exfoliate the skin and rid it of damaged cells that dull the complexion and block product absorption, microneedling is performed to stimulate stronger collagen proliferation. By creating tiny puncture injuries a few millimeters deep into the epidermis, it is possible to create a cascade effect that involves controlled inflammation, circulation, and collagen formation.

Which is Right for You?

Both microdermabrasion and microneedling offer unique benefits. For this reason, many people alternate between the two to fully support aging skin. Learn more about these treatments by scheduling a consultation in our Westerville office. Call 614-895-0400.

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