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The skin care industry is changing and evolving every day. As a medical Aesthetician I have seen many different treatment methods come and go. Microdermabrasion is one method that has been popular for quite a few years and was a “craze” there for a bit, but just because something is popular does not mean it is the best treatment for certain skin concerns.

Dermaplane is also a treatment that delivers similar results and both treatments can be combined with chemical peels to deliver more drastic end points. I will go over all of the pros and cons of each treatment so that you and your client can make an educated treatment choice.

Usually when consulting with a client you will find that the skin concern is acne scarring, hyper pigmentation, and or fine lines and wrinkles. In most cases, not all laser is going to be the most effective and quickest way to deliver dramatic results. Never promise a client that Micro or Dermaplane will completely remove any of these concerns. Both treatments can however prep the skin for laser.  If laser is not in the budget, these treatments are a great alternative to get the skin looking and feeling more even textured, healthy, youthful, and bright.

Microdermabrasion: A cosmetic procedure that may be performed at a skin spa or dermatologist's office. The treatment is not painful, and there is no recovery time. The technician uses a machine that either utilizes super fine crystals or a diamond tip to move across the skin using a vacuum to exfoliate and clean the pores. Price range $85 - $150.

Pros:

·         Exfoliates the dead skin layer

·         Softens the appearance of fine lines

·         Softens the appearance of superficial scaring (using cross method)

·         Clears out clogged pores (black heads)

·         Tones large pores

·         Leaves skin looking bright, toned and healthy looking

Cons:

·         If used over active acne can spread bacteria

·         Diamond tip can scratch the skin

·         Crystals can be very messy

·         Can leave bruising (if vacuum is too high)

·         Not safe for Rosacea (can lead to more broken capillaries)

·         Exfoliation is very superficial; one needs multiple treatments to see results.

Dermaplane: A technician uses a tool with a blade at the tip to scrape the dead skin cells and vellous hair off the surface of the skin. This is painless and requires no down time. Price range $65 - $100.

Pros:

·         Safe for all skin types (doesn’t suck or pull at skin so no possibility of broken capillaries or bruising).

·         Exfoliates dead skin layers

·         Will soften the appearance of fine lines

·         Softens the appearance of superficial scaring

·         Leaves skin looking bright, toned and healthy looking

·         A more even, deep, and controlled exfoliation

·         Temporarily removes villous hair (great for those that cannot wax or do laser)

Cons:

·         If used over active acne can spread bacteria

·         Possibility of superficial scratches on the skin

·         Vellous hair will come back and in some cases can feel more coarse

·         Exfoliation is very superficial; one needs multiple treatments to see results.

Combined with a chemical peel:

Both of these treatments are a fantastic way to prep the skin for a chemical peel. Always remember when peeling over a dermaplane or microderm that the client will be more sensitive to any chosen peel. For a beautiful “pretty peel” a professional can apply one layer of TCA 10% or one layer Lactic or Mandelic acid. If trying to treat clogged pores a layer of 30% glycolic is also a nice treatment but may achieve superficial peeling. For a more aggressive treatment a professional can apply TCA 20% 1-3 layers or 1-2 layers Jessner  with 1-2 layers TCA 10-20% depending on client sensitivity.  Many other peel combinations can be safely used following a Dermaplane or Microdermabrasion.

When choosing a treatment method, always consider the clients skin type, concerns, and contraindications of the treatment. After many years of working with both treatment modalities I personally believe that Dermaplane is a more effective and results driven treatment option and my clients equally prefer it over Microdermabrasion. Whichever treatment you choose, make sure to always take proper precaution, always have a consent form and always educate your client on all of the possible risks, benefits, outcomes, and all of their different treatment options.

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