With so many varieties of exfoliating treatments offered, it can be difficult to know which treatment is right for you and your skin. Many exfoliation procedures are very similar when it comes to results, with slight variations in technique and practice. If you are looking for a non-invasive, fast, effective, exfoliation procedure that requires little to no recovery time, consider either microdermabrasion or dermaplaning. Each offers the benefits of advanced exfoliation, including soft, smooth skin, anti-aging properties, and a healthy, glowing complexion. However, there are differences between the two treatments; compare microderm and dermaplaning below to determine which procedure will best fit your needs.


Microderm has been one of the top non-surgical treatments used to rejuvenate and renew facial skin. There are two types of treatment options: diamond and crystal microdermabrasion. Diamond microderm, the most common, gently removes the top layers of dead, dull skin cells using a crushed diamond-encrusted vacuum suction wand. The treatment depends on the proficiency of the aesthetician, as they provide the manual pressure needed to correctly exfoliate the skin. This results in a smooth texture, brighter complexion, and collagen production, as well as the softening of fine lines and wrinkles and the reduction of acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and pore size. Crystal microdermabrasion, on the other hand, uses a vacuum machine to shoot aluminum oxide crystals at the skin to exfoliate away dead skin cells. This form of microderm relies on the accuracy of the machine, and is therefore considered less reliable and even less effective. At the School of Botanical & Medical Aesthetics, diamond-tip microdermabrasion wands are used, so you can be assured you are receiving the best treatment option available. At least 5 sessions are recommended to see optimal results.

Microdermabrasion is not for everyone. If you suffer from skin conditions that cause redness, such as rosacea or very redness prone, sensitive skin, microderm may be too harsh for your skin type and may worsen existing redness/irritation/sensitivity. In this case, dermaplaning would be a better option.


Dermaplaning is a form of exfoliation in which the aesthetician uses a sharp surgical blade to manually slough and scrape off any build-up of dead skin cells on the face. In addition to getting rid of dead cells, the treatment softens the appearance of fine lines and scarring. This procedure also removes any “peach fuzz,” also known as vellus hair, which can trap dirt and oil, causing breakouts and a dull complexion (and hair will not grow back darker or thicker). After dermaplaning, you will see the results immediately; your skin will be left smooth, soft, and radiant. Dermplaning is as easy as shaving, and is just as painless with no recovery time. Unlike microdermabrasion, this treatment is suitable for every skin type, including clients with sensitivities or redness.

Both microdermabrasion and dermaplaning will leave your skin looking and feeling refreshed, healthy, and brand new! Each procedure is noninvasive, virtually painless, and requires little to no recovery time. When choosing a treatment method, take into consideration your specific skin type and your skin’s unique needs.

If you are not sure which treatment you should choose, ask an esthetician. Set up an appointment for a facial (for example) and ask about other treatment options that would be ideal for your skin type.

Our aesthetics clinic offers dermaplaning, microdermabrasion and other amazing spa treatments, see all of them here.