Microdermabrasion or Macrodermabrasion?


by Kate Blair

If you are looking for a way to revitalize the lackluster appearance of your skin, microdermabrasion might be just what you are looking for. This procedure, well-known for its brevity and ease, is often called a “lunchtime peel.” With little to no recovery time, it is the perfect way to give your skin a boost. However, some research might reveal that another procedure, called macrodermabrasion has hit the market. What is the difference between these two similarly named procedures? Which one is right for you?

What is microdermabrasion?

Introduced in the mid 1980s, the microdermabrasion is an easy way to rejuvinate the skin. It is among the least invasive of cosmetic procedures. The central principle behind the procedure is exfoliation, a relatively common term for those familiar with skincare. The procedure removes dead skin cells from the epidermis, meanwhile stimulating the dermis to produce new cells. This is accomplished by pulling aluminum oxide beads across the surface of the skin and using suction to remove them. The procedure effectively eliminates any surface level skin conditions, including sun damage, fine lines, age spots, acne, and uneven skin tones.

The downside

The main downside of microdermabrasion is its use of aluminum oxide. Aluminum oxide has recently been linked to several health problems, including respiratory issues, and even risk of Alzheimers. In addition, the procedure can cause some bruising as a result of the suction, which can break blood vessels. This use of suction may also impede the strength with which the particles impact the skin, limiting the overall effectiveness of the procedure. Patients may undergo the procedure up to eight times before they achieve their desired results.


Macrodermabrasion essentially builds on the premise of microdermabrasion, and improves upon it. Instead of the offending aluminum oxide, macrodermabrasion utilizes all natural sea salt, which has no known side affects. In addition to the increased safety of macrodermabrasion, it is generally considered to be more effective. Patients have reported more uniform results with even less of a recovery time. Instead of utilizing a vacuum, controlled pressure is applied to the skin, eliminating some of the irksome side effects of suction. Water-soluble salt is able to penetrate deeper, thereby producing superior results with fewer treatments.

In the end, macrodermabrasion comes across as the clear frontrunner between the two procedures. Macrodermabrasion is a more effective procedure with little chance of side effects. Still, if you wish to undergo any kind of dermatological procedure, it is always wise to schedule a consultation first.

To arrange a free consultation with a microdermabrasion provider near you, contact New Image today!

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