What is the Difference Between the Depth of Dermabrasion vs. Microlaser Peel?

I am assuming dermabrasion goes deeper?

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A real dermabrasion goes deep into the skin with the skin raw and oozing for a week.

Real dermabrasions go deep into the skin and cause raw , oozy wounds  which look like when you fall down and scrap your knees.  They do great for improving scars.  Micro laser and micro dermabrasions are very superficial and look like nothing happened and are good for maintenance of the skin .

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Dermabrasion vs. Microlaser Peel

Microdermabrasion is the most simple way to evenly and safely exfoliate the skin without chemicals or laser. This process rejuvenates the skin by using ultra-fine crystals to remove the upper layers of the epidermis, increasing the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in firmer, more youthful looking skin. Microdermabrasion will subtly minimize fine lines and wrinkles, acne and scarring, enlarged pores, and lighten age spots. Results are seen after the first treatment, and best results are obtained with 4 to 5 treatments every 7 to 10 days, and thereafter once every 4 to 6 weeks.

The MicroLaserPeel or “weekend” skin peel addresses conditions associated with sun damage and aging. As compared with microdermabrasion or light chemical peels, a MicroLaserPeel is a deeper treatment that precisely removes the outermost layers of skin, and treats wrinkles, scars, acne scars, keratoses, and irregular pigmentation. The treatment uses topical anesthesia, and typically is repeated 2 to 4 times, spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart. Healing takes 3 to 4 days and resembles a sunburn with redness beginning to fade by the third day, and can be covered with makeup on the fourth day. Patients experience smoother, healthier, more vibrant skin, with a significant immediate change in skin texture and tightness. A MicroLaserPeel is the perfect step between microdermabrasion and more aggressive full laser resurfacing.


Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion

I agree it's confusing because there's the name "dermabrasion" in both procedures but they're COMPLETELY different!  Not even in the same ballpark.  Dermabrasion is a very invasive procedure using a motorized drill device to remove the top layer of skin leaving behind a raw wound.  There is a long healing time associated with this procedure.  Dermabrasion helps with deep acne scars, surgical scars, and wrinkles.  Microdermabrasion is completely noninvasive--it does not remove the skin or cause a wound.  It exfoliates, helps to clean out the pores, and removes only the dead skin layer (called the stratum corneum) and is more like a deep facial.  There is no downtime or healing associated with microdermabrasion.  Microdermabrasion helps the skin feel clean and look "fresher" but it really doesn't do very much to alter the skin so don't expect it to do very much.  It will not really help significantly with acne scars or wrinkles.  Even though dermabrasion can be effective, there are safer modern procedures (dermabrasion is an older procedure that was more popular prior to invention of lasers) such as laser resurfacing and fractional resurfacing.

M. Christine Lee, MD
Walnut Creek Dermatologic Surgeon
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Dermabrasion vs. Microlaser Peel

There is a huge trend towards minimally invasive surgery and procedures.  By-and-large, this is a good thing.  Less isn't always more though, but can be enough.  For instance, micro-dermabrasion doesn't get results as impressive as real dermabrasion, but for minor skin damage, it can create a satisfactory result.

Similarly, Micro-laser peel (by the use of the word Micro) is a lower level laser with a more superficial penetration, hence a more subtle improvement of minor wrinkles.  But, it requires less down-time than a full dermabrasion which reaches into the deeper layers for deep lomg-standing wrinkles.

Navin K. Singh, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

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