Hydrafacial or Microdermabrasion for Better Skin Tone?

Is Hydrafacial better than Microdermabrasion? Or what would you recommend for a better skin tone that clears out whiteheads, clogged pores, sun spots, and fine lines? Thanks.

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Hydrafacial vs Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion has been around for many years, its a deep exfoliation for the skin improving texture and tone. Hydrafacial is a more advanced version sometimes referred to as 'Wet Microdermabrasion' treatment. This treatment has more elements and Increases hydration.

This 6 step treatment is a great treatment for skin health as well as treating various concerns.

Both treatments will improve texture, tone, cellular turnover and fine lines.


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Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

Hydrafacial vs Microdermabrasion

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Microdermabrasion has been around for many years, its a deep exfoliation for the skin improving texture and tone. Hydrafacial is a more advanced version sometimes referred to as 'Wet Microdermabrasion' treatment. This treatment has more elements and Increases hydration.

This 6 step treatment is a great treatment for skin health as well as treating various concerns.

Both treatments will improve texture, tone, cellular turnover and fine lines.


Kind regards


Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

Hydrafacial versus Microdermabrasion

Hydrafacial and hydrating facials in general are a type of microdermabrasion.  Both treatments are designed to microdermabrade the skin, helping to do a deeper exfoliation of the skin.  Long term changes are typically not seen with either technique.  The benefit of the hydrafacial is that it combines extractions and a light peel with it so the skin can feel cleaner and unclogged.  Both treatments allow the skin to be penetrated with skin care products such as growth factors since a small portion of the top layer has been exfoliated.  

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 167 reviews

Hydrafacial versus Microdermabrasion

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Hydrafacial and hydrating facials in general are a type of microdermabrasion.  Both treatments are designed to microdermabrade the skin, helping to do a deeper exfoliation of the skin.  Long term changes are typically not seen with either technique.  The benefit of the hydrafacial is that it combines extractions and a light peel with it so the skin can feel cleaner and unclogged.  Both treatments allow the skin to be penetrated with skin care products such as growth factors since a small portion of the top layer has been exfoliated.  

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 167 reviews

Microdermabrasion helps clear clogged pores

Microdermabrasion is an aggressive exfoliation that has suction to clean out your pores.  It has been around a long time but it is still a great treatment.  There are some newer variations of microdermabrasion, including hydrafacial and silk peel.  They are similar to microdermabrasion but add in hydration.  So they exfoliate and have suction to clean pores, but they also hydrate as well.   They both will improve the texture of your skin which will soften fine lines, but neither will remove sunspots.  Consider and IPL for that.

Heather Haley, MD
Mobile Dermatologic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Microdermabrasion helps clear clogged pores

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Microdermabrasion is an aggressive exfoliation that has suction to clean out your pores.  It has been around a long time but it is still a great treatment.  There are some newer variations of microdermabrasion, including hydrafacial and silk peel.  They are similar to microdermabrasion but add in hydration.  So they exfoliate and have suction to clean pores, but they also hydrate as well.   They both will improve the texture of your skin which will soften fine lines, but neither will remove sunspots.  Consider and IPL for that.

Heather Haley, MD
Mobile Dermatologic Surgeon

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We offer both hydrafacial and microdermabrasion in our office. 90% of the time we recommend hydrafacial over microdermabrasion. 

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We offer both hydrafacial and microdermabrasion in our office. 90% of the time we recommend hydrafacial over microdermabrasion. 

Hydrafacial is a great treatment

I prefer the Hydrafacial vs Microdermabrasion. The Hydrafacial gently exfoliates the top layer of skin and we can infuse serums at the same time. It can be completely customized based on what your skin needs are. We are also able to infuse light peels and it is great for extractions. Patients always love how good their skin looks and feels following the Hydrafacial. 

Hydrafacial is a great treatment

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I prefer the Hydrafacial vs Microdermabrasion. The Hydrafacial gently exfoliates the top layer of skin and we can infuse serums at the same time. It can be completely customized based on what your skin needs are. We are also able to infuse light peels and it is great for extractions. Patients always love how good their skin looks and feels following the Hydrafacial. 

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