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Hydrodermabrasion vs. Microdermabrasion

Rhonda Swant - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Our skin is a visual representation of our health. Therefore, most people want their skin to look its best. The arid climate in Salt Lake City can be especially hard on skin, so we should pay extra attention to skin health. Microdermabrasion and hydrodermabrasion are two procedures that require no surgery or recovery time, but make a huge difference in skin vitality and appearance. The results are similar, but there are a few key differences that can make one procedure better than the other depending on your individual needs.

Treatable Skin Conditions

Microdermabrasion and hydrodermabrasion can improve the following conditions:

  • Uneven skin tone or texture
  • Acne scars
  • Dull luster
  • Melasma
  • Minor, fine lines
  • Clogged pores
  • Blackheads

What Is Microdermabrasion?

With microdermabrasion, we use a handheld wand that sprays microcrystals on the face to exfoliate the skin. The abrasive crystals slough off dull, surface-level skin cells, revealing the fresher, younger skin underneath. The procedure is minimally-invasive. Outside of some redness and sensitivity to sunlight, there are virtually no side effects other than smoother, refreshed skin.

What Is Hydrodermabrasion?

Hydrodermabrasion is a new procedure that also exfoliates skin. It differs from microdermabrasion because it employs saline solution and oxygen rather than microcrystals. With hydrodermabrasion, the device sprays a supersonic jet of water droplets, which peels away the top layer of the skin. The result is similar to a microdermabrasion treatment, but it also has the added benefit of improving circulation and hydrating the skin. This procedure also boosts collagen production, which has an anti-aging effect on the skin.

Which Procedure Is Better?

The answer depends on the unique skin concerns of each individual. People with sensitive skin may be better suited for the gentler hydrodermabrasion procedure. Also, certain skin conditions like acne and blotchiness can be worsened by microdermabrasion, in which case hydrodermabrasion would be preferred. However, microdermabrasion is still a safe and pain-free treatment for people who desire smoother, fresher-looking skin.

Microdermabrasion/Hydrodermabrasion Aftercare

Microdermabrasion and hydrodermabrasion are effective and accessible for residents in Salt Lake City. Because both procedures involve some level of exfoliation, you should avoid direct sunlight after receiving treatment. You should also use gentle cleansers and moisturizers, drink plenty of water, and keep an eye out for any prolonged redness or irritation. Some people may require multiple treatments to achieve the best results. If you are trying to decide between these two procedures, a consultation with a skin expert will help identify the ideal solution for your unique needs.