Microdermabrasion vs Dermaplane: Which one is right for you?


When considering light facial treatments, microdermabrasion and dermaplaning are two of the most popular options available. They are similar, but there are some separate benefits and drawbacks to consider when making your choice!

Microdermabrasion: A light cosmetic procedure to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells using a diamond tip suction wand. It aids in reducing the appearance of large pores and fine lines.  It requires no downtime and can be combined with facials, peels, and sheet masks. Its not for those with rosacea, broken capillaries, excessively dry or thin skin or severe acne.

Dermaplaning: An exfoliation performed with a sterile scalpel held at a 45 degree angle and lightly passed over the skin in a scraping motion. It removes layers of dead skin building along with "peach fuzz" from the face. It leaves a beautifully smooth skin surface and aids in the penetration of products and serums. It requires no downtime and can be combined with facials, peels and sheet masks. Good for most skin types, but not well suited for deep lines or skin with irregular texture.  Also not ideal for severe acne as it can spread bacteria present in blemishes.

Which one is right for you?  These skin care treatments have a lot in common.  Both resurface skin and speed up cell turnover leading to smoother, younger looking skin.  Both require regular treatments for best results, both can be combined with other services for better results, and neither requires any down time.   That said, dermaplaning is more aggressive than microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is more of a maintenance treatment while dermaplaning is for correcting existing problems.

In short if you're looking for a preventative or maintenance facial and you do not have rosacea or broken capillaries microdermabrasion would be a nice treatment for you.  If you want a more significant exfoliation and a safer facial treatment option (no suction) dermaplaning would be the better choice.  With either treatment, we always recommend an enzyme treatment and/or a sheet mask to enhance the results!   Several of our facials contain these treatments, 90 minute service choices are recommended for dermaplaning.

If you need help choosing between microdermabrasion and dermaplane for your skin care needs, we offer FREE 30 minute consultations with a medical esthetician who can give you an in depth assessment and recommendation!



  1. Colleen Werle on December 18, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    I have peach fuss, upper lip, chin hair. I want to use Dermaflash, but I’m alittle concerned that I won’t be able to hold my hand steady enough.

    • Michelle on December 18, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      While Dermaflash is not equivalent to a professional dermaplane treatment, it certainly can help you keep up with the hair growth on the face in between trip to your esthetician! Dermaplane treatments are done with a scalpel and are targeted at removing dead skin along with the hair. Dermaflash blades are protective and generally will not remove skin, only hair. Many of our clients have complained they have accidentally shaved off portions of their eyebrows when attempting to use Dermaflash at home so that is something to consider! Thank you for your comment!

  2. Chris on April 2, 2020 at 7:35 am

    If I dermaplane and do microdermabrasion, can I do both one after the other or should I do them on separate days?

    • Michelle on April 2, 2020 at 11:39 am

      Chris, these are both forms of exfoliation so you would not do both at the same time. For example, you could do a dermaplane with a peel one day, and then a week later get a light microdermabrasion to clear away the remaining dead skin from the peel. Great question!