Dermabrasion vs Microdermabrasion

By Dr. Randy Rudderman
In Medical Spa Articles

Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are two treatments used to address fine lines, sun damage, and scarring. These procedures exfoliating surface layers of the skin and remove imperfections caused by aging and the sum.

Both are effective treatments, however, they are very different in the techniques used. Dermabrasion is far more invasive and it requires significantly longer recovery time.

It’s important to note that dermabrasion is considered an old school procedure and most cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists have replaced dermabrasion with microdermabrasion.


Dermabrasion is a fairly invasive surgical procedure that requires a local anesthetic. Once the skin is numb, an abrasive device is used to exfoliate the skin and remove the outer layer. Because this treatment is more invasive than microdermabrasion, it does come with risks. These side effects can include scarring, changes in skin tone, enlarged pores, redness, swelling, bleeding, and rashes. Recovery time can take up to thirty days.


Microdermabrasion is a painless, noninvasive procedure that gently sands the skin and removes the outermost layer of skin cells. Unlike the antiquated dermabrasion procedure, this treatment does not require anesthesia. There is no recovery time or downtime.

Microdermabrasion is safe for all skin types. It assists with improving wrinkles and fine lines, age and brown spots, enlarged pores and blackheads, acne, stretch marks, and uneven skin tones. Microdermabrasion is an excellent choice for a deep exfoliation of your skin.

Another benefit of microdermabrasion is it is far less expensive than dermabrasion. The ultimate price will be influenced by the expertise of the person performing the treatment, the type of microdermabrasion procedure performed, and the geographic location of the office.

Consult a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

If you are considering dermabrasion or microdermabrasion, it is best to consult a trusted, experienced Licensed Aesthetician who preferably works in a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon’s office. This will allow you an opportunity to discuss your needs and ultimate goals, then receive professional advice on the best procedure to address your skin concerns.

Contact our office at 678-566-7200 to schedule a consultation at our Midtown Atlanta or Alpharetta office.

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Dr. Randy Rudderman

Since 1989, Dr. Randy Rudderman has been in private Plastic Surgery practice in Atlanta, focusing on the full range of aesthetic procedures – eyelid surgery, breast augmentation and breast lifts, liposuction, abdominoplasty, facelifts and facial reconstruction, among others. He also has a distinguished career in the reconstructive surgery arena, including facial and breast reconstruction. He has worked as a key member of teams from several prestigious organizations – including the AO-ASIF (Association for the Study of Internal Fixation) Foundation in Davos, Switzerland, and has conducted research at Case Western Reserve University Medical Centers, CWRU Engineering School, and NASA – producing breakthroughs in joining the science of facial biomechanics and reconstructive Plastic Surgery with rapidly evolving technological innovations.

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