Microdermabrasion vs. Photofacial

by Luke Willson


These days, medical spas and laser clinics use a dizzying array of technologies. It can be a bit daunting to sift through the myriad of options, when all you want to know is how to improve your skin. So, how do you decide which treatment is best for you? Microdermabrasion and IPL Photofacial (aka. Fotofacial) are two tried-and-true procedures that have been gaining popularity due to the wide variety of skin conditions they can treat. Effective on nearly any area of the body, they can even be combined for enhanced results. We have gathered together some information about Microdermabrasion and Photofacial to help you decide...

Microdermabrasion Facts

Invented in Europe during the mid-1980s, Microdermabrasion is one of the most effective treatments available for improving your skin and giving problem areas a remarkably rejuvenated look and feel. Whether it’s something specific you need to treat or you just want a monthly “refresher,” Microdermabrasions are among the most popular, time-tested treatments available. During the procedure, the “microderm machine” directs a pressurized stream of crystals on the skin to penetrate and exfoliate while gently removing upper layers of skin. Used for acne, stretch marks, acne scars, age spots, enlarged pores, wrinkles and rosacea, the treated area is left increasingly soft, smooth, and clear.

IPL Photofacial Facts

IPL Photofacial is another highly popular procedure that treats many of the same conditions as Microdermabrasion. Instead of a stream of crystals, it uses Intense Pulsed Light to safely penetrate the skin at the deepest level, causing collagen and connective tissue growth. IPL Photofacial, which is often identified as Fotofacial or IPL Photo Rejuvenation, can treat sun damage, rosacea, age spots, wrinkles, pigment problems, bags under the eyes, and large pores. Even if you’re just looking for more of a general facial rejuvenation option (rather than specific solution to an imperfection), a Photofacial can usually fit the bill. Results are usually visible after your first session, but most people will require 5-8 sessions (usually less than 40 minutes each) to see the maximum effects.

Differences Between Microdermabrasion & IPL Photofacial

While Microdermabrasion and IPL Photofacial treat many of the same conditions, there are some significant differences. To put it simply, a Photofacial is a tad more intense than the average Microdermabrasion. Many have reported a slight burning sensation under the IPL, similar to the snap of a rubber band on the skin (numbing creams are usually made available to reduce this sensation). Unfortunately, people with dark skin tones are not candidates for the Photofacial, due to the higher levels of melanin in their skin. This is not the case with Microderm. One of the main advantages of IPL Photofacial is that results last longer. Most people need to return each month for a touch-up treatment with Microdermabrasion, but it may be years before you need to return for another series of Photofacial sessions.

Keep in mind that a personal consultation with a medical professional is always the best way to learn about which treatment is best for you. To find a convenient local clinic offering Microderm or Photofacial treatments, click here or call 866.471.8874.

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