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Does dermabrasion work as well as microdermabrasion?


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American Academy of Dermatology
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Dermabrasion is a surgical treatment, and is a much more invasive treatment than microdermabrasion. It involves the use of a wire brush, an ablative laser, or sandpaper to remove several layers of the skin. It may result in pinpoint bleeding and can require one or more weeks to heal completely. It has been used for acne scarring and deep wrinkles.

Microdermabrasion is much less invasive and can be performed by non-medical personnel, such as an aesthetician. Afterward, there could be slight erythema (pinkness) to the cheeks, but minimal downtime otherwise.

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