Hydrafacial is the latest trend taking the skincare world by storm. However, we have heard a lot of our patients comment that it is really just similar to another crowd favorite, microdermabrasion. Hence, today in this article, we are going to discuss the difference between the two. How does hydrafacial differ from microdermabrasion? And which one is better? Can they even be compared? Or they are two entirely different procedures altogether?
Well, let’s get to answering those questions! But first, let’s determine what hydrafacial is, and what microdermabrasion is, also for the benefit of those who are not familiar with the terms yet.
Hydrafacial and Microdermabrasion
Hydrafacial is a procedure that includes an exfoliation stage, a suction stage, and a moisturizing stage. These are done by using a handheld device which resembles a vacuum cleaner. Microdermabrasion too, exfoliates the skin and moisturizes it, also with a handheld device. Only this time, it resembles a rotary tool with a sanding bit, since it uses a tip made of fine crystals in order to “shave” away the topmost layer of the skin.
How does Hydrafacial Work?
Hydrafacial’s first stage is, as what we have already mentioned, an exfoliation stage. It is actually done in order to loosen up the particles and dead skin to make way for the suction stage. What’s great about hydrafacial is the fact that it effectively removes all the dirt from the skin and all of its pores, even the deep-seated ones! Not convinced? Just ask your skin care expert to show you the cup where all your face dirt goes too. Disgusting, isn’t it? And to think those were all on your face.
After that, with all the pores clear and ready to accept anything, a hydrating serum will be applied. The result is a clean, clear, and well moisturized face!
How About Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion’s magic, on the other hand, relies on the exfoliation and collagen production stimulation of the skin in order to help it with its impurities. The exfoliation procedure will shed off the topmost layer of the skin in a way which will stimulate it to produce collagen. Collagen is the component in charge of skin repair. It makes sure that the skin renews, black spots lighten, and most of all, that it’s tight yet elastic to ward off fine lines and wrinkles.
So…Which One is Better for Me?
This will depend on your specific skin issues. If you want to make sure which treatment is going to be more effective based on your skin’s needs and your aesthetic goal, we suggest for you to consult your skin care expert.
Both procedures, after all, are very effective when it comes to giving the skin a little lovin’. Both procedures are virtually painless too (Although patients report hydrafacial as less painful). And both procedures have really short recovery time (Note: you can simply resume your daily activities right after both treatments.)
In the end, as with all skin treatments, this question is a case-to-case basis which is better left answered to those who know your skin more intimately. Good luck and stay beautiful!