As we age, our skin becomes thinner, weaker, and less elastic, and is more likely to develop wrinkles and other aging-related irregularities. Fortunately, there are ways to boost the natural collagen in your skin to improve its appearance. Microneedling and microdermabrasion are two options, but many patients want to know: Is microdermabrasion effective? Does microneedling actually work? Philadelphia-area women and men seeking facial rejuvenation are often unsure about whether microneedling or microdermabrasion will be better for their skin.

Since there are so many different aesthetic treatments available, it can be difficult knowing which is right for you. Fortunately, all you truly need to know is that you would like to improve your complexion and tone. A member of the Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa can take it from there, recommending a customized treatment plan for you. 

 Microneedling and microdermabrasion are ideal for addressing similar superficial cosmetic issues. Both are relatively quick treatments that can be completed in less than an hour and produce a brighter complexion and a more even skin tone.

However, while the two treatments target similar skin conditions—such as blemishes, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and enlarged pores—there are some major differences between them. 

Microdermabrasion is a superficial skin resurfacing technique that gently exfoliates dead or damaged skin cells from the outer surface using a device with an abrasive surface. Results are usually seen soon after a treatment, with improvements in texture and tone. Microneedling, on the other hand, works deeper in the skin and uses fine needles to create tiny channels that extend below the surface. This kickstarts regenerative processes in the deeper layers of the skin to encourage the production of more collagen and elastin. 

It usually takes several weeks to months for patients to see the final results from microneedling because the collagen growth occurs gradually. The results are typically longer lasting in comparison to microdermabrasion. Additionally, microneedling is a better choice for fine lines, wrinkles, and scars, as it results in more collagen production instead of focusing on removing dead skin and debris from the surface.

Microneedling requires the application of topical numbing, while microdermabrasion does not.  Many clients combine both treatments to obtain the best results.  

The most suitable procedure for you depends on your specific cosmetic conditions and your desired goals. 

Patients who want to learn more about microneedling and microdermabrasion can contact the Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa team directly. Call us at 610.525.5029 or send a message online to request a consultation and get to know more about our services. 

Victoria A. Cirillo-Hyland