Micro-dermabrasion $100 – $200
Dermabrasion $1,000 and up
Micro-dermabrasion No recovery
Dermabrasion 2 – 3 weeks
(The following is general information: Consult with your plastic surgeon for more detailed complication risks – specific to your body, current health and exact chosen procedure)
Redness is common
Dermabrasion has rare risk of:
infection, discolouration, fever blisters, scarring, skin sensitivity
Dermabrasion and micro-dermabrasion in Canada
Dermabrasion is a treatment which removes the outer layers of your skin unveiling fresh new skin. It is used to reduce wrinkles, lines, blemishes, uneven skin and in some cases to improve acne, facial scars and to remove pre cancerous growths.
Considered a surgical procedure Dermabrasion is usually performed in a surgeon’s office. You may be given sedation, local anesthetic and/or a topical anesthetic. During the treatment a high speed rotating brush or a burr containing diamond particles is used to sand off layers of damaged skin, with the surgeon controlling the degree of penetration. After the procedure your skin may be dressed and you will be swollen and red. The outer layer of the skin will peel and scab and the fresh skin will appear red then fade. It is important you avoid the sun and wear protection…not only during your recovery as the skin is very fragile but permenantly so not to damage the new skin.
Dermaplaning is a similar procedure where the surgeon uses an instrument called a dermatone that has an oscillating blade. It ‘skims’ off layers of skin to make it smooth and as level as the surrounding skin.
A few important factors to consider before undergoing surgical skin procedures are skin colouring and medical history. Darker complexions and Asian skin may become permanently discoloured or blotchy. Those prone to allergic rashes or other skin reactions, or who get frequent fever blisters or cold sores, may experience a flare-up.
Microdermabrasion is more of a superficial treatment and does not produce the same effects as Dermabrasion. It exfoliates the outer layer of the skin and can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, uneven skin tone and dryness. The Microdermabrasion equipment has a handheld device that contains aluminum oxide crystals that are sprayed against your skin and debris is sucked away.This treatment is milder than Dermabrasion or chemical peel but produces better results than a general facial. Results are subtle but your skin will look radiant and feel extremely smooth.
Dermabrasion/micro-dermabrasion, like many non-surgical procedures, do not have to be performed by a plastic surgeon, but care should be taken when choosing a clinic as there are risks involved if the treatment is not performed with care. With microdermabrasion there are even spas offering the service, and although it is not as abrasive as dermabrasion you should still be very careful at who you choose to perform the treatment. Many Canadian plastic surgeons have medical aesthetic staff performing dermabrasion/micro-dermabrasion treatments at their clinics.