I wrote an article on my homepage about my experience with dermaplaning. It was a highly effective treatment for exfoliating the skin, yet I had always loved microdermabrasion, so Liliana and I decided to compare the two. The dermaplaning treatment was not what I would consider a relaxing spa experience, but I wasn't there to be pampered. I was there to get rid of those awful marks on my face. To my surprise, it wasn't all that bad, and I was actually able to sink into the comfort of being off my feet in the middle of the afternoon. My skin was radiant for nearly a week after the treatment, yet it didn't have that strange, mask type effect I've seen so often on women who have had chemical peels. Most importantly of all, my scars were fading.
The microdermabrasion treatment was an all together different experience. As soon as I lie on the table, my hands were rubbed with oil and placed in warm mitts. I was covered in snug blankets. The microdermabrasion itself, well, not so comforting. Liliana used a physician's formula machine, which was more harsh than a regular machine, but at the same time, so much more effective. She used natural sea salts instead of chemical agents, so my sensitive skin didn't have a reaction. The treatment concluded with a bleaching cream containing aloe vera and sunflower oil. For days, I walked around without wearing makeup. My skin looked and felt better than it ever had.
This is a difficult call. I think both treatments are incredibly effective, and both removed the fine lines and spots. There was no redness or breakouts experienced from either treatment. While the microdermabrasion had more of an immediate result, I believe the radiance from the dermaplaning lasted a bit longer and got deeper into the dermis. I also love that took away any facial hair.
The combination of dermaplaning and microdermabrasion (and I will add, I've only had three all together) was a powerful force against all the damage I had done to my skin. I'm adding a photo of how my face looks after the treatments. I would have added a before photo, but I didn't dare take a close up of my face without makeup with those dreaded spots. I would highly suggest that before investing in expensive, evasive treatments, look into other options. Skin is so delicate, yet so forgiving. I am 45 years old and have never been under the knife of a plastic surgeon, I have never had harsh chemicals placed on my skin. There are other methods of retaining youthful skin, methods that create long lasting results as opposed to a quick fix, results that don't damage our skin and give us that ethereal glow.