• Clients receiving microdermabrasion treatment and microneedling treatment

    Microdermabrasion VS Microneedling: What’s the Difference?

    Helping you understand the difference between two of our most popular treatments

A common enquiry that we receive is what the difference between microdermabrasion and microneedling is. Whilst these treatments both work to regenerate and produce newer, healthier skin, there are clear disparities that differentiate them, which we’re here to help explain to you.

As an overview, microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment that uses a hand held vacuum and crystals to relieve dullness and unclog pores as well as smooth away early signs of lines or wrinkles. Whereas microneedling is a treatment that uses micro-fine needles to rejuvenate the skin (commonly where there is scarring, marks left from spots and large pores), by kick-starting collagen production which your skin needs to stay firm and regenerate scar tissue.

Below we explain more about these treatments, and outline the clear differences between the two, so that you can understand your skin treatments better!

How does it work?Crystals are applied to the skin and immediately vacuumed away to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin. A small handheld vacuum tool is used to allow the crystals to work into the skin and stimulate collagen production, giving the skin a plumped, refreshed look.There are two types of micro-needling treatments that we offer at DestinationSkin. One uses a Genuine Dermaroller, and one uses an Electronic Dermastamp.

The Genuine Dermaroller is a small handheld roller tool containing micro-fine needles. It is gently rolls over the skin to encourage it to regenerate healthier, firmer skin. The Electronic Dermastamp works in the same way except the tool used is electronically controlled.
Does the treatment hurt?In general Microdermabrasion is not a treatment that causes any pain. The sensation it gives can be described as a very light suction from the vacuum being rolled over the skin.Sensitivity to pain varies from person to person, and in some circumstances microneedling can be reported as uncomfortable, depending on the depth of the needle. To reduce any discomfort experienced during this treatment, a numbing cream can be applied to the skin prior to beginning the treatment, and in fact many clients report that they don’t feel it at all!
What concerns does it target? Dull/tired skin, blackheads, clogged pores, fine lines.Acne scarring, fine lines, large pores, stretchmarks.
Is it invasive?No, microdermabrasion is not an invasive treatment.In some circumstances patients can experience some bleeding, however this is generally in the case of those with severe acne scarring or stretchmarks, where the depth of the needle is set higher, and even then bleeding is minimal. After treatment, if the patient has experienced slight bleeding, our practitioners will carry out thorough aftercare to ensure your skin is healed and you are feel comfortable.
Are there any side effects?No chemicals or acids are used in this treatment, therefore we would not expect anyone to experience any side effects.Again, we do not use any chemicals or acids in this treatment therefore you should not have any adverse reactions.
Is there any down time? One of the great things about microdermabrasion is that there’s no down time!As mentioned above, you may look a bit red immediately after treatment or experience minimal bleeding, however this will be treated before you leave clinic and any redness has usually fully subsided a couple of hours after treatment.
Can everyone have treatment? We would not recommend this treatment for those who have active acne, as this can spread the condition across the face, however other than this there are no constraints on who can have microdermabrasion.We do not advise this treatment for clients that are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How much does it cost?Microdermabrasion is £69 for a single treatment, or for a course of 3 it is £189.Microneedling begins at £129 for a single session or £299 for a course of 3.

Top 3 points to remember:

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  1. Microdermabrasion uses vacuum and crystal technology to deeply exfoliate and unclog the skin whereas microneedling uses micro-fine needles to encourage the production of collagen and increase firmness within the skin.
  2. Microdermabrasion is best for treating clogged pores, tired/dull skin and blackheads whereas microneedling is great for treating acne scarring, stretchmarks and lines and wrinkles.
  3. Microdermabrasion is not invasive however as microneedling involves needles rolling over the skin, there may be some bleeding during treatment.


  • After 4 Dermaroller treatments + DermaQuest Stem Cell Rebuilding Complex & Heliocare SPF

  • One session of Dermaroller for stretchmarks

  • Immediately after one session of Microdermabrasion

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