Microdermabrasion vs Hydrafacial- So What Is The Difference?

Either Microdermabrasion or the Hydrafacial are great options for a complete anti-aging approach.Both cleanse and exfoliate, brighten your skin, improve fine lines and wrinkles, while stimulating the production of collagen over time. Both options are minimally invasive, thus no social downtime. Keeping in mind that a skin cycle is 6 weeks, either choice is perfect for maintaining overall beautiful skin at regular intervals (4-6 weeks between treatments).

Either way, it’s not one and then you’re done! Skin requires maintenance like anything else, and if you are looking for that Hollywood healthy glow with no downtime these are your go to’s.


There are a variety of machines, however they all provide exfoliation. An abrasive instrument is used to gently “sand” the outer layer of the skin, while at the same time suction is used to carry the dead skin cells away.

Microdermabrasion is painless, and removes the outer layer of your skin, which is a “dead” layer, and once removed the skin immediately feels softer, smoother, and reveals a healthy pink glow.Microdermabrasion cleans out the pores (extraction), stimulates blood flow, and encourages the production of collagen.

  • Pros: Great for all skin types.Side effects and risks are minimal. Works well for stretch marks. Good for diminishing deep freckles and age spots. Minimizes large pores. Fine lines, wrinkles. Pairs well when done prior to a chemical peel application.
  • Cons: Can affect skin color in darker skin, although rare. Best not used with open sores, active rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, surface capillaries, and other skin conditions.


Sometimes referred to as a “Wet Microdermabrasion” or “Hydradermabrasion”.
This is a procedure that is customizable, provides deep cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction all while delivering antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ultimately hydrating the skin. Following a Hydrafacial your skin will immediately glow and you will notice that skin products penetrate much easier.As with the microdermabrasion you will stimulate blood flow, and ultimately encourage the production of collagen.

  • Pros: Great for all skin types.Side effects and risks minimal.Minimizes large pores, fine lines, wrinkles. Removes excess oil. This is a great option to do right before you have a big event planned, as your skin will glow, and with the added moisture will appear smoother.
  • Cons: Some experience redness and irritation post procedure, however this doesn’t last long. Best avoided with certain ongoing skin conditions.


This will vary on where you elect to have your procedure done, and also by where you live.

  • Microdermabrasion: cost from $75-$150 per treatment.
  • Hydrafacial: cost from $150-$300 per treatment.