Microdermabrasion vs HydraFacial™ Differences

Microdermabrasion vs HydraFacial™ Differences

While some people will always be microderm people and love the exfoliation it provides, they might also want some elements offered by a HydraFacial, which offers more than just exfoliation. It cleanses, extracts, exfoliates, and infuses antioxidants and hydration into the skin.

HydraFacial is completely customizable. Everyone’s skin is different, which is why we offer free consultations to determine which procedure is best for each patient’s skin. We always recommend a series of treatments when it comes to facial treatments because one isn’t enough to effect real change. 

For optimal results, we recommend a series of 6 Microdermabrasion procedures or 3-6 HydraFacials. Here’s some information to help understand the differences between Microdermabrasion and HydraFacial and find out what results patients can expect to see with each treatment.


There are different types of microderms, but they all exfoliate the skin. The technology we use at WIFH is DermaSweep MD, which is the most precise, comfortable, and effective Microdermabrasion out there. It uses bristle technology to exfoliate and it finishes up with the infusion of a serum selected based on the patient’s skin needs.1 

This procedure is painless and removes the top layer of skin, making the skin immediately softer and smoother. The microderm cleans pores, removes skin debris, stimulates blood flow, and encourages collagen formation to firm and tone the skin. We also recommend pairing Microdermabrasion with our Affirm Laser Skin Rejuvenation procedure to make the experience most effective; these can both be done on the same day.2


HydraFacial is basically a more advanced version of Microdermabrasion and is sometimes even referred to as a “Wet Microdermabrasion.” It is a medical grade, facial resurfacing treatment that offers immediate results with no downtime. The HydraFacial involves a multi-step process that is completely customizable.

This treatment is anything but basic: a standard HydraFacial cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, and hydrates with special serums full of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid.3. Each patient’s HydraFacial is also completely customizable based on your specific skin type and concerns.

The Medical Aesthetician will perform a thorough skin analysis before the treatment to determine which add-ons would be beneficial, including possible blue light therapy for acne or red light therapy for sun damage and skin repair. Patients can also add a peel for added exfoliation or growth factors to promote elastin and collagen production.4

Skin will feel completely rejuvenated after a HydraFacial. It literally glows! Patients notice skin products will have more noticeable effects and penetrate deeper. Makeup will also go on smoother and without settling into fine lines or pores.

HydraFacial is the perfect treatment just before a big event too, but a series is best as the results are cumulative and patients will see improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, acne, skin tone, texture and overall skin health.

Want More Information?

There is more information about Microdermabrasion and HydraFacial on our website. Visit our office for a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Medical Aestheticians.


  1. Shah M (2019). Microdermabrasion. StatPearls. 2019. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30571004
  2. Alexiades-Armenakas, MR (2008). The spectrum of laser skin resurfacing: nonablative, fractional, and ablative laser resurfacing. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2008; 58(5): Pages 738-740. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18423256
  3. Freedman BM (2009). Topical antioxidant application enhances the effects of facial microdermabrasion. Journal of Dermatological Treatment. 2009; 20(2): Pages 82-87. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18720185
  4. 4. O’Connor, AA (2018). Chemical peels: A review of current practice. Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2018; 59 (3): Pages 171-181. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29064096
About the Author

Sarah Richardson, LME

Sarah Richardson is a Licensed Medical Esthetician with over 8 years of skin care experience. Sarah is WIFH’s Lead Medical Esthetician and an Assistant Cosmetic Laser Practitioner licensed by the Georgia Medical Composite Board. Sarah also manages the skin care side of our practice. She is certified to perform Microneedling, VI Peels, SkinCeuticals & Skin Medical Peels, HydraFacial, SilkPeel, Dermaplaning, DermaSweep Microdermabrasion, IPL PhotoFacials, SculpSure.


Sondra Varoli

I am getting miconeeding every other month, and micobrasion every other month. I was wondering is Hydrafacial better than the two iam taking?

Lindsay Spires

All of these procedures do a great job rejuvenating the skin. You definitely need a series of microneedling treatments to see the best results and the benefits will continue up to 6 weeks following treatment. Microderms help to keep all of the dead skin away so your skin is nice and exfoliated and fresh. You could swap the microderm for a HydraFacial so that you get the benefit from the serums that are infused into the skin. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these. Are you asking because you aren’t seeing the results you were hoping for? Do you know what kind of microneedling device they are using on you? If you give us some specifics we might be able to guide you better (what skin condition are you trying to address, what results are you seeing so far, how many treatments have you had?)


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