Micro-Everything: Which Skin Treatment Is Right for You?

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In the world of dermatology, there are treatments and products for every kind of patient need. But how do you decide which skincare treatment is right for you? That can be a confusing question for those not familiar with the various procedure names, especially when it comes to the three popular “micro” treatments. While the treatments all sound similar, each creates distinct results and addresses different issues.

In this blog post, I’ll explain the benefits and expected results of microdermabrasion, microneedling, and microblading. Together with a dermatologist at our DC-area practice, you can decide which “micro” treatment best suits your needs.


  • Works well for: exfoliation, brightening skin

Microdermabrasion is an exfoliation technique that clears away dead cells. Treatment involves spraying crystal particles across the skin and gently massaging them in circles. As the particles sweep away imperfections, an attached vacuum pump suctions away the dead skin.

The practice’s DermaSweep system can also apply a topical solution that helps treat acne and clear clogged pores. Other solutions can be used to treat dry spots, brighten skin, and reveal fresh new skin underneath.


  • Works well for: smoothing imperfections, improving skin texture

Microneedling is a nonsurgical treatment that smooths and tones the skin. By using tiny needles to create microscopic injuries, it stimulates the body to produce more collagen and elastin, creating a more youthful complexion.

Microneedling is appealing because it addresses a large variety of skin problems, including stretch marks, wrinkles, acne scars, and even hair fallout. It can also reduce the size of pores and fight signs of sun damage and aging. This versatile treatment is so effective that the best dermatologists in DC and around the country frequently recommend it.


  • Works well for: darkening eyebrows, creating semi-permanent makeup 

Microblading is a treatment often used to create darker, thicker eyebrows—all without the need for makeup. A small, hand-held device containing micro-needles is used to make tiny scratches on the skin. Dye is placed in those small scratches to create the appearance of eyebrow hairs (somewhat similar to the tattooing process).

While microblading is most commonly used for eyebrows, it can also be used to pigment the eyelids and lips, to mimic the look of eye shadow, eyeliner, or lipstick. This semi-permanent makeup can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months with patients requesting touch-up procedures as needed.

While each of these treatments can help create a flattering, fresh-faced look, they can be combined to produce even better results. Other procedures—such as fat reduction or skin tightening—can also be used to achieve full-body transformation without the need for surgery.

Always trust a professional dermatologist with your skincare treatments. If you would like to learn more about skin rejuvenation treatments such as microneedling, contact my DC practice by request a consultation online or call us at (202) 393-7546.

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