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Microdermabrasion and Microneedling: Which Treatment is Right for You?

Are you confused about the differences between microdermabrasion and microneedling? We explain the difference between the two skin rejuvenation treatments offered here at Laser Skin & Vein. We explain all the details related to microdermabrasion and microneedling. Keep reading to find out which treatment is right for you!


What It Is:

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedure that cleanses, extracts, exfoliates, hydrates and infuses skin. It uses suction to remove all the dead skin cells whilst stimulating circulation. 

Who Can Benefit From Microdermabrasion:

Microdermabrasions are suitable for all skin types and ages. This treatment can help with a number of skin concerns such as:

  • Active acne and scarring
  • Improve appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve skin texture, appearance, tone and overall quality
  • Blackheads, enlarged pores
  • Brown and age spots
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Sun damage
  • Melasma 

Treatment Time and Cost:

Microdermabrasion treatments are 20-30 minutes. Price ranges from $99- $260 depending on the area and type of microdermabrasion. One treatment each month is suggested for constant improvement in appearance of skin. 

Post Treatment:

Microdermabrasion treatments have no downtime, although skin redness may last a few hours after treatment. Some clients may experience swelling, mild tenderness or flaking post treatment. However, often these disappear after a few hours. 

Results can be seen from just one treatment. A more even and radiant skin tone is noticeable immediately, with skin appearing visibly cleansed.


What It Is:

Microneedling uses fine needles to puncture the skin’s outer layer, creating wounds beneath the skin. This stimulates the body’s collagen production and elastin triggered in a response to heal the wound. In comparison to microdermabrasion, microneedling is more invasive.

Who Can Benefit From Microneedling:

Microneedling is suitable for all skin types and ages. This treatment can help with limited skin concerns:

  • Acne and other types of scars
  • Improve appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Large pores
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Improve skin elasticity
  • Stretch marks 

Procedure Time, Cost and Number of Treatments Required:

Microneedling treatments are 30-40 minutes. For treatments of 0.5mm deep or more, an additional 30-40 minutes is required for topical anaesthetic cream application. A full face of skin needling is priced at $300. For other areas, a consultation is required for pricing. 

The number of treatments vary for each skin concern. For stretch marks, an average of 10 treatments are required every 4-6 weeks. Acne scarring requires 6 treatments every 6 weeks. Skin rejuvenation requires 4-6 treatments every 4 weeks.

Post Treatment:

Microneedling typically has no downtime, however redness may last up to 12-48 hours post treatment. Some clients may experience slight peeling, swelling, pinpoint bleeding and extreme sensitivity. This will decrease and disappear within two days. 

From just one treatment, scarring begins to fade and overall skin quality improves. Skin will look luminous and plump for a few weeks post treatment


Microdermabrasion and microneedling are both useful and beneficial for common skin concerns as discussed. However, they differ in terms of their methods. If you’re looking to treat severe skin issues such as acne scars, microneedling is more suitable. For less severe skin concerns such as overall skin quality, microdermabrasion is better suited. Please book a consultation with one of our experts to assess your skin and which treatment would be right for you. For greater results, the two skin treatments can be combined. However, please consult a qualified medical expert for advice. 

Contact Us:

Microdermabrasion and microneedling are one of the many skin rejuvenation treatments offered here at Laser Skin and Vein Clinic Adelaide. Our team of experts are here to enhance your beauty and be confident in your skin. If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to give us a call on (08) 8267 2800 or contact us.

North Adelaide

262 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, 
South Australia 5006

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Tuesday 11:00am – 6:00pm
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South Australia 5061

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