Hydradermabrasion vs. Traditional Microdermabrasion

As a spa professional, you're always on the lookout for innovative treatments that can elevate your clients' experience and your business.

This blog delves into the distinctions between hydradermabrasion and traditional microdermabrasion, helping you make an informed decision on which to incorporate into your spa menu.

The Evolution of Dermabrasion Treatments

Dermabrasion treatments have come a long way since the advent of traditional microdermabrasion. The latest buzz in the skincare industry is hydradermabrasion, a gentler yet effective alternative. But what sets it apart from its predecessor?

The Mechanics of Traditional Microdermabrasion

Traditional microdermabrasion uses a handheld device that sprays fine crystal particles across the skin's surface. These particles exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells, which are then vacuumed away. The process stimulates blood flow and the production of collagen and elastin, leading to smoother, younger-looking skin.

The AquaBoost Approach to Hydradermabrasion

In contrast to traditional microdermabrasion, AquaBoost's hydradermabrasion technology takes a more skin-friendly approach. Instead of physically abrading the skin, AquaBoost infuses it with hydrating serums. This plumps up the skin cells below the surface, accelerating the turnover of dead skin cells. The treatment deeply cleanses, extracts impurities, and nourishes the skin with serums, all in a single 30-minute session.

What sets AquaBoost even further apart is the CryoWand, which adds a cool, soothing finish to the treatment. This results in remarkably smooth, radiant skin without the downtime or irritation commonly associated with traditional methods.

Key Differences

  • Level of Abrasiveness: Hydradermabrasion is less abrasive, making it suitable for sensitive skin types.
  • Hydration Factor: The infusion of hydrating serums makes hydradermabrasion more beneficial for dry or dehydrated skin.
  • Versatility: Hydradermabrasion can be customized with various serums to address specific skin concerns like acne, pigmentation, and aging.
  • Downtime: Typically, hydradermabrasion has little to no downtime, unlike traditional microdermabrasion, which may require a recovery period.

Making the Choice: Which is Right for Your Spa?

Both treatments have their merits, but hydradermabrasion offers a more holistic approach to skin care. If you're looking to offer a versatile, less abrasive, and more hydrating option, hydradermabrasion might be the way to go.

Final Thoughts

Understanding the differences between hydradermabrasion and traditional microdermabrasion can help you make an informed decision for your spa business. Both have their unique benefits, but the key is to choose the one that aligns with your clients' needs and your business goals.

Quick Overview: Hydradermabrasion Study Findings

Objective: Validate hydradermabrasion for facial rejuvenation and test its effect on skin antioxidant levels.


  • Participants: 20 women, aged 34-56, split into two groups.
  • Group A: Six hydradermabrasion treatments with a polyphenolic antioxidant serum.
  • Group B: Six manual applications of the same antioxidant serum.
  • Interval: Treatments were spaced 7-10 days apart.
  • Measurements: Digital photographs, skin biopsies, and skin polyphenolic antioxidant levels were recorded before and after treatment.


  • Group A:
    • Increased epidermal and papillary dermal thickness.
    • Significant increase in skin polyphenolic antioxidant levels.
    • Improvements in fine lines, pore size, and hyperpigmentation.
    • No reported complications or side effects.
  • Group B:
    • No noticeable changes in skin quality or antioxidant levels.

Citation: PubMed

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