When it comes to removing dead skin cells to help exfoliate your skin, our patients have a variety of options to choose from. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are two of the most popular cosmetic treatments to help maintain healthy skin. They are also great options to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You may have a few questions on what the difference between the two treatments is and which one is best for you. Here is microdermabrasion vs a chemical peel: what you need to know!

The Procedure

While microdermabrasion and chemical peels both exfoliate the skin, they do it with completely different methods. Microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliation that uses an abrasive instrument to remove dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. Chemical peels achieve exfoliation through a chemical solution that breaks down the connection between dead skin cells and the epidermis. The dead skin is then shed or flaked off to reveal healthy and younger-looking skin below.

Best Uses

Microdermabrasion is best used for patients with blotchy skin and superficial scars. The procedure is able to improve the skin tone and texture and ward off any signs of aging. Chemical peels are also ideal to reduce the appearance of superficial scars but can also be used to treat skin discoloration. The chemical solution is also great at fighting skin breakouts.

Downtime

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that is pain free and does not require any significant downtown. In fact, most of our patients can return to everyday activities the day following their procedure. Chemical peels, on the other hand, may require additional recovery time due to the nature of the chemical solution used.

The Results

No matter what kind of skin type or tone you have, you are an ideal patient for microdermabrasion. Patients will find younger looking and glowing skin after just their first treatment. Long term results can be maintained through a series of treatments. Patients who receive chemical peels also report brighter looking skin that also feels smoother. While incredible results can be achieved after one peel, it is recommended that a series of treatment be completed for longer lasting results.

Exfoliation with the Skin & Vein Center: Microdermabrasion vs Chemical Peel

If you are looking to achieve younger looking skin, look no further than the Skin & Vein Center. Our technicians can you help you decide which treatment is best for you during your no obligation consultation. Call us today and see how you can treat a variety of skin conditions and fight the signs of aging with one of our exfoliation treatments.

Dr. Eric Seiger is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who has been offering innovative, expert medical solutions since graduating from New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986. Throughout his career as a leader in the field of cosmetic surgery and enhancements, Dr. Seiger has been frequently published in medical journals for his development of new techniques for the safe removal and treatment of veins.