Chemical Peels vs. Laser Facial Rejuvenation: Which Helps My Skin the Best?

Chemical Peels vs. Laser Facial Rejuvenation: Which Helps My Skin the Best?

Would you like to improve the texture of your skin and fix imperfections such as wrinkles, sunspots, and acne scars? Chemical peels and laser resurfacing are both excellent solutions for damaged skin. But how can you decide which will help your skin the best.

Chemical Peels vs. Laser Facial Rejuvenation

What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels are skin resurfacing treatments that use a chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layer of skin. Chemical peels vary in intensity and may be superficial, medium, or deep. The type of peel recommended will depend on the desired results. Stronger peels will strip away more layers of skin.

  • Superficial peels use alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid to lightly exfoliate the top layer of the skin.
  • Medium peels typically involve the use of glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to improve skin conditions such as sunspots, fine lines, wrinkles, and mild skin discoloration. These peels are more intense, and generally require more downtime than superficial peels.
  • Deep peels generally use TCA to get rid of damaged skin cells, but they are done to a deeper depth than medium or superficial peels.

There is generally some peeling and redness after a chemical peel, but the severity of the side-effects will vary based on the intensity of the peel.

Popular medical peels

SkinMedica peels are among the most popular chemical peels on the market, as they yield very good results. The Illuminize, Vitalize, and Rejuvenize peels help make the skin clearer, brighter, and more youthful. The Illuminize Peel is the mildest of the 3 peels, while Rejuvenize is the strongest.

The Vitalize peel is a medium peel and is the most sought-after of the 3 peels. It is suitable for mild skin imperfections, and can be used on all skin types. The Vitalize peel treats skin conditions such as fine lines, wrinkles, rough skin, and scars.

What is laser facial rejuvenation?

Laser facial rejuvenation uses ablative or non-ablative lasers to treat imperfections, and improve the appearance of the skin.

Ablative lasers such as the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser and the erbium laser, work by removing the outer layers of damaged skin.

Unlike ablative lasers, non-ablative lasers don’t remove the top layer of the skin. Instead, they work beneath the surface of the skin and this makes the treatment less invasive so it requires less downtime. Non-ablative lasers create microscopic wounds in the skin that trigger wound healing and stimulate collagen production.

It typically requires a series of 3-6 treatments to achieve the best results with laser facial rejuvenation.

Depending on the type of laser being used post-procedural side-effects may include swelling, bruising, and redness.

Popular laser facial rejuvenation laser treatments

The Laser Genesis by Cutera is a popular non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatment that uses an Nd: YAG laser to revitalize and resurface the skin. The Laser Genesis addresses a range of skin concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, irregular skin texture, large pores, scars and redness.

The Laser Genesis facial treatment takes about 15-20 minutes to perform. The laser emits short pulses of light that heats the upper dermis and stimulates collagen, which helps to improve the quality and appearance of the skin.

Which Helps My Skin the Best?

Chemical peels and laser facial rejuvenation both promote the growth of fresh, new skin cells by removing the old, outer layer of skin. They are also effective treatments for skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and more. However, they are very different procedures and when considering the one that will help your skin the best, it’s important to consider the specific skin concerns you need treated, as well as your skin tone and skin type.

In addition, people with darker skin tones have to be more cautious, as some types of chemical peels and laser systems are not appropriate for darker skin.

Depending on your skin type, your physician may recommend a combination chemical peel or laser resurfacing treatment for optimal facial rejuvenation.

Would you like more information on chemical peel and laser facial rejuvenation?

Contact Precision Aesthetics in Santa Ana / Irvine California for more information.

Call (949) 528-8073 today to set up a consultation.

How can I reduce fine lines and wrinkles?

How can I reduce fine lines and wrinkles?

If you have fine lines and wrinkles on your face, they can be a constant reminder of just how old you are. But you don’t have to live with these visible reminders, because there are treatments available that can minimize their appearance. But just how can you reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

How can I reduce fine lines and wrinkles?
It’s possible to reduce fine lines and wrinkles with laser skin resurfacing. Laser skin resurfacing uses laser energy to firm the skin and decrease the appearance of wrinkles.

The Halo laser by Sciton is one of the most efficient and advanced laser systems available. The Halo laser is a hybrid fractional laser that combines two types of laser energy, ablative and non-ablative, to create a powerful wrinkle-reducing solution.

How Halo treats fine lines and wrinkles
The ablative wavelength targets the skin’s upper layers and gently removes the damaged layers. At the same time, the non-ablative wavelength works below the surface in the deeper layers, creating microscopic zones of injury that stimulate the body’s healing process. The thermal injury remodels the treated skin and activates the production of new collagen, which makes the skin plumper and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What to expect with Halo laser treatment
The Halo laser treatment is virtually painless, and takes about 20-30 minutes to perform. There may be some mild redness and swelling after treatment but this usually resolves after about 48 hours. Peeling may also occur, and typically lasts 5-7 days.

Are you interested in the Halo laser treatment? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Okemos & East Lansing, MI areas, Ageless Beauty Center is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (517) 245-0798.

Am I a Candidate for FaceTite?

Am I a Candidate for FaceTite

Would you like to have fewer wrinkles on your face, and regain firmer, more youthful skin? It’s possible with the state-of-the-art FaceTite treatment. FaceTite is a gentle skin rejuvenation procedure that can reduce signs of aging, and give you the youthful facial profile you desire. If you’re wondering – Am I a candidate for FaceTite, we offer some guidelines below.

FaceTite is a minimally invasive treatment that uses bi-polar radiofrequency (RF) energy to tighten loose skin, lift facial contours, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It also encourages the production of collagen, which boosts the strength and elasticity of the skin. FaceTite utilizes a temperature sensitive technique that also melts away small areas of unwanted fat, to enhance facial contours.

Am I a candidate for FaceTite?
If you would like to lift sagging skin around the eyes, brows, chin, and neck, FaceTite may be the right solution for you. It is ideal for men and women wanting to improve loose facial skin and restore youthful contours. FaceTite is also beneficial for patients desiring a less invasive skin rejuvenation procedure to the traditional facelift. It is suitable for all skin types and skin textures.

What to expect
After the FaceTite treatment patients will experience some slight swelling or bruising of the skin, but this usually lasts only for a few days. Final results can be seen within 6-12 weeks, and the skin will be remarkably tighter and appear younger than before.

Are you interested in FaceTite skin rejuvenation? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Beverly Hills or Pasadena, CA areas, PrivetMD is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling 310-860-8915 for the Beverly Hills location or 626-537-3737 for Pasadena.

How does the Profound procedure work to rejuvenate jowls & sagging skin?

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When it comes to aging, skin laxity is one of the biggest issues many people have to deal with, but there’s help available. Syneron-Candela, a leading manufacturer of aesthetic devices, markets the cutting-edge skin tightening treatment called Profound, which rejuvenates the face in a single 45 minute session. But how does the Profound procedure work to rejuvenate jowls and sagging skin.

What is Profound?
Profound is a minimally invasive radiofrequency (RF) microneedling system that tightens sagging skin especially around the cheeks, jawline, and neck. It is a unique tool that combines RF energy with microneedling technology to contour, smooth, and lift the skin. Profound can be used to treat jowls, the jawline, and wrinkles.

How Profound rejuvenates jowls and sagging skin
Profound rejuvenates the skin using a combination of RF energy delivered at regulated temperatures, and microneedling technology.

The handheld device is fitted with tiny needles that puncture the skin penetrating to the deep dermis, creating controlled micro-injury points. This action triggers the body’s natural healing mechanism, and so it produces new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid to fill in these tiny wounds.

When Profound recreates the vital building blocks in the skin, the skin becomes more elastic, so there is less sagging. Profound also makes the skin smooth and taut, so there are fewer lines and wrinkles.

Some results will be noticeable within 4-10 weeks, but final results can take up to 6 months (learn more).

Would you like your skin to be smoother, radiant, and more youthful? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in Beverly Hills or Pasadena, CA, Privet Aesthetics is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (310) 860-8915 for the Beverly Hills location, and (626) 537-3737 for Pasadena.

What is the recovery time for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Do you want to overhaul the tone and texture of your skin without going under the knife? There are new, minimally invasive procedures that can revitalize your skin, and give you natural-looking results. Laser skin rejuvenation treatments make your skin look better, faster, but what is the recovery time for laser skin resurfacing?

Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that uses laser energy to improve the tone and texture of the skin. It is an effective anti-aging treatment that tightens the skin, and reverses sun damage. Laser skin resurfacing improves skin concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, scars, brown spots, and age spots.

But how does it work? Depending on the technology used laser resurfacing either removes the outer surface of the skin, or penetrates to the deeper levels to stimulate collagen production.

What is the recovery time for laser skin resurfacing?
There are lots of options available for laser skin resurfacing, so the recovery time varies depending on the specific treatment. Fractional laser resurfacing is less aggressive, because only micro zones of the skin are treated, resulting in faster healing. Recovery time ranges from 2-3 days with fractional laser treatment.

Ablative skin resurfacing treats the entire upper surface of the skin, and is therefore more invasive.  You’ll need about 7 days of recovery time with this type of treatment.

If you would like to improve the look of your complexion, and the feel of your skin, laser skin resurfacing can give you incredible results.

Contact Levy Dermatology, located in Memphis, TN for more information. We offer both fractional and ablative skin resurfacing treatments.

Call us today at 901-624-3333 to schedule a consultation with board certified dermatologist Dr. Alan Levy.

What is the Best Dermal Filler for Anti-aging?

Dermal fillers have become an essential part of anti-aging treatment. There are various soft tissue fillers that can temporarily soften facial lines and wrinkles, restore lost volume, and reduce the signs of age. But what is the best dermal filler for anti-aging?

Best dermal filler for anti-aging
Dermal fillers derived from hyaluronic acid (HA) are considered among the best anti-aging options. These soft tissue fillers are hugely popular, because of the properties in HA that allow it to attract and hold water. When injected, HA fillers draw water from nearby areas, and this is what creates the plumping effect on the skin.

Facial aging is typically characterized by loss of fat and elasticity, and HA fillers can reverse these changes.  They are particularly effective in replenishing volume to the cheeks, filling in nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the mouth, and plumping vertical lip lines. Some fillers can also be used for lip augmentation.

HA fillers hydrate the skin, and give it a more refreshed appearance. The improvement achieved with HA fillers typically lasts 4 to 6 months. However, there are times when results can last up to 1 year.

Some of the more popular HA fillers include Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane. These fillers work on different parts of the face, therefore the fillers chosen will depend on your aesthetic goals and skin concerns.

HA is a substance that occurs naturally in the body, and this compatibility is another reason why fillers derived from this compound are considered the best choice for facial rejuvenation.

Would you like more information on the best dermal fillers for anti-aging? Contact Wisconsin Vein Center & MediSpa, Pewaukee, Wisconsin for help. Call (262) 746-9088 today, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deborah Manjoney.

Is there a difference in recovery process for laser vs surgical blepharoplasty?

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If you are looking for a way to counteract the tired appearance of your eyes, you may want to consider blepharoplasty to rejuvenate and refresh them. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery),has traditionally been performed using a scalpel, but cutting edge lasers, such as the CO2 laser are now being used to make the incisions. But is there a difference in the recovery process for laser vs blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is very beneficial for individuals with heavy upper eyelids, or lower eyelid ‘bags.’ The procedure involves the removal of excess skin on the upper eyelids, as well as fat from the lower eyelids. Surgery can be done on either the upper or lower eyelids, or on both.

Recovery after laser vs surgical blepharoplasty
Recovery time varies among patients, some people are back to normal in 3-4 days, while it can take up to 3 weeks for others.

With laser blepharoplasty, most patients typically have some swelling for the first 7 days. There may also be some bruising and redness that may take longer to clear, but this should settle within 2 weeks. During this time you can look very normal with a little bit of makeup.

The recovery time for surgical blepharoplasty is about the same, although there is usually more swelling with this operation.

Recovery after eyelid surgerydepends not so much on the  method used, as it does on the skill of the surgeon. In the proper hands, tools like the CO2 laser can be used effectively and safelyto produce excellent results.

If you live in the greater Guilford, Connecticut area, contact Langdon Plastic Surgery, for more information about laser vs surgical blepharoplasty. Call 844-551-9880 today, and book an appointment with board certified cosmetic surgeon Robert Langdon, MD.

What is the best way to get rid of crow’s feet?

How many Kybella treatments do I need to see results?

Crow’s feet are those small wrinkles at the corner of the eyes that become more pronounced as we age. Just about everyone gets them at some time, due to the depletion of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin. Injectables, laser treatment, and chemical peels, are a few of the treatment options that promise to banish these wrinkles, but what is really the best way to get rid of crow’s feet.

Why we get crow’s feet
Crow’s feet are dynamic wrinkles created by the repetitive action of the muscles,when smiling or squinting.The skin around the eyes tends to be very thin, and as time passes the loss of hydrating components such as hyaluronic acid,causes it to become dry and scaly. As a result, the skin cannot bounce back into position when you smile or squint, resulting in the deepening of the wrinkles around the eyes.

Botox for crow’s feet
Botox cosmetic is considered one of the best options for crow’s feet. It is a neuromodulator that works by preventing the contraction of the muscles beneath the skin. The temporary weakening of the muscles prevents movement, giving the skin a chance to relax, and causing wrinkles to soften.

Botox is a 15 minute treatment that can easily be done in the lunch hour, and has no downtime.  Botox typically lasts 3-4 months in the first instance, but doctors have found that with regular use it can last up to 6 months.

Botox cosmetic treatment for crow’s feet is available at The Langdon Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Guilford, CT. Call us today at 844-551-9880 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Langdon, and find out why botox is the best way to get rid of your crow’s feet.

What are some of the best skin tightening procedures?

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Do you have loose skin on your face and body that you’d like to tighten without surgery? You can resolve that concern by asking your doctor about the various skin tightening machines available that can tighten your skin quickly and comfortably. So what are the best skin tightening procedures?

The best skin tightening methods generally use laser and radiofrequency technology to firm and tone the skin. Accent XL is one of the most effective.

Accent XL for skin tightening

The Accent XL can be used to firm skin on the face, (especially the neck and jowls), and the body. It also reduces the appearance of cellulite. Accent XL uses radiofrequency (RF) technology.

The heat energy from the Accent XL targets the dermal or inner layer of the skin, where it remodels collagen. This new collagen gives the skin a smoother texture, and also improves skin elasticity.

It generally takes 3-5 treatments with the Accent XL to achieve tighter skin. The duration of the session varies depending on size of the treatment area, but ranges from 45 minutes to an hour. Treatments are generally recommended over 4-6 weeks.

Accent XL is a safe treatment that both tones and tightens the skin. Its dual-layer RF thermotherapy utilizes both bipolar and unipolar to treat 2 depths of tissue. It is the unipolar RF energy that penetrates the deep structures of the skin to improve firmness.

Most people experience little or no discomfort during Accent XL treatments, and downtime is negligible. The results are usually apparent after the first session.

Accent XL skin tightening treatment is available in Memphis TN, at Sona Med Spa. Why not give them a call today at 901-683-8220 for a consultation. You can also contact them in Little Rock, AR at 501-228-7662, or via the web at

What are the Benefits of Facial Fat Grafting

What are the Benefits of Facial Fat Grafting

Nowadays, there are a number of cosmetic techniques being used to counteract signs of age such as wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging jowls.  Facial implants, soft tissue fillers, and fat grafting, are some of the more popular techniques. However, better results are being produced by facial fat grating, due to new technologies that are now available (click here).

What is facial fat grafting?

Facial fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure in which surplus fat  is removed from one part of the body, and then grafted into the specific parts of the face that need volume.  When the procedure is successful, the transplanted fat forms new blood supply, which it needs in order to survive. Facial fat grafting is considered an excellent facial rejuvenation technique to give you the fuller face you desire.

Benefits of Facial Fat Grafting

  • The results are long term. When compared to other options such as tissue fillers, the volumizing effects of fat grafts last for a long time. Soft tissue fillers typically last 6-12 months. The longevity of fat grafting therefore makes it an attractive alternative.
  • The results look natural. When it comes to soft tissue augmentation fat is the ideal material for this purpose, because it creates a natural-looking appearance.
  • Requires only one session. Most patients achieve their cosmetic goals with just one session of fat grafting.If you are contemplating having fat grafting done, be sure to consult with an experienced surgeon who has first-hand knowledge of this highly skilled procedure. In order to get optimal results, the fat must be injected at the correct depth and location.Dr. Kyle Song is a board certified plastic surgeon with a lot of experience carrying out facial fat grafting. You can contact him at Song Plastic Surgery, in Irvine, CA, by calling 949-701-4454, or go to