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.

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