What’s the Difference Between a Micro Laser Peel and a Chemical Peel?

We all have cosmetic issues that bother us, whether it’s wrinkles, an uneven complexion, acne, or something altogether different. The good news is that we live in an age when the vast majority of these concerns can be treated effectively. In fact, many of them can be improved with brief procedures and little or no downtime. To help you have a better understanding of your options, we’re taking a closer look at the differences between two similar but unique facial rejuvenation treatments: micro fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing (A.K.A. micro laser peels) and chemical peels.

What’s the Difference Between a Micro Laser Peel and a Chemical PeelHow does each treatment work?

During a micro laser peel, a specific type of laser is used to carefully eliminate the damaged outer layers of skin. This reduces surface imperfections to reveal fresh, younger skin beneath while also helping your body produce more collagen (the protein that gives skin a youthful elasticity) to restore firmness.

A chemical peel uses a similar approach by removing the surface skin to allow the less damaged, brighter skin beneath to shine through. But instead of using a laser, a chemical peel uses (you guessed it!) chemicals. A topical solution (based on your needs and aesthetic goals) is applied to your skin for a specified amount of time, allowing it to reach a precise depth, before it’s neutralized and rinsed away.

What does each treatment address?

A micro laser peel and a chemical peel both treat a wide variety of cosmetic concerns, like fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and an overall uneven or dull skin tone. Because chemical peels are so customizable, some can also tackle additional issues, like acne and rosacea management. But, contrary to popular belief, neither micro laser peels nor chemical peels are only for your face. A micro laser peel can also work its magic on your neck, chest, and hands, and certain chemical peels are formulated to enhance the skin on your arms, legs, back, chest, hands, and feet.

How much downtime does each peel require?

These treatments are popular for more than just their versatility – they’re also pretty easy to fit into your busy schedule. Our laser treatment has earned the nickname of the “weekend peel” because, if your procedure is on a Thursday or a Friday, you’ll probably be ready to return to work on Monday with no visible peeling or redness. With a chemical peel, the downtime varies a bit more. For a gentler, more superficial peel, you may not need any downtime or see any visible peeling, while a deeper peel may cause your skin to peel for a week or more. However, with all of these options, it’s important to follow your aesthetician’s instructions about how to care for your skin after your treatment and to protect your newly exfoliated skin from the sun.

Micro laser peels and chemical peels are just two of the many treatments we offer to help you reach for the radiant, youthful skin you dream of. While gathering information about your options can be a great help while you’re deciding on a procedure, it’s also important to schedule a consultation and skin analysis with a member of our skilled medical staff so they can recommend the best treatments for your specific skin type, medical needs, and cosmetic goals. Or, to hear about our latest special offers, blogs, and other news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.