Many people use the terms chemical peels and microdermabrasion almost interchangeably; however, they are actually two distinct procedures that treat different skin conditions. It’s important to understand the purpose of each treatment and what underlying problems they target before deciding which skin care treatment is right for you.

Chemical Peel vs Microdermabrasion: Which one should you choose?

When to Choose Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion involves exfoliation via a sanding procedure that occurs to the face or other areas. This may sound a little rough, but it’s a non-invasive treatment with no real downtime after each stress-free session. Your skin may become smoother and softer after just the first visit, but you’ll probably need a series of treatments to achieve your optimal results.

If you’re struggling with a dull complexion, dark spots, or uneven skin tone or texture, then microdermabrasion is likely best for you. While this treatment can work wonders on the aforementioned conditions, it cannot remove the damage caused by more severe conditions like acne scars, lines or wrinkles. You may see some improvement in this kind of damage, but microdermabrasion cannot heal these significant issues on its own.

For deeper damage, you’ll want a chemical peel.

When to Have a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels provide deep exfoliation through the use of chemical agents that are applied to the face, neck, chest or hands. This treatment gets into the lower layers of your skin to rebuild its deep tissues.

This is the kind of procedure you want to tackle wrinkles, lines or deep scarring. Chemical peels can also treat some forms of existing acne, discoloration and scaly skin. There are a wide variety of peels your plastic surgeon, dermatologist or aesthetician can recommend depending on your skin condition.

Chemical peels can range from light treatments to strong ones, depending on what issues you’re addressing and the severity of those issues. Some of the stronger, deep-action peels can cause a little skin sensitivity and may require a bit of downtime after the procedure. However, if you’re serious about improving your complexion and you have deep or prolonged damage, a chemical peel is well worth it.

Choosing between microdermabrasion and a chemical peel comes down to your skin type, your skin concerns and the advice of a skincare expert. Some may even suggest you use a combination of both treatments to create a glowing face that showcases smooth, flawless skin.

Stop worrying about your skin and its damage every time you look in the mirror.

Schedule an appointment today with the board-certified specialists of Plastic Surgery Associates in Las Vegas, and we’ll help you find the treatment that’s right for you!