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Microdermabrasion Vs. Chemical Peels: What You Need to Know

Arguably two of the most popular med spa treatments are microdermabrasion and chemical peels. While both of these treatments boast rewarding results, there are some things to know concerning each treatment’s differences. To help you understand which treatment option is the right one for you, we’ll lay out how each of them works and what benefits and disadvantages you can expect.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Commonly referred to as “Microderm” for short, this is a painless, non-invasive method for boosting your body’s natural collagen production while vigorously yet gently polishing the top dermis on your face with crystals and simultaneous vacuum suction. It’s renowned for its ability to boost your skin’s tone and texture, and the treatment itself requires no downtime and can be performed in as little as thirty minutes.

The vacuum pressure and the microdermabrasion tool’s speed can be adjusted to adhere to a patient’s discomfort level, and there can be slight tightness and redness the day of post-treatment. Following treatment, you’re advised to keep your skin out of the sun, and your skin might feel a little bit tight. The purpose of microdermabrasion is to brighten the complexion while scrubbing away dirt, debris, and buildup that accumulates on the skin’s surface. It can be done monthly for best results, and you can see noticeable results in as little as one treatment session. Best of all, microdermabrasion is suitable for all skin types, and men and women of all ages.

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel can be done to achieve various factors, depending on the patient’s needs/skin type. For a chemical peel, there are three primary purposes: to exfoliate, stimulate collagen production, and retexturize. For this procedure, there is downtime required post-treatment. For 5-7 days post-treatment, a person will need to avoid sun exposure, makeup, and skin might “peel,” depending on the exact treatment administered. However, it is essential to note that your skin does not and will not always peel post-treatment. This depends on the specific type of treatment and how your skin naturally reacts to it. If your skin is overly sensitive, a chemical peel might not be an ideal option for you. 

With chemical peels, you can achieve dramatic results without having to turn to laser treatments. Peels can be an excellent option for people who want to diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles, or even acne scars. It’s also important to note that peels are most effective when done in a series spaced approximately one month apart, similar to the treatment model for microdermabrasion.

If you’ve reviewed this information and are still unsure if microdermabrasion is the right treatment option for you, that’s perfectly understandable and okay! Allow our licensed and experienced staff to guide you in the right direction by helping you achieve your skin goals with the perfect treatment option. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation so that we can give you more information on both of these rewarding treatment options.

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