There’s more than one way to achieve a radiant complexion. When it comes to improving skin tone, minimizing wrinkles, and smoothing out rough patches, two of the most effective treatments are microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
While both treatments instantly refresh and revitalize your appearance, they work in two very different ways. Before you make your next spa appointment, read on to find out more about how each treatment works – and which one is right for you.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion exfoliates the surface of your skin using ultra-fine crystals to remove the thick, uneven outer layer of dead skin cells and reveal the fresh, new skin beneath. Essentially a high-powered scrub, your treatment provider uses a thin tube to blast the crystals against your skin, followed immediately by another tube to vacuum up the remnants.
While it may sound like a harsh procedure, microdermabrasion is not painful. Most patients report no discomfort, aside from a gentle sucking sensation and some mild friction against their skin. Once the dead skin cells are suctioned away, and the skin is cleansed and moisturized. With microdermabrasion, you’ll enjoy a softer, more vibrant complexion with little to no downtime.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel also exfoliates the outermost surface of the skin, but instead of manual removal, it uses a chemical solution to eliminate the dead skin cells, causing them to “peel” off and reveal the healthy, youthful-looking skin beneath. There are many different types of chemical peels, from gentle to strong, and they can address everything from superficial imperfections to deeper wrinkles and scars.
During a chemical peel treatment, your service provider will apply the chemical solution to the surface of your skin, and then monitor the exfoliation process as your body begins to respond. You’ll notice tighter, smoother skin immediately after the procedure. Over the next few days, your old skin will peel off, and your new, improved complexion will begin to shine through.
Should you get microdermabrasion or a chemical peel?
Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels are effective methods of exfoliation designed to help you look younger, fresher, and healthier – but there are a few differences between them. If you’re trying to decide which treatment to choose, consider the following factors:
- Level of customization
Microdermabrasion treatment is generally one-size-fits-all. Only one type of treatment is available for everyone. Chemical peels, on the other hand, come in a variety of formulations and strengths to address specific skin concerns.
- Desired results
While both are effective treatments to even out your skin tone, eliminate age spots, and brighten your complexion, microdermabrasion works best on superficial skin imperfections, such as fine lines and enlarged pores. For more serious concerns, such as moderate wrinkles and scarring, you’ll likely see better results from a deep chemical peel.
- Side effects
Each treatment takes only about 30 minutes to complete, but the recovery time for a chemical peel can be significantly longer than it is for microdermabrasion. Immediately following a microdermabrasion treatment, your skin will be pink, but will recover within 24 hours. After a chemical peel, you may have sensitive skin for up to 10 days. During your recovery period, you’ll also need to stay out of the sun.
Chemical peels can vary in price, usually anywhere from $45 for a salicylic acid treatment to $249 for a 3-step peel. Microdermabrasion costs around $109 per treatment, with most patients needing between six and ten treatments, scheduled around one or two weeks apart.
Microdermabrasion VS chemical peel: Viva Wellness can help you decide
The best way to decide between microdermabrasion and a chemical peel is to consult with an expert. At Viva Wellness in San Diego, we’ll listen to your concerns, evaluate your skin, and help you select the very best treatment to rejuvenate your complexion. We’re committed to helping each of our patients achieve their aesthetic goals – and look and feel their very best.
Call us today at (619) 222-5433 to schedule a consultation with a member of our experienced, dedicated team.