What’s The Big Difference? Microdermabrasion vs Chemical Peels

With all of the options available to us today in the world of beauty and skin, understanding the procedures and the differences between them can become extremely overwhelming.  Seeking advice or knowledge from a seasoned professional is one of the best ways to determine which procedure is right for you!

Dr. Ali and team want to help you take that first step and have done a comparison of microdermabrasion and chemical peels to help you better understand your options. Please note that no amount of online research should substitute for a professional consultation!

The primary difference between the two procedures is the way they are completed.  Microdermabrasion is performed by an aesthetician under the supervision of a plastic surgeon.  In Dr. Ali’s office, we use a diamond tome device that is attached to suction tubing which removes dead skin cells and makeup, leaving the skin refreshed.

Chemical Peels are performed by the plastic surgeon, all of which are completed using a chemical solution that is applied to the face after cleansing and then removed, taking a layer or multiple layers of the skin off, depending on the deepness of the peel.

With microdermabrasion there is little to no “downtime” after the procedure.  You can generally resume normal activity immediately.  Chemical peels require a bit more after-care as you need to be conscious of the new layer of skin that has just been revealed.  A light peel requires less, but one of the deeper peels may require up to a few weeks of recovery time where strenuous activity, outdoor exposure and product usage are kept to a minimum.

One commonality between the two is that the best results are seen with multiple procedures. It may be difficult to reverse years of damage in a single treatment, so we may recommend a series of treatments. When combined, the two procedures yield excellent results!  By combining microdermabrasion with a light peel and a hydration treatment you can truly hit the reset button on your skin!

Contact us today to schedule a consultation – every patient and their needs are different!

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