Both laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are designed to treat a wide range of skin issues. Dermatologists and salon professionals often recommend these treatments for wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scars, and even clogged pores. While some people do well with chemical peels, many find that laser skin resurfacing is preferable. Here are a few of the key advantages of laser skin resurfacing over chemical peels.
Chemical peels typically only affect the outermost layers of the skin. Laser resurfacing focuses on these outer layers too, but the lasers do reach a little deeper. They won't cause these deeper layers of skin to peel the way they cause the outer layers to peel, but they still affect them. By reaching the deeper layers of the skin, the laser treatment helps improve collagen production, which makes it even more effective against deeper wrinkles and fine lines. This deeper reach also makes laser skin resurfacing better at addressing loose skin and age-related sagging.
More Precise Application
Some people have laser skin resurfacing performed all over their face, but this is not always necessary. You may, for example, only want to treat some scarring on your chin or a few fine lines between your eyebrows. The laser can be used very precisely in these areas. Applying chemical peel compounds to these precise, little areas is much harder overall. Usually, the entire face is treated in a chemical peel, which not everyone needs.
After a chemical peel, your skin is typically red, flaky, and peeling for a few days. Once you heal, you finally get to see the results. Laser skin resurfacing causes some post-treatment irritation too, but it tends to be less pronounced, and it won't last as long. You won't have to deal with as much peeling and redness, and you'll see your results within a couple of days.
Getting a laser skin resurfacing treatment only takes a few minutes. Your practitioner applies the laser to your face, and it does its job. Chemical peels take longer since the skin needs to be prepared and then cleansed and moisturized afterward. If you're in a hurry or trying to get treatment on a lunch break, then laser skin resurfacing treatment may be a better choice.
Chemical peels do have their place. They work well for people who need their whole face treated and for those dealing with more superficial concerns. However, the benefits of laser skin resurfacing, for most patients, cannot be ignored.
Contact a provider to learn more about laser skin resurfacing.