Chemical Peels & Microdermabrasion

There are many different agents available to accomplish the goal of skin regeneration through a chemical peel. They all rely on penetration of an irritating exfoliant into the skin to the dermal level causing a separation of superficial skin and a nonspecific regeneration. This results in a smooth, more youthful appearing skin. Choosing a more aggressive peeling agent will result in a deeper peel with better results but a longer healing time, a gentler agent (sometimes called “a lunch hour peel”) will have far less penetration and little if any true healing time but a more subtle result. A series of superficial or non-aggressive peels can lead to an additive effect with improved results but never equal to the results of a single deep or aggressive peel.

Microdermabrasion can accomplish the same end result as a mild peel but achieves this result mechanically with no true healing period only a little post-treatment redness. The skin can feel immediately silky smooth and if a series of 6-10 micro-dermabrasions are performed about two weeks apart can add up to some notable improvement of fine lines and light areas of pigmentation.