How Laser Skin Resurfacing and Chemical Peels Compare

I read a lot of beauty related articles and it would seem that there are now more techniques than ever which you can use to revitalize your skin. The beauty and skincare industry is full of everything from creams and lotions to surgical procedures which can help you reclaim your youthful glow. If you are looking for a mild to moderate revitalization solution, check out your local skincare clinic who may be able to help. Two of the top procedures offered are laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels which you may have heard of. However, to choose between them, you need to understand their differences, as well as some of their similarities.

Chemical Peels and Laser Skin Procedures  - How Do They Work?

Both chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing procedures are designed to impact the outer layer of your skin directly. Although, depending on the intensity of the procedures, they can also affect deeper skin layers. Both procedures are meant to remove materials from the surface of your skin that should not be there. For example, they can get rid of dirt clogging your pores.

Such procedures can also remove dead skin cells. Your skin cells die and flake off naturally over time. However, if they take too long, they can cause disruptions and visible imperfections on the surface of your skin. By removing them with special medical-laser machines or chemical peels, you can allow healthy, live cells to take over, instead.

How Do Laser Procedures and Chemical Peel Techniques Differ?

Although the goals of laser procedures and chemical peel techniques may be similar, the procedures do vary. A chemical peel uses medical-grade chemicals approved for use on the skin to exfoliate its surface, and in some cases - deeper layers. The chemical solution is rinsed off after application. This type of treatment is useful for reducing acne and skin blemishes. It can also lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Several different chemical solutions of varying intensities are available in skincare clinics.

Lasers are different from chemical peels because they do not use chemicals to treat your skin. Instead, laser devices use specific types of concentrated light. This light also produces heat. In combination, the light and heat is able to make subtle changes to your skin at the cellular level. For example, laser skin resurfacing can remove waste materials while encouraging skin cells to tighten by influencing the collagen molecules that help hold the cells together.

The Effectiveness Of Laser Skin Resurfacing And Chemical Peels

If you want to give your skin a healthy boost then both laser skin resurfacing and chemical peel procedures are effective ways of doing so. Whether one is more effective than the other depends on the exact type of treatment you choose. However, in general, the results you will see after laser skin resurfacing will be more immediately noticeable than those seen after a chemical peel procedure. Blemishes, wrinkles and scars can all be lessened using lasers.

Laser Skin Resurfacing and Chemical Peel Cost Comparisons

Clinics vary in the amount they charge so the only definite way to know how much a chemical peel or laser procedure will cost is to get an estimate directly from the skincare clinic you plan to attend. Also, the exact products used will influence the price. For example, a more intensive chemical peel typically costs more than a mild peel procedure. Similarly, a laser procedure done with the most modern equipment often costs more than one performed with a device that is a couple years old.

In general, a chemical peel can cost $750 to $850 in most clinics. The price of a laser skin resurfacing procedure has a much wider range of $500 to $3,900 in most clinics. Therefore, you must do some research and compare costs between clinics before booking a laser skin resurfacing appointment. 

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*Post written with the help and research of a third party. Please note I am not an expert in this field and as such I advise seeking professional advice before undertaking any kind of treatment.

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