When it comes to exfoliating and revitalizing the skin, your average spa will have several treatments from which to choose. Perhaps the most popular options are the chemical peel and microdermabrasion technique, both of which can offer big benefits to a patient’s skin health and appearance. While they are similar in many ways, understanding what makes them different can help you choose the right one for you.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
During a chemical peel, your skin will be treated with a specially formulated chemical solution that works to break apart dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. Chemical peels can treat the face, neck, and even the hands in a safe, effective, and noninvasive way. Patients may seek a chemical peel to clear away dead skin cells, lighten up their tone, minimize discoloration, and smooth away unevenness. Chemical peels can also be used as a way to actively treat acne breakouts, acne scars, liver spots, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, rough skin or scaly patches, sun damage to the skin, and other irregularities.
A chemical peel begins with a thorough cleansing of the skin before the solution is applied. The chemical peel formula may include several chemical solutions, including lactic acid, salicylic acid, and others. At first, most patients feel a slight burning or tingling sensation. If you do, cold compresses can be applied to your treatment areas once the chemical peel has been removed.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
The concept behind microdermabrasion is similar but the methods are very different. Your skin will benefit from the deep exfoliation and pore-cleansing of a microdermabrasion treatment. For this exfoliating method, SilkPeel’s Dermalinfusion is used to create better looking and fresher feeling skin. Unlike other methods, which may use crystals or other abrasive particles, Renu Aesthetics by Dr. Schoenfeld uses topical treatments that are gentle, painless, and effective. Microdermabrasion treatments, especially SilkPeel’s Dermalinfusion, can improve issues like hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines, acne scars, uneven skin tones, sun damage, enlarged pores, age spots, and more.
Which Treatment Is Right for Me?
Many patients are eligible for both a chemical peel and a microdermabrasion treatment, choosing the right one for you might be a challenge. You can start with your complexion when making your decision. Chemical peels provide optimum results for those with fair skin and light hair, since uneven skin tone can sometimes result for those with darker skin. The treatment is great for surface issues and less intensive skin concerns. Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, can be most effective treating deeper problems like clogged pores and uneven skin tone. Every patient is different, though, so you should always consult with an expert before having any spa and skin treatments performed.
Bear in mind that these treatments are designed for the skin and related concerns, but they cannot help with the excision of sagging skin or fat cells. Loose muscles and other advanced signs of aging are best addressed by facial surgeries like a facelift, brow lift, or neck lift. Consult with a facial plastic surgeon to plan the right procedure for you.
Get Advice From an Expert
To plan your best surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic treatment, meet with an experienced board certified facial plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns. Visit Renu Aesthetics by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld to speak with founder and Medical Director Dr. Philip Schoenfeld, a board certified facial plastic surgeon with experience in anti-aging treatments and other surgical procedures. He takes a keen interest in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, having practiced in Washington, D.C. since 1994. A proven track record for excellence and a personal dedication to excellence and aesthetics have earned him a significant reputation among his peers. He was voted one of America’s Top Doctors in 2013 by Castle Connolly. Contact Renu Aesthetics by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld, located at 5454 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1625 in Chevy Chase, Maryland, by calling (301) 652-RENU (7368). Book your appointment with Dr. Schoenfeld today to discuss your personal options for surgery and treatment.