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Chemical Peels vs Microdermabrasion: Do YOU Know the Diff?

by | Jun 21, 2019 | Blog

If a glowing complexion is your goal, you may have been weighing the pros and cons of chemical peels vs. microdermabrasion. Perhaps you’ve been wondering, “Which skin rejuvenation treatment is best?” A better question to ask is “What skin rejuvenation treatment is best for me?”

Both treatments exfoliate the skin and improve visible imperfections, but they work in different ways. One is more effective on serious skin problems including deep wrinkles and scars, while the other can correct superficial skin imperfections such as fine lines. “At our practice, our trained team of skin experts evaluates each patient to determine which of our many facial rejuvenation options will help to create the best results,” says Dr Marcells.

Why are Chemical Peels so Popular?

A chemical peel is an in-office skin rejuvenation treatment. It uses a chemical solution to destroy dead skin cells in a controlled fashion. When the dead skin falls away, new glowing skin is underneath. Solutions include:

  • Glycolic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • AHA

The solutions also come in a range of strengths from mild to strong, making it possible to truly customise each patient’s experience with a just-for-you special formula. When administered by an expert, chemical peels can

  • Improve skin texture
  • Correct sun damage
  • Decrease pore size
  • Treat “crepe paper” wrinkles and fine lines

“An important benefit of a chemical peel is to clear off the thick layer of our dead skin cells,” notes Dr Marcells. “This helps to improve your skin’s ability to absorb moisturisers, serums, and antioxidants, which we prescribe as part of our treatment regime and protocol.”

What Can Microdermabrasion Do for My Skin?

Microdermabrasion is a quick, simple, and pain-free approach to skin rejuvenation. It is a great alternative to invasive surgical treatments and very affordable. “Skin looks and feels softer after a single treatment,” reports Dr Marcells, “though many of our patients come in regularly as part of their skin maintenance program.”

“Microdermabrasion works on both dermis and the epidermis,” explains Dr Marcells, referring to the outer and inner layers of the skin. No chemicals are involved. It is an ideal treatment for people who prefer a more natural approach to

  • Refining pores
  • Reducing puffiness
  • Minimising lines
  • Smoothing skin surface
  • Promote youthful, glowing skin

There are two types of microdermabrasion:

  • Crystal Microdermabrasion – In this tradition approach to skin rejuvenation, super-find crystals are sprayed over the skin to exfoliate it and the dead cells are gently vacuumed away.
  • Diamond-Tip Microdermabrasion – Instead of using crystals to remove dead skin, this method employs a wand with a diamond tip. The tip abrades the skin to exfoliate it.

Both techniques aid in exfoliating the skin to help create smoother and more glowing skin.

Where Does Skin Go after Microdermabrasion vs. Chemical Peel?

After the skin is exfoliated, it is suctioned away. “This aspect of the treatment is just as important as the exfoliation,” explains Dr Marcells. In a process doctors call negative pressure, the suction action stimulates the deep layers of the skin, triggering a process known as remodelling.

If comparing microdermabrasion vs. a chemical peel for skin rejuvenation still has you confused, we invite you to contact our friendly staff to get the answers you need and to schedule your beautifying appointment. See you soon!

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Meet Dr Marcells

MBBS (Syd), FRACS (ORL-HNS)
Past President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons

Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.

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