Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peel

How does Microdermabrasion Compare to Chemical Peel for Skin Repair?

Should I choose microdermabrasion or a chemical peel for skin repair? The answer depends on the type of skin damage and the desired result.


Chemical Peel

A so-called “chemical peel” refers to a process which involves applying a solution to the treatment areas, such as the face, neck, chest, and back. The solution helps speed the natural process of shedding the uppermost layer of the epidermis, revealing the fresh glow of new skin. The treatment ranges from quite mild to aggressive, depending upon your skin type and your goals. The downtime varies depending upon the treatment options you choose. Following a chemical peel, you will need to protect your skin from direct sunlight and allow for time for the skin to rejuvenate itself. The healing process may take up to seven days with an aggressive treatment, so consider downtime when choosing a chemical peel.



Getting Microdermabrasion Treatment

Unlike a chemical peel, microdermabrasion does not require downtime for healing. The treatment stimulates the production of collagen, which is a vital protein for keeping skin looking smooth and clear. Microdermabrasion may be applied to any area of skin, not just the face, neck, back and chest. It is most commonly applied to the facial area. Most patients opt for two treatments in the first month, then monthly appointments to follow up and keep their skin looking its best.


Skin Repair

The skin’s natural healing and repair processes are the best tools we have for skin repair. Both chemical peels and microdermabrasion work by using the skin’s natural abilities to rejuvenate and bring back a youthful, healthy glow. When you contact us at our Charleston plastic surgery center, we’ll assess your skin’s condition and type, and your goals for treatment, and recommend the right treatments for you. Contact us for your consultation today.


A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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