Microdermabrasion Vs. Chemical Peels

Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels are popular anti-aging skin care services we perform routinely in our Charleston plastic surgery center, but there are some key differences between the two skin treatments. Some of our patients aren’t sure which kind of treatment would be better for them and their personal aesthetic goals. Learn more about each procedure and which one might be better for you. Make your appointment with our on-staff esthetician in Charleston!



Microdermabrasion is a minimally abrasive exfoliating technique. Specialty instruments are used to gently remove the uneven outer layer of your skin and promote collagen production in your skin. Collagen is a vital protein for keeping your skin youthful, smooth, and clear.

After microdermabrasion, patients have no downtime and you’ll leave our Charleston office with a youthful, long-lasting glow. We recommend one treatment a month for the best results.

Microdermabrasion is more successful targeting minor skin imperfections, including:

  • Skin Texture
  • Skin Tone
  • Clogged Pores
  • Acne/Black Heads
  • Softening of Acne Scars

Chemical Peels

Like microdermabrasion, chemical peels are used to improve skin irregularities, but the procedures are different. A chemical peel is a minimally abrasive technique that uses a chemical solution that is carefully applied to your skin. The chemicals remove the damaged outer layers to unveil a smooth, youthful skin surface. There are three types of chemical peels, light, moderate, and deep. Peel strength is selected according to our patients’ concerns and lifestyle.

Recovery is minimal, but patients can expect redness, flaking, and general skin irritation after the treatment. Recovery after a deep peel will cause the most symptoms.

Chemical peels are suited to treat multiple light to moderate skin imperfections, including

  • Skin Texture
  • Acne & Acne Scars
  • Age Spots
  • Wrinkles & Fine Lines
  • Skin Pigmentation
  • Sun-Damaged Skin
  • Scars
  • Freckles

Appointments Available In Charleston, SC

Ready to improve the look and texture of your skin with microdermabrasion or chemical peels? Reach out to our aesthetic team at (843)881-2130 or contact us online. Schedule an appointment to meet with our licensed esthetician to talk through your best options, costs, and long-lasting, beautiful results. We are conveniently located on Daniel Island in Charleston, SC.

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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