Chemical Peel Vs. a Laser Treatment: Which is Best For Your Skin?

Looking to improve the appearance of your skin but not sure which treatment option is right for you? Chemical peels and various laser treatments are highly popular options that address skin issues in different ways.They both have the same goal, which is to improve the appearance of your skin. So how do these treatments differ in recovery, cost and which option will best address your specific concerns?

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a great option for those primarily wanting to focus on the superficial layer of their skin. Chemical peels can improve fine lines, pore size, acne scars, texture and pigmentation in the skin with options for all skin types. The recovery time with chemical peels varies because there are many different kinds of peels that differ in strength and penetration. Some peels require no down time and can be done over a lunch break with little redness following treatment. Stronger peels may require about 5-7 days of downtime with redness and flaking/peeling to be expected. The cost of a chemical peel also varies depending on the type of peel with prices ranging from $75-$140. Chemical peels are recommended in a series of treatments, typically between 3 and 6. At this time, Utah Facial Plastics offers a special of buy any 5 chemical peels and receive the 6th for free.

Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing treatments vary in intensity and purpose. At Utah Facial Plastics, our most popular laser procedures include IPL (photofacial), Venus Viva and fractional CO2 laser. An IPL (intense-pulse light) is not an actual laser treatment but utilizes radio-frequency to target pigmentation, bring it to the surface so it can then slough off leaving brighter, more even skin. With each treatment, the pigmentation continues to lift and lighten. Typically, 3 to 6 treatments are best for optimal improvement.

Our Venus Viva and C02 lasers also treatment pigmentation but additionally improve fine lines and wrinkles and fully resurface the skin. The fractional CO2 laser is a more aggressive, one time procedure with approximately 7 to 10 days of downtime and is considered the “gold-standard” in facial skin resurfacing. This treatment is not for darker skin types as there is risk of uneven skin tone for such patients. Venus Viva treatments are safe for all skin types, involve less downtime and require a series of treatments to achieve desired results. Laser treatments are typically more expensive than chemical peels and range from $200-$1950 per treatment.

Both chemical peels and laser treatments have incredible benefits and have helped thousands of patients at Utah Facial Plastics achieve their aesthetic goals. Choosing which treatment is best for your skin will depend on the issues you are trying to correct and the current state of your skin health. For an individualized treatment plan, including in-office and at-home options, we recommend seeing one of our master aestheticians to help you get the best possible outcome.

Please call our office to schedule your complimentary skin assessment with any of our master aestheticians at (801) 776-2220.

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