As someone who has been somewhat obsessed with skincare lately, I’ve been researching different types of facial treatments to improve the skin’s appearance. I discovered that two of the most popular skin treatments are laser procedures and chemical peels, a.k.a acid peels.
What you may not know is the subtle and not so subtle differences between the two, as well as the similarities and which one you should choose, if either. In order to understand those differences and make an informed decision, let’s take a look at both of these treatments in detail.
How Chemical Peels Work for Skin Resurfacing
Chemical peels are sometimes called acid peels because they each use various forms of acids to treat the skin. Depending on the type of acid used the peel treatment might impact only the surface of the skin or several layers of it. The deeper the chemical peel is, the more dramatic the improvement is likely to be, but the time it takes for the skin to heal fully after treatment will also be longer.
How Laser Procedures Work for Skin Resurfacing and More
Laser procedures can also be used for skin resurfacing. However, they work in a completely different way. Lasers provide cosmetic-treatment in the form of a combination of heat and light. The focused beams of laser light are perfect for targeting specific areas on the surface of your skin.
In addition to laser resurfacing procedures, skincare lasers can also be used in a variety of other ways. Some of them are designed specifically for wrinkle reduction. Others provide deep tissue revitalization or other forms of treatment, but resurfacing treatments are among the most common and popular.
Similarities in How Laser and Chemical Peel Procedures Are Performed
The most obvious difference between laser peels and chemical peels for skin resurfacing is the tools involved. Lasers use light and heat to treat the skin, while chemical peels clearly use chemicals. Another similarity between the two procedures is that both procedures will typically take less than an hour to complete. In some cases chemical peels may take less than half an hour. A final major similarity is that your clinician is likely to warn you against wearing any perfumes or other chemicals on your skin. The skin must be completely clean and free of unnecessary chemicals or oils in order to limit chances of burns and other side effect risks.
A Comparison of Chemical Peel and Laser Resurfacing Costs
One nice thing about chemical peels versus laser resurfacing is that chemical peel pricing is fairly predictable. The average price for a treatment is approximately $800 with a little bit of fluctuation based on the clinic in question. For example, a clinic that is popular and well established is likely to have higher prices than a newer clinic.
Laser treatment costs can vary in cost because laser procedures can technically be performed almost anywhere on your body. The price of a laser appointment, which can range from around $500 to as much as $4,000 or more, depends greatly on the size of the area you wish to have treated. The final price will also depend on other factors like the exact type of laser used and the pricing structure used by the clinic.
The best way to have either procedure done for the optimum cost is to investigate several clinics before choosing one. However, keep in mind that extremely low prices could indicate that the clinic is brand new or otherwise not as favorable as a well established professional skincare clinic. Therefore, you may be better off to pay more for a quality treatment in a well known location.