The difference between chemical peels and microdermabrasion

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

May 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

chemical peels vs microdermabrasionNow that summer’s just around the corner, you may be interested in seeking treatments that can help your skin look even better in the warm summer sun. Thanks to advancements in medical technology, there are now several non-invasive cosmetic treatments that can help reduce the appearance of freckles, discoloration, scarring, wrinkles, and other blemishes, and allow you to enjoy smooth, clear, youthful-looking skin.

Two of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic treatments available are chemical peels and microdermabrasion. If you’re interested in skin rejuvenation treatments before summer officially arrives, take a look at the differences between chemical peels and microdermabrasion so you can choose the procedure most ideal for you.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels are ideal for exfoliating skin, and can enhance the texture of your skin, as well as reduce signs of sun damage and acne. Some types of peels are even designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and correct problems with uneven skin tone. During treatment, your aesthetician brushes, swabs, or rubs the liquid of the peel onto your skin, where it sits as long as needed to fully penetrate your skin. Downtime is minimal, and you may be advised to avoid direct sunlight for a few days.

If you have a deeper peel, you may be required to apply ointment to the treated area for up to two days to protect and moisturize the crust that could form on your face as it performs the healing process. Deeper peels may be associated with more downtime than lighter peels. The average cost for a chemical peel is $720, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), but many plastic surgery practices run specials on chemical peels off and on throughout the year for their patients.


Microdermabrasion is ideal for those interested in exfoliating and who also want to reduce acne and skin problems such as scars, fine lines, and sun damage. During microdermabrasion treatment, an aesthetician uses a special hand device to gently loosen and exfoliate your dead skin cells. The dead skin cells are then suctioned off your face after being mechanically removed with the device.

The microdermabrasion process helps stimulate collagen growth in your skin so you can go back to producing smoother, healthier-looking skin following treatment. If you continue to have microdermabrasion treatments, you’ll soon notice the reduction of fine lines, sun spots, and other blemishes as well. Plus, microdermabrasion will allow your skin to better absorb any moisturizers and lotions you apply following treatment.

The average recovery time for microdermabrasion is up to two days, and the average cost for microdermabrasion per visit is $148, according to the ASPS.

Should I choose chemical peels or microdermabrasion?

Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are both highly effective at exfoliating your skin. The best way to determine which cosmetic treatment is ideal for you is to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic surgeon or aesthetician. During your consultation, your aesthetician will professionally examine your skin, and make the best treatment recommendation based on the appearance of your skin.

Are you interested in improving the appearance of your skin? Request a consultation with Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about how to achieve beautiful skin.

Topics: Skincare, Skin rejuvenation, chemical peels, microdermabrasion

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