Laser Resurfacing vs. Chemical Peel

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

One common question that arises when discussing treatments that can treat wrinkles, acne scars, facial lines and age spots is, “which procedure is the best for me?”

The most common procedures to treat these issues are chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing. Chemical peels exfoliate and peel off layers of skin to help improve skin texture.

Laser Skin Resurfacing with TRUE at Wolfson Medical Center in Las Vegas uses the Icon 1540 laser for skin resurfacing. The 1540 offers a non-ablative fractional treatment that doesn’t burn the skin and cause it to dramatically peel. The thermal action of the laser causes an inflammatory reaction that promotes the production of elastin and collagen by the body.

Laser skin resurfacing improves skin texture, tones the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, scars and blemishes. With chemical peels, skin tone is a factor. If you have light skin, you’ll be able to tolerate a deep chemical peel. However, with darker skin, only mild or moderate chemical peels can be performed. If the chemical is too strong, it can cause hyper-pigmentation.

Laser skin treatments treat all the same skin conditions that chemical peels can and with how advanced the ICON laser system is, we’re able to control the strength of the laser perfectly.

The laser works by promoting new collagen production. While chemical peels work at the dermal layer to promote collagen production, a laser is more targeted and can produce more collagen with faster results.

When comparing recovery time, chemical peels will require a couple days of recovery. While our laser treatment requires absolutely no down time and the treatment can be performed on your lunch break.

When a patient undergoes a chemical peel, there is a pain associated with the treatment. Patients describe chemical peel treatments as feeling as continuous and sharp stinging on the face. The stinging sensation remains for as long as the chemical peel solution is left on the skin. The pain associated with the treatment only lasts as long as it is being carried out and is in relation to the strength of the treatment being carried out. Pain relief will likely be required to minimize the discomfort.

If you’re looking to treat wrinkles, fine lines or scarring, the best approach is to discuss your wishes and requirements with a professional at TRUE in Las Vegas.

TRUE at Wolfson Medical Center will provide you with a customized laser resurfacing treatment plan that is right for you. From there, we will advise you on the best course of action to take in order to achieve the results you desire.

If you’re interested in learning more about laser skin resurfacing, we welcome you to schedule a free consultation online or contact us.

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