Achieving a youthful, healthy glow is an important beauty goal. Your skin says a lot about your overall health; it can make or break a dazzling appearance, and using makeup only temporarily conceals dark spots and blemishes. It’s not surprising that most people—especially those involved in media, fashion, and other high profile professions—are interested in a more permanent solution to facial skin rejuvenation and enhancement.
The two most common ways to rejuvenate skin are microdermabrasion and chemical peel face treatment. Both of these processes target old or dead skin cells; bring new, younger cells to the epidermis; and help make skin look younger.
Microdermabrasion procedures are relatively gentle on skin. By applying moderate amounts of tiny, abrasive particles to the skin’s surface, the outer layer sloughs off dead cells to reveal the fresh, undamaged underlying layer of skin. Patients often undergo microdermabrasion in conjunction with other skin treatments, such as chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
A handheld device administers the particles across the entire face, or a designated area of concern. Then, a vacuum is used to suction both the particles and dead skin cells off the face.
Because microdermabrasion is so gentle, patients don’t require anesthesia or take time off of work following the treatment. Noticeable results often come after five to ten treatment sessions, one to two weeks apart*. Mild irritation is common, and usually comes in the form of superficial redness, which is nothing to be immediately concerned about.
Chemical peels come in three different variations – alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and phenol. These differ in strength; your licensed aesthetic dermatologist can examine the severity of your skin to determine the aggressiveness of your treatment.
During a TCA or phenol peel, skin is washed and the treatment is applied. Dermatologists often apply petroleum jelly or waterproof adhesives to protect the new layer of skin. AHA peels do not require an ointment or covering after application.
Like microdermabrasion, chemical peels do not require topical anesthetic. Phenol and TCAs have an anesthetic-like side effect that combats most of the pain and discomfort associated with chemical peels, while AHAs are mild enough to handle on their own – although a sedative may be used for hyper-sensitive skin.
Where to Get Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peel Procedures
Both processes can be completed at a medical spa or a dermatologists office, but results vary. As medical practitioners, dermatologists are often given the latest technologies in skin enhancement before they are released to beauty salons and spas. Aesthetic dermatologists offer specialized, professional therapies tailored to your individual skin issues.
Allowing an unlicensed professional to tamper with your skin can leave harsh results, like red spots and skin damage. Further, dermatologists can offer stronger chemical peels that remove more skin cells and produce better results.
Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels are forms of superficial exfoliation. While they help improve glow quickly, you’ll receive greater benefits from the stronger chemical peels not offered by spas.
Skin Resurfacing by Miami Aesthetic Dermatologist Dr. Busso
Miami aesthetic dermatologist Dr. Mariano Busso offers both microdermabrasion and chemical peel treatments for patients looking to rejuvenate their skin.
If you’re interested in a more advanced form of skin enhancement, Dr. Busso can provide stronger, medical-grade peels. He will use his expertise to discuss the best possible form(s) of skin treatments, including chemical peels, while addressing all of your possible concerns.
We aim to provide our patients with optimal results. Book your appointment online or call our office at (305) 857-0144 to discuss skin-resurfacing treatments today.