Which is Right for You, Lasers or Chemical Peels?

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When looking into skincare treatments it can sometimes be difficult to choose between all of them. After all, there are dozens of options for ways to get rid of sun spots, scars, wrinkles, and other skin issues associated with the natural process of aging. Two of the most popular methods for reversing some of those problems are chemical peels and laser treatments. Here’s a quick comparison of them both that can help you make your skincare decision.

How Laser Treatments and Chemical Peels Each Work for Skin Health

In terms of how they work, lasers and chemical peels are similar in some ways and different in others. They can both be used to exfoliate your skin by getting rid of any debris and dead cells that are covering up the healthier skin layers.

The differences come in both in the general techniques used for each procedure and in the fact that laser skincare tools are a bit more versatile than chemical peels. While chemical peels are mainly used to resurface the skin, some types of lasers can treat deeper skin layers as well.

The Costs of Having Laser Treatment or a Chemical Peel

In terms of cost, a chemical peel will almost always cost somewhere around $800. Although, that cost could be slightly lower or higher depending on the clinic that you go to. Clinics with exceptional reputations or in large cities often have higher costs than those that haven’t been in operation as long or are located in out of the way areas.

Laser treatment costs can run anywhere from about $500 to $4,000. There is such a large price range because there is such a large amount of laser procedures to pick from. Do you want an ablative (strong, specific) treatment or a non-ablative (generalized multiple skin layer) treatment? What part of your body do you want to treat? How large of a surface area do you want to treat?

Those and other questions can influence the type of procedure you have, and therefore influence the cost. Also, just as with a chemical peel, some clinics simply charge more or less than others for similar procedures. So, it can be a good idea to shop around.

What to Expect During Either Appointment Type

Laser and chemical peel appointments are somewhat similar in terms of length. A chemical peel can be done in about 30 minutes, sometimes less. A laser procedure may take up to an hour or so, depending on the type of laser and part of your body that is undergoing treatment.

During a chemical peel appointment a certified technician will carefully treat your skin with the peel solution you have chosen. It’s worth noting that many clinics offer different types of chemical peels because certain solutions react badly with some skin types. Your clinician can go over that with you when you are setting up the appointment.

As for laser treatment, the process is similar except for the fact that the laser of your choice will be pointed at your skin and a combination of light and heat from it will treat your skin. The procedure will still be done by a trained clinician, and you can still discuss your options with them ahead of time before making the appointment.


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