Aging is evitable. However, modern science has made it possible to mask the signs of aging. There is a choice between a variety of wrinkle treatments that people can use to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. Some of these treatments also facilitate skin rejuvenation, so that you can maintain your youthful appearance.
Today, chemical peels and laser resurfacing are very popular amongst people looking to combat the visible signs of aging. However, it can be overwhelming to make the right decision when you do not have sufficient information about these two skin rejuvenation processes. Usually, both chemical peels and laser resurfacing are used for moderate to severe wrinkles. They help to reduce pore size and get rid of those lines around the mouth and crow’s feet. To help you make a more informed decision, here we analyze what these two different treatments offer and how they are different from each other.
# Understanding Chemical Peels
As the name suggests, chemical peels call for a chemical treatment. Herein, a chemical solution, such as phenol, alphahydroxy acid or trichloroacetic acid, is applied on the skin. This chemical causes the skin to initially blister and then the outer layer of the skin peels and falls off. The resultant new skin has an even tone and is smoother with fewer wrinkles compared to the old skin.
Chemical peels can be applied on hands, neck and face. They are great for reducing fine lines around the mouth and under the eyes. If your skin has been damaged by sun exposure, this is the perfect treatment for you. This cosmetic treatment is also great for reducing appearance of mild acne scars, freckles, dark patches and age spots. It generally improves the look and feel of the skin.
Restrictions after a Chemical Peel Treatment
Once you have a chemical peel treatment, your skin will become sensitive to the sun, albeit temporarily. Hence, you would need to wear sunscreen everyday before venturing outdoors. You also would have to limit your exposure to sun for a few weeks and avoid makeup for about two weeks.
Is Chemical Peel Right for You?
Chemical peels are recommended for fair skinned and light haired people. If you have dark skin, it is best to avoid chemical peels, as they could leave you with an uneven skin tone. Chemical peels are not meant for sagging skin and severe wrinkles.
# Understanding Laser Resurfacing
If you have blemishes, acne scars and wrinkles, laser resurfacing is the way forward. This method uses focused short laser beams to remove skin one layer at a time. It also is referred to as lasabrasion and laser peel.
Wrinkles and fine line around the mouth, eyes and on the forehead can be treated with this method. It also gets rid of shallow acne scars.
One of the most popular types of laser resurfacing is fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. This method is great for treating wrinkles, warts, enlarged pores and scars. During fractional CO2 treatment the focused beams reduce heat damage to the surrounding skin and that is why patients and doctors love this laser resurfacing technique.
Restrictions after Laser Resurfacing
Here too, you would have to avoid sun exposure after the treatment. Your doctor will let you know for how long. Furthermore, you will have a dressing after the procedure, so it may make it difficult to venture outdoors.
Is Laser Resurfacing Right for You?
If you have fair to moderate dark skin with fine lines and wrinkles or shallow scars from acne, you will benefit from laser resurfacing. This technique can also improve the appearance of your skin if you have not had success after a facelift. On the other hand, if you have existing acne or very dark skin, this may not be the best procedure for you.
Both chemical peels and laser resurfacing are great skin rejuvenation techniques that can be performed in the outpatient department. Hence, there is no need for hospitalization. Local anesthesia or IV sedation is used during the procedure. After the procedure, it is important to follow the doctor’s instructions to ensure best results and these could include avoiding direct sun exposure and reducing the amount of time you spend in the sun. Speak to your doctor to find out which is the right procedure for your skin type and skin problem.