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Microdermabrasion vs. Chemical Peels: Which Is Right for You?

MicrodermabrasionIn the world of non-invasive facial treatments, two procedures often stand out: microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Both aim to rejuvenate the skin and reduce imperfections, but they operate on distinct principles and cater to different skincare needs. How do you decide which is the best choice for you?


Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure known for skin rejuvenation and resurfacing. By lightly abrading the skin and vacuuming off dead skin cells, it stimulates cell renewal and collagen growth. This technique is ideal for treating fine lines, age spots, and uneven skin tones.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, the treatment is sometimes called the “Lunch Hour Facial” for its quick duration. Conducted by an aesthetician or a trained staff member, a series of six sessions is recommended for the best results. The sixth treatment is complimentary. A noteworthy treatment, this gentle procedure can significantly reduce superficial blemishes in just 30 minutes, making it a favorable option for those who want quick results without undergoing a surgical procedure.

Chemical Peels

Unlike microdermabrasion which physically exfoliates, chemical peels rely on a chemical solution to peel away dead skin cells, revealing a newer, more radiant layer beneath. A popular choice is the Jessner’s Peel, often combined with microdermabrasion for maximum impact.

Our most popular peel is the Perfect 10 Peel, which offers universal, intermediate, and advanced options, so the ideal solution for you can be chosen.

Post-Treatment Recovery

Post-treatment recovery for both procedures is straightforward. Microdermabrasion might cause minor redness or sensitivity, but most patients can resume regular activities right after the session. Similarly, chemical peels might lead to some redness or peeling, depending on the peel’s strength. Avoiding unnecessary sun exposure and wearing sunscreen are important post-treatment steps to help ensure the best results and protect your skin.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels offer benefits, and the best choice often depends on your individual skin concerns, desired outcomes, and personal preferences.

If you’re considering either treatment or just curious about other rejuvenating procedures like the fractional laser treatment, the experts at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Mechanicsburg, PA, can help. Schedule a consultation with the practice today by calling (717) 732-9000.

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