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Chemical Peel vs. Hydrafacial


chemicalpeelvshydrafacialWhile some women simply can’t face the world without full makeup, many women prefer to lighten up during the hot summer months because the blazing heat can turn cosmetics goopy and dips in the pool make mascara run. Of course, you always want to look your best, whether you’re enjoying the enhancement of makeup or not.

This is why it’s a great idea to schedule rejuvenating facial treatments in preparation for summer fun. Whether you’re dealing with acne, scarring, discoloration, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, or general dullness and other signs of aging, the right treatment can help you to regain your youthful glow so you feel comfortable facing the world, even with minimal makeup.

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The difficult choice may be choosing the treatment that’s right for you, as there are several choices to consider. If you’ve narrowed it down to a chemical peel or a hydrafacial, here are a few things you should know before making your appointment.

What to Expect with a Chemical Peel

As you may expect, this procedure involves using a chemical solution to remove the top layer of skin, exposing fresh, new skin underneath and addressing a variety of troublesome skin issues. A safe, acidic solution will be applied by a trained and experienced professional, and you’ll choose the depth of the peel (outer layer of skin or deeper layers) depending on the issues you want to treat.

This treatment can be applied not only to the face, but the neck, chest, and even hands, to address signs of aging and reveal fresh skin underneath. As part of the healing process, collagen production is stimulated, helping to plump skin even as you develop a more even skin tone and enjoy a bright and youthful glow.

Healing can take up to several weeks, during which time you’ll need to take precautions to protect your skin from the sun. For several days after the treatment, you’ll experience peeling of the outer layers of skin. You’ll need to moisturize to prevent dryness and discomfort. Results will depend on several factors, including the type of peel you get, your skin type, the issues you’re addressing, and so on, but you could see rejuvenating effects that last months or even years.

What to Expect with a Hydrafacial

In some ways, hydrafacials are similar to chemical peels, and in fact, one of the steps in the process involves the use of an extremely mild chemical peel. However, they’re much closer to your average facial. The process begins, like many facials, with exfoliation to remove dead cells on the surface of your skin. Next comes a gentle peel to loosen any remaining dirt, cells, and other debris that could be clogging pores.

From there, pores are cleaned with suction (similar to extractions during a typical facial), and then hydrating serums are applied to nourish skin. The smoothing and hydrating effects of a hydrafacial could last from several days to a few weeks, and monthly treatments are recommended for best results.

Which is Better?

The treatment that’s right for you will depend mainly on what you hope to accomplish. A hydrafacial may be fine if you’re simply looking for a mild refresh before a big event, as it’s really just a facial on steroids (figuratively speaking). However, you shouldn’t expect the effects to persist for more than a few weeks at most.

If you’re interested in a skin rejuvenation treatment that addresses not only dullness and clogged pores, but significant signs of aging, delivering major improvement and long-lasting results, a chemical peel is the clear choice. 

If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of a chemical peel or other rejuvenating facial treatments, contact Beverly Fischer, MD, and the qualified and caring team at the Advanced Center for Plastic Surgery today, online or at 410-308-4700, to schedule a consultation.

Topics: Skincare

Dr. Beverly Fischer

Dr. Beverly A. Fischer, a leading female surgeon with over 20 years' experience, believes plastic surgery makes a profound difference in people’s lives.