Beauty Treatments: Chemical Peels Vs Microdermabrasian

CHemical peels and microdermbrasion are procedures designed to improve the appearance and vitality of skin. They both reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but they also have many differences, such as their risks.

There are several cosmetic skin rejuvenating procedures, but two of the most popular non-surgical procedures are chemical peels and microdermabrasion.While there are many similarities between the two procedures, there are also some notable differences.Both treatments come with some risks and potential side effects that should be carefully considered before going through with either procedure.In general, they attract the same type of clientele - people who want to reduce wrinkles and fine lines and give their skin a more youthful, healthy glow.Many individuals struggle with the decision over which procedure would be best suited for their needs.Some individuals actually have both procedures done in conjunction.

If you are looking for the procedure that has the fewest side effects and potential risks, you should go with microdermabrasion.This procedure is by far the safest skin rejuvenating procedure you can get.Microdermabrasion involves blasting the skin with aluminum oxide crystals in order to resurface the skin.Microdermabrasion reaches the second layer of skin, known as the dermis, and it removes the dead top layer of skin.The treatment takes about thirty minutes if you are getting your face done only.If you are getting more than just your face, it may take an hour or more.If you have unstable diabetes, an auto immune disorder, herpes, undiagnosed lesions, rosacea, dilated capillaries, warts, or severe and active acne, you should consult with your doctor prior to getting a microdermabrasion treatment.For qualified candidates, the only common side effect with this procedure is redness, and this usually subsides within about forty eight hours.

Chemical peels certainly have far more risks and potential side effects than microdermabrasion does, but they also produce more dramatic results.This is a much more invasive procedure than microdermabrasion is.However, it is considered to be quite safe if done properly.A chemical peel works by applying caustic chemicals to the skin in order to even out pigmentation, reduce scarring, and smooth out lines and wrinkles.Some of the chemical used include trichloracetic acid, glycolic acid, phenol resorcinol, salicylic acid, lactic acid, alpha-keto acid, and Tretinoin Retinoic acid.If you have a personal or family history of heart disease, consult with your regular doctor before going ahead with a chemical peel.Chemical peels can take anywhere from ten minutes to about an hour depending on what chemicals are being used for your peel (different chemical combinations are used based on your individual skin type and complexion).The side effects of chemical peels include crusting, redness, infection, irritation, and pigmentation damage.These symptoms can last for as little as a day, but they often last for as long as two weeks, so make sure that you are able to possibly look pretty red and strange for at least two weeks.

While it is alright to go to either a plastic surgeon or a specially trained esthetician for microdermabrasion, it is strongly recommended that you only go to a plastic surgeon for a chemical peel.There are some states that do not require that a chemical peel be performed by a plastic surgeon, but it is better to be safe than sorry.Chemical peels are too risky to go to anyone that you are not sure about.Microdermabrasion is a much easier procedure to master, so if you are certain that your esthetician has been specially trained in the procedure and has had plenty of experience and plenty of happy customers, there is no reason why you shouldn't let that person perform the treatment.In fact, many people prefer to go to an esthetician for microdermabrasion because they hate doctor's offices, and they would much prefer to include microdermabrasion in a relaxing and luxurious spa day.

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