What’s the difference between a laser treatment and a chemical peel?

Using the energy emitted from a laser beam, laser skin resurfacing can help rejuvenate the skin of the face. A laser works instantaneously as a shrink wrap, ridding the face of wrinkles with little downtime. This tightens elastic tissue and rebuilds collagen in the skin, while removing brown spots. A chemical peel produces a controlled injury to the skin, which promotes the growth of new skin. Many different chemicals are used for chemical peels, including glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid, “Jessners” solution, and phenol, all of which produce different degrees of injury of the skin. Any skin peel leaves the skin red and raw and the patient must stay indoors for 7 – 10 days because any sun exposure will damage the healthy skin while it is “rejuvenating.”

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