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Which is Better - Chemical Peeling or Laser Treatment?

Definition of TermsBefore comparing and contrasting chemical peeling and laser treatment, let us define what these two treatments are and what they can do. We'll start with chemical peeling, then with laser treatment.

1. Chemical Peeling

  1. a procedure that uses chemical resurfacing in removing the top layer of skin

  2. allows the skin to grow back with a much healthier skin quality

  3. gives a renewed skin surface and removes factors like wrinkles, scars, and skin discoloration

  4. damages the skin’s outer layer in a controlled environment

  5. promotes healing that regenerates the growth of new tissue

  6. the new skin produced alters existing damages such as acne scarring and sun-inflicted problems

  7. also speeds up facial appearance declination while giving a younger appearance.There are three (3) chemical peels widely used today – light, medium, and deep chemical peeling. A light chemical peel does not require that much downtime. On the other hand, medium and deep chemical peels may require at least two (2) to three (3) weeks of recovery time. Chemical peeling takes around 30 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the treated area.

Target AreasTypically, you can do chemical peeling on your face, hands, or neck. Chemical peeling improves the skin’s appearance and overall feeling. These chemical solutions are applied to the targeted areas being treated, which causes skin peeling and exfoliation. This procedure results in a new skin beneath becoming smoother, appearing less wrinkled, and usually having minor damage.

RecommendationsPersonalized treatment plans are essential suggestions since your skin tone can significantly contribute to the significant results this procedure can bring. Lighter-skinned individuals tend to have more dramatic results than those with darker skin tones. The latter often experience the uneven tone and textures in their skins. Sagging and wrinkled skins which are not that severe respond poorly to chemical peeling alone. For these instances, patients may require additional treatment options to achieve optimal results for their appearance.

EffectivenessChemical peeling is very effective, with dramatic results, especially in reducing wrinkles, scarring, and fine lines. This procedure results in good skin quality, allowing problem areas on one’s face, neck, and hands to diminish for revitalized skin patients will surely appreciate and resort to having ongoing care afterward.

2. Laser Treatment

  1. a treatment that reduces the appearance of scars

  2. uses focused light therapy in removing the skin’s outer layer surface

  3. also stimulates new skin cell production that covers damaged skin cells

  4. minimizes the appearance of skin issues like scars, skin wrinkles, age spots, warts, and keloids

  5. however, this treatment doesn't altogether remove scars

  6. utilizes focused light beams in treating damaged areas on the body

  7. can remove tumors and other growths, stop hair loss, improve vision, and treat pain

  8. can also improve the appearance of scars

  9. involves heat and light and may not be recommended for those who have light sensitivity

  10. doctors may also discourage this procedure for those currently taking blood-thinning medications to prevent any risks of bleeding

  11. doctors may also discourage laser treatments if you have active acne, skin sores, or darker skin

Target AreasLaser treatments are usually done as an outpatient procedure. Doctors and practitioners repeatedly move laser wands over the targeted area’s skin, removing damaged skin cells and diminishing scars that include:

  1. acne scars

  2. burn scars

  3. injury scars

  4. dark spots, age spots, and other hyperpigmentation cases

SafetyLaser treatments require topical anesthetics to be numb the patient’s skin. However, there are times where sedation is needed. Since it is an outpatient procedure, laser treatments should only be done by an expert and board-certified dermatologist. Mild side effects may include pain, swelling, redness, and temporary oozing. These after-effects usually disappear after a couple of days.

ConvenienceLaser treatments have no extended downtime so that you can expect the healing process in about three (3) to ten (10) days.

EfficacyAlthough scars can’t be completely removed using laser treatments, research studies have indicated the effectiveness of laser therapies in minimizing scar appearances and its thickness.

Chemical Peeling VS Laser TreatmentWe’ve come to the part wherein we look at how chemical peeling and laser treatment fair with each other. Here are some pros and cons of chemical peeling and laser treatment, respectively.

Chemical Peeling


  1. Chemical peeling is more beneficial for treating acne, uneven skin tones, and textures, large pores.

  2. It is cheaper, with an average cost of about $700.


  1. A series of chemical peeling may be required to achieve the best results possible.

  2. It is unlikely to treat and improve deeper scars or wrinkles significantly.

Laser Treatment


  1. Laser treatment requires fewer sessions with lower risks of scarring.

  2. It is more helpful in treating deep wrinkles and sagging skin.


  1. Laser treatments are more expensive. A session ranges up to $2000 for only a single session.

  2. It requires more than one treatment to see results fully.

Compare and Contrast

  1. Both chemical peeling and laser treatment can remove old skin, promoting new skin growth. These treatments are commonly used to treat acne scars, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines, and sun damages like age spots.

  2. Laser treatments are better than chemical peeling in terms of how controllable and precise the procedure treats skin issues.

  3. Those with darker skin tones are more suitable for chemical peeling than laser treatment regarding hyperpigmentation issues.

  4. On average, laser treatments are much more expensive compared to chemical peeling.  

Chemical Peeling VS Laser Treatment: TakeawaysChoosing between chemical peeling and laser treatment depends significantly on the patient's background, need, and the desired outcome, all wrapped together in a tight little bow of a gift of effective and efficient results. One should know and consider both procedures' pros and cons and how each is done over the other. We can then judge which is better – chemical peeling or laser treatment. Whatever the best treatment may be for you, we wish you only happiness from the results of each respective treatment. Want to know more about these procedures? Chemical peeling, perhaps? Our awesome friends from Primrose Medical Boutique can guide you through the process.

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