The Differences between Microdermabrasion and A Chemical Peel

Sun damage, acne scarring, and aging can all leave a mark on your face.There are many different ways to address lines, wrinkles, and scars, including minimally invasive techniques that can turn the clock back and leave your skin smoother, fresher, and younger-looking. 

At Laughlin Plastic Surgery, with locations in Annapolis, and Easton, Maryland, Dr. Daniel Laughlin uses a variety of cosmetic skin services to provide better aesthetics, including microdermabrasion and chemical peels. 


Microdermabrasion is exfoliation done with a mildly abrasive device, and is safe for almost everyone. Microdermabrasion can improve circulation, even out your skin tone, stimulate collagen production, and plump out fine lines and wrinkles. If you have reddened or yellowed skin spots or mild acne scars, microdermabrasion can minimize their appearance. You may also notice that your pores seem smaller after microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion typically takes about 30 minutes per session, and you’ll have several sessions spaced around four to six weeks apart for best results. Dr. Laughlin will sit down with you and work out your treatment schedule to give you optimal facial renewal.

You might feel a little stinging sensation and have some redness around the treated areas for a day or two after your treatment, which is completely normal. Try to avoid sun exposure for several weeks after your treatment, so your newly exposed skin layer can mature. Always remember to always wear sunscreen to protect your skin.  

Chemical peels

A chemical peel, or “derma peeling,” can also treat skin discoloration, sunspots, acne, and uneven complexions. Most people can safely have chemical peels, but lighter skin tones produce more aesthetic results, as darker skin tones tend to be more prone to uneven coloring after treatment. 

Dr. Laughlin will consult with you about your level of treatment. Peels can be light, medium, or heavy, rated by how many layers of skin are affected. Light chemical peels are the most popular, as they have the least downtime and can be safely combined with other cosmetic treatments. Light peels can also be repeated over time to slowly rejuvenate your face and maintain a healthy skin thickness and tone.

Before your chemical peel, tell your doctor about any medications or supplements you’re taking or have taken recently. Some medications can interfere with peel results. You should also refrain from waxing your eyebrows or using a facial exfoliant for several days before your peel. After your peel, you’ll need to stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen, and wait a few weeks before you wax or exfoliate.

Are you ready for a chemical peel or microdermabrasion? To schedule an appointment with Dr. Laughlin, call either of our offices or use our web form to send a private message to either location today.

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