The patients who I see for skin resurfacing treatments, such as microdermabrasion, at my Toronto-area office love that these procedures can create a noticeable difference for a wide variety of skin concerns. But they also have a lot of questions about these options — namely, what differentiates microdermabrasion from, say, a chemical peel or IPL. Read on to learn the unique characteristics of each treatment and which one may be right for you:
- Microdermabrasion: This popular option, which can be thought of as a sort of clinical-strength exfoliation, sloughs away the outer layer of dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause a dull complexion. By clearing away this layer, skin becomes more receptive to topical products, and you’re likely to see improved results from your at-home regimen. Because microdermabrasion is a gentle procedure, many of my patients have incorporated it as a regular part of their skincare routines. This winter, we’re making it easy for you to try microdermabrasion with our Facebook giveaway. Beginning Nov. 1, share a photo of what you’ve always wanted for Christmas. The submission with the most “likes” gets his or her choice of non-surgical services for free, including a package of 3 microdermabrasion treatments! Visit our Facebook Page to learn more.
- Chemical peels: These treatments use chemical exfoliants, such as alpha-hydroxy acids, to remove the dead top layer of skin. At my clinic, we offer several different varieties of chemical peels to offer safe, effective options to people with varying skin concerns and ethnic backgrounds. Some chemical peels require a short period of downtime while your skin heals, but others allow patients to return to their regular activities on the same day. Depending on the formulation, chemical peels can reduce discoloration, ease the look of fine lines, or simply add a radiant glow. Certain chemicals have particular qualities that can improve specific skin conditions; some peels are useful for acne, others for rosacea, and some are superior for dry or sensitive skin types. Peels can be tailored to your skin type to some degree.
- IPL Photofacials: IPL, which stands for “intense pulsed light,” is a procedure that uses light in various wavelengths to help fade hyperpigmentation, red discoloration, and blotchiness caused by sun damage or aging. IPL can also stimulate collagen production for tighter, more resilient skin. Typically, I recommend a series of 4 to 6 treatments for the best, most consistent results.
To learn which option — or which combination of options — would best suit your needs, we recommend you visit us for a consultation and skin analysis.