Chemical Peel vs. Microdermabrasion vs. Laser Skin Treatment

What’s right for you?

Soft, smooth, younger-looking facial skin is a goal for many of us and, today, there are more options than ever before for attaining the refreshed appearance we desire. While different in method and intensities, all function to remove dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth for skin improvement. The first step is to visit an experienced face and neck surgeon/specialist to see which option is best for you.

Chemical Peel

A form of skin resurfacing, chemical peels use a liquid chemical formulation to remove dead skin cells and stimulate new cell growth. Chemical peels come in a range of intensities from mild to aggressive and, as such, should be administered only by a highly experienced physician who knows how to determine the amount of chemicals used and how to control the process for optimal results and fastest healing time. Recovery depends on the type of chemical peel, but can range from a few days to two to three weeks and can include both redness and peeling. Anyone with rosacea, active acne or other chronic/serious facial skin conditions should avoid having chemical peels that can further irritate their skin.


This non-chemical, non-invasive procedure uses a spray of microcrystals to remove (exfoliate) the outer layer of dry, dead skin cells. Best results are among patients with minimal facial lines or wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, uneven pigmentation, clogged pores, skin texture problems, or minor scars.

Dermabrasion, on the other hand, is a more intensive exfoliating technique that uses a rotating instrument to remove the outer layers of facial skin. A dermatologist or facial cosmetic specialist numbs your skin before beginning this outpatient treatment. Dermabrasion is intended for treatment of fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, uneven texture, and improving the overall appearance of the skin.

Laser Skin Treatment

Laser skin resurfacing is the preferred choice of Dr. Robert J. Smyth to improve the skin of patients with deeper lines and wrinkles, rough texture, uneven pigmentation, spots and scars caused by sun damage, smoking, acne, stress and lifestyle. He uses the Fractional CO2 to remove the dull, thickened layer of dead, damaged cells on the skin’s surface and at the same time stimulate the collagen underneath for new cell and skin growth as well as improved elasticity and resiliency.

Whether the patient needs a full-face laser treatment or just an area of the face treated (such as around the mouth), Dr. Smyth uses local anesthesia to numb the skin for the patient’s comfort. He then artfully uses the laser to perform a controlled penetration of the skin’s surface going just deep enough to treat the damaged cells. The healing process (typically 7 to 10 days) involves redness and the patient’s application of ointment to keep the skin lubricated and protected.

Watchout: Trust only an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon to perform your laser resurfacing treatment to avoid any scarring. Be sure to discuss expectations, the healing process and proper after-care of your skin so that you have the very best results.

Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including lower and upper eyelid surgeries and treatments, brow lifts, laser skin resurfacing, and chin implants. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss all of today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490