Chemical Peel vs. CoolPeel: Which Is Better?
Both Chemical Peels and CoolPeel are designed to rejuvenate the skin and provide lasting anti-aging results. Both non-invasive, minimal downtime, anti-aging skin treatments have provided patients with fresher, younger, and healthier skin for years, all without having to go under the knife. However, as the name implies, both are different procedures — one chemical, the other laser-based. So how do you know which one is right for you? Read below to learn more about Chemical Peels and CoolPeel!
What Are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are medical-grade chemical solutions (such as glycolic, salicylic, lactic, and trichloroacetic acids) that will give you healthier, more radiant skin in one treatment. The chemical peel works by “loosing” the skin and making it peel to reveal healthier, younger, brighter, and softer tissue. While maintenance assures the best results, patients can see impressive improvements even after one treatment.
Chemical peels are applied similarly to “facemasks.” They’re painted onto the skin, massaged, and then left for a certain amount of time. Depending on the level of intensity chosen, there may be some itching, tingling, and burning sensations during the application. For the next few days, the skin will also itch and peel. However, none of the pain should be unbearable nor significant. A cold compress will help relieve the skin during the healing time.
There are three different types of chemical peels, each with different intensity levels and purposes. The three are described on our website as below:
- Light peels: You can have a light chemical peel on your lunch break and get back to your day. This strength of peel will remove the top layer of skin (the epidermis), giving your complexion a brighter appearance and softer texture. We typically suggest that you get a light treatment around once a month for the best glowing results.
- Medium-depth peels: This strength of chemical peel penetrates deeper into your skin; usually, patients prefer to do this level of facial rejuvenation treatment over a long weekend. You may also prefer to prepare yourself for more discomfort during and around an hour after a chemical peel. Medium-depth peels are best for patients with mild to moderate damage to their skin, such as fine lines, wrinkles, superficial discoloration, and overall roughness.
- Deep peels: The most advanced of the three types of chemical peels is the deep peel treatment, and it will require the most recovery time. This is an aggressive cosmetic treatment that could leave your face itchy, swollen, and peeling for 10-12 days. Patients who receive a deep peel may target moderate to severe damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and deep discoloration.
What Do Chemical Peels Target?
For those looking to undo skin damage and get a softer, more radiant face, chemical peels are a great option. Chemical peels are specially designed to target signs of aging, such as:
- Fine lines
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Dark patches
- Uneven or rough skin
- Flaky skin
- And more
Want to see the results of chemical peels for yourself? To view before and after photos from chemical peels performed here at Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, click here!
Why Should I Choose Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels have become more and more popular over the last few years, and for a good reason. As an anti-aging skin care procedure that is highly customizable and non-invasive, many are turning to chemical peels to maintain a youthful appearance and to reverse the effects of skin aging. Chemical peels only damage the top layer of skin, leaving the more profound layers safe and unaffected as it stimulates healthier skin growth. While the procedure itself can have mild discomfort, and the peeling/itchy recovery can be irritating, patients vouch that the procedure is well worth it and ultimately more convenient than other skincare alternatives. For patients looking to prioritize anti-aging with a minimal downtime procedure, chemical peels are a fabulous choice.
What Is CoolPeel?
CoolPeel is an advanced laser technology designed as a skin resurfacing treatment to deliver infrared light to the first layer of skin and heat its second layer. CoolPeel uses short pulses of this light to remove the outermost skin layer and stimulate collagen growth for brighter, healthier, smoother skin. Unlike older lasers that can traumatize the skin or accidentally mistarget the treatment area, CoolPeel uses the latest technology to gently and accurately target the skin and minimize excess damage while still providing the targeted area with the best collagen stimulation. Additionally, CoolPeel prevents lingering heat, making the treatment as comfortable as possible for the patient. Due to its advanced technology, the downtime is minimal with typically only a couple days of redness and mild swelling. The precision, comfort, significantly reduced downtime and effectiveness of this treatment makes CoolPeel one of the top choices in skin laser treatments!
What Does CoolPeel Target?
By stimulating collagen growth, CoolPeel can help:
- Tighten skin
- Reduce fine lines
- Reduce sun damage
- Minimize pores
- Improve skin texture
- Soften acne scars
- Reduce wrinkles & smile lines
- Reduce age spots
- And more
CoolPeel does all of this at once, meaning that each treatment will improve all skin blemishes and give you an overall fresher, younger, tighter, more rejuvenated skin feel and look.
Why Should I Choose CoolPeel?
CoolPeel stands out compared to other laser skincare alternatives. Laser treatments like CoolPeel are known as fractional ablative treatments (FATs). Most FATs heat up an entire skin section without any cooling mechanism and can have weeks’ worth of recovery depending on the laser heat intensity. While the results are often fabulous, the pain, discomfort, and potential mistargeting deter many patients. CoolPeel prioritizes patient comfort and ease. Therefore, the pulsing laser, precision tool, and cooling capabilities can deliver laser skin treatments’ beautiful skin results while also customizing heat intensity, recovery time, treatment area, and comfort level to the patient’s wishes.
Which Option Is Better?
While both chemical peels and CoolPeel deliver fabulous results, minimize skin damage, stimulate collagen growth, and reveal fresh, healthy skin, they serve different purposes, target different skincare goals, and have different utilities. To discover which option is best for you, we recommend scheduling a free consultation with us here at Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, where we can thoroughly evaluate your skin, goals, and lifestyle to match you with your perfect skin care. Then, whether it be a chemical peel or CoolPeel, you can rest assured that your skin will end up glowing, and you’ll be thrilled with the results! So come talk with us today.
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