I’ve heard that both chemical peels and dermabrasion can help renew skin to make it look younger. Which of these treatments is more effective?
It is not really a question of which technique, chemical peel or dermabrasion, is more effective, but rather which one is indicated for a condition. Both techniques can be equally effective, but usually are performed for different indications. A chemical peel, and there are many strengths so we are talking here about a surgical peel, is usually performed for diffuse facial aging including pigmentation changes and wrinkles. Dermabrasion can be added to a peel for areas of scarring, for example acne scarring, or deep perioral wrinkles. Dermabrasion does carry more risk of loss of pigment or scarring however so you need to balance the treatment with the condition and provide the level of intervention that will give the best results with the least risk.
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