April 30, 2019

Photo Rejuvenation vs. Chemical Peel: Which Is Right for Me?

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With so many options on the market for skin care, like photo rejuvenation and chemical peels, it can be overwhelming to choose which treatment is right for you. It’s important to learn a little about the differences between these treatments, so we want to make it easy for you before you come in for a personal consultation.

What Is Photo Rejuvenation?

Photo rejuvenation, or commonly known as intense pulsed light (IPL), systems are used as a treatment for damaged skin. IPL is a light device that transfers pulses into heat energy, absorbed by brown spots and blood vessels under the skin. This process allows for structures to be selectively eliminated, which works to improve the texture and tone of your skin.

Photo rejuvenation can treat sun damage, rosacea, acne, actinic keratoses, and more. IPL technologies increase collagen production, reduce pore size, and improve the overall texture of the skin.

The Benefits of Photo Rejuvenation

When it comes to skin rejuvenation, IPL treatments can:

  • Reduce redness
  • Diminish brown spots
  • Refine skin tone

Treatable areas include:

  • Face
  • Arms
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Legs

What Are Chemical Peels?

If you’ve noticed that your skin has some discoloration or scars, a chemical peel may be the treatment you’ve been looking for. A chemical peel is a treatment that uses a chemical solution to remove the top layers of the skin to allow for smoother, revitalized skin to grow back and uncover a youthful glow. Chemical peels activate reactions by exfoliating the superficial layers of the epidermis.

Chemical peels can be used in combination with other cosmetic procedures and at different depths (light, medium or deep). That being said, the depth of the peel will also have an effect on your recovery time.

The Benefits of a Chemical Peel

A chemical peel can:

  • Improve skin texture
  • Brighten skin complexion
  • Hydrate skin
  • Reduce fine lines

Treatment areas include:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Hands

Some side effects of a chemical peel can include:

  • Redness
  • Darker skin color (hyperpigmentation)
  • Lighter skin color (hypopigmentation)

It’s important to consult with an experienced doctor like Dr. Tchelebi who can assess what medications you’re taking, any sensitivities you may experience, and your expectations, motivations, and goals. This consultation can help determine the facial rejuvenation treatment that is right for you!

Park Avenue Medical Spa in Armonk is led by Dr. Anca Tchelebi-Moscatello, M.D., our medical aesthetics professional. Call 914-676-8013 to learn about current pricing. We proudly serve the greater Armonk, Greenwich, and Westchester areas. Schedule a consultation for photo rejuvenation or chemical peels to learn more!

*Results and experiences may vary and are expected but not guaranteed. Patients must consult with their doctor before starting any treatments.