Skin rejuvenation (sometimes known as skin resurfacing) is an umbrella term for cosmetic procedures that help stimulate healthy skin.
Two popular non-invasive methods of skin rejuvenation include microneedling and chemical peels.
Microneedling is a skin-rejuvenating cosmetic procedure where a practitioner pricks your skin with sterilized microneedles. This process creates small wounds on the treated area to produce more collagen and elastin to heal.
Because microneedling stimulates collagen and elastin production, it results in younger-looking skin that appears tighter, firmer, and brighter.
Why Collagen and Elastin Help Your Skin Look Younger
Collagen and elastin are two proteins present in your skin. Collagen helps with the volume and firmness of your skin, and elastin helps it stay flexible. Together, they work to provide strong, healthy, youthful skin.
As you age, your body naturally starts to deplete its collagen and elastin levels. This is why issues like sagging, thin skin, and wrinkles are associated with getting older.
How Microneedling Works
Collagen is the most abundant protein present in your body. Part of its role is to improve wound healing by attracting fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are cells in your connective tissue that play an essential part in wound healing.
When your body detects wounds, its natural reaction is to increase collagen production in the wounded area to initiate the healing process.
The tiny, microscopic wounds created through microneedling are superficial but deep enough to stimulate your skin.
Where Can You Get Microneedling?
Most patients get microneedling done on their face, but you can also get it on other parts of your body, including your stomach and thighs.
Your Microneedling Appointment
When you go to your first microneedling appointment, you can anticipate it will take anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
We will begin the procedure by spreading a numbing cream on your face to enhance your relaxation and comfort. Then, they’ll move the microneedling device around the treated area.
Microneedling can help with a variety of aesthetic skin-related issues, such as:
- Hair loss
- Hyperpigmentation (uneven skin tone)
- Large pores
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
- Sagging skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
Schedule a consultation and ask us whether microneedling is right for you.
Chemical peels are a cosmetic procedure where a chemical solution is applied to a treatment area to remove the top layers of the skin.
Chemical peels rejuvenate the skin, as new, recently grown skin is much smoother than old, damaged skin.
How Your Skin Layers Work
Your skin is divided into three main layers: the deepest layer (hypodermis), mid-layer (dermis), and the top layer (epidermis).
The dermis layer contains sweat glands, hair follicles, nerve endings, and it’s where collagen and elastin are made!
Chemical peels are designed to remove a controlled amount of skin cells from the epidermis to help stimulate the dermis.
Chemical peels are similar in theory to microneedling. They cause controlled, safe damage to the skin to encourage skin rejuvenation and collagen production.
Types of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are customizable depending on your treatment goals. They’re often done at different depths, depending on the patient. The three types of chemical peels available are superficial, medium-depth, and deep.
Some stronger peels may remove a small part of the dermis and require a longer recovery time.
Superficial chemical peels only affect the epidermis (your skin’s top layer). The recovery process is quickest with superficial peels, taking anywhere from 1-7 days to heal, depending on your body.
We may recommend a medium-depth peel to help with more aggressive cosmetic goals, such as addressing fine wrinkles, minor scarring, minor unevenness of skin tone, and sun damage.
These peels usually take anywhere from 7-14 days to heal.
Deep peels are rarely applied to patients. These peels take two to three weeks to heal but can help with severe sun damage, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
What to Expect at Your Chemical Peel Appointment
Chemical peel appointments usually last 10-20 minutes. Before the procedure begins, we will clean your face and add protective covering to your eyes.
They’ll then apply the chemical solution to the treated skin and let it sit for a few minutes. Depending on the type of peel you get, your provider may apply cold compresses or a neutralizing solution for your comfort.
Chemical Peel Benefits
Chemical peels can help treat the following skin-related concerns:
- Large pores
Not sure whether you should get microneedling or a chemical peel? The following section compares the two to help you decide.
Microneedling vs. Chemical Peels
Although microneedling and chemical peels are both skin rejuvenation procedures, they’re very different treatments.
Microneedling usually only requires about 24 hours of downtime. Chemical peels can require anywhere from 1-3 weeks of recovery time.
Microneedling and chemical peels both help with skin texture, tone, and scarring. But microneedling can also help with hair growth, skin tightening, and moderate wrinkles. Chemical peels cannot tighten sagging skin or address deep scars or wrinkles.
Both procedures are primarily done on your face but can also be done on other parts of the body.
Which Skin Rejuvenation Procedure Is Right for You?
If you’re interested in skin rejuvenation/skin resurfacing, one of these methods may work better for you than the other.
When you meet with our licensed professionals for a consultation to review your treatment goals, we will be able to evaluate which treatment is the best option for your body type and the results you want.
Microneedling and chemical peels are often done in conjunction with other treatments to achieve the best results. For safe, professional skin rejuvenation, contact Revive Clinic in Oklahoma City. We’re a team of dedicated skincare professionals and medical providers ready to make your skin goals a reality.