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Note: All cosmetic treatments are medical procedures and therefore come with risks and downtime. It is important you are aware of these before undergoing any procedure. All results vary between individuals.

At Ministry of Skin (MoS), we understand that each individual’s skin is unique, and selecting the right treatment can be a crucial step toward achieving your skincare goals. In this blog post, we’ll explore the differences between medical skin peels and laser treatments and provide guidance on how to choose the best option for you.

Understanding Medical Skin Peels

What are Medical Skin Peels?

Medical skin peels, also known as chemical peels, involve applying a chemical solution to the skin to exfoliate and remove the top layers or target a skin concern such as oil or dryness. The skill comes in choosing the peels ingredient and concentration to treat your skins concern. This process promotes the regeneration of new, healthier skin and can address a variety of skin issues, including:

Types of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels come in different strengths; superficial, medium, and deep peels.

These peels use mild acids like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to gently exfoliate the outer layer of the skin. They are ideal for improving skin texture and tone with minimal downtime.

Using stronger concentrations of acids such as 50% Lactic acid or 20% Salicylic acid or a combination of peels, medium peels penetrate deeper into the skin to treat moderate skin imperfections, including acne scars and deeper wrinkles.

These peels use potent acids like 30% TCA to reach the deeper layers of the skin, providing dramatic improvements for severe skin issues. However, they require a longer recovery period and should be performed by experienced professionals.

Understanding Laser Treatments

What are Laser Treatments?

Laser treatments use a wavelength of light as a focused light energy to target specific skin concerns. MoS laser experts understand each lasers wavelength, what it is attracted to and the layer of skin it penetrates. The lasers wavelength of light and its intensity can be adjusted to address various issues.

Types of Laser Treatments

There are several types of laser treatments available, including:

These lasers remove the outer layers of the skin, promoting collagen production and new skin growth. They are effective for deep wrinkles, severe sun damage, and significant scarring but involve more downtime.

These lasers penetrate the skin without removing the top layers. They are suitable for treating fine lines, mild scars, and pigmentation with minimal downtime.

These lasers treat a fraction of the skin at a time, creating micro-injuries that stimulate healing and collagen production. They offer a balance between effectiveness and recovery time.

MoS has a number of different laser and IPL machines. MoS uses a combination of lasers; Resurfacing, Fractional, Full Ablative, Genesis, Ng Yag, Erbium, Q switch, Vascular and IPL. We recommend a consultation before booking so we can tailor the laser treatment to suit your skins concerns. We always carry out a step to stimulate collagen during your laser treatment so you get long term anti-aging benefits as a minimum.  

Medical Skin Peels Vs Laser Treatments

Both medical skin peels and laser treatments provide improvements in skin texture, tone, and overall appearance. When it comes to these two treatments, it’s not a question of which is better, but rather which is right for your needs. Our team can identify the best option for your skin at the time.

Medical Skin Peels:

Best for surface-level concerns, such as mild wrinkles, acne scars, and pigmentation. They can also provide a general boost to skin radiance and texture.

Generally suitable for all skin types, though deeper peels require careful consideration for darker skin tones to avoid pigmentation changes.

The immediate effects of chemical peels are more dependent upon the peel you have rather than subsequent treatments. A superficial peel will improve skin radiance almost immediately with additional improvements showing in two to three weeks. A medium peel, which penetrates more deeply, can take two to four months to shrink wrinkles, fade scars, and stop breakouts. Most patients prefer gradual improvements rather than rapid and drastic changes.

Laser Treatments:

More effective for deeper skin issues, such as significant scarring, deep wrinkles, and vascular conditions, as well as long term antiaging. They offer precise targeting and can be adjusted for different skin depths and colours.

Non-ablative and fractional lasers are safer for darker skin tones. Our laser therapist will assess your skin and advise if and what is suitable for you.

At Ministry of Skin, our experienced team can help you determine the best treatment based on your individual skin type, concerns, issues and goals. Whether you opt for a peel or a laser treatment, you can trust that you are in expert hands.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us at MoS.

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