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Pros and cons for chemical peel vs. Microdermabrasion vs plastic surgery for wrinkles?

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Dr. Adam Schaffner
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Wrinkle treatments

Chemical peels and lasers may be used to treat wrinkles.
Different peels and lasers will treat at different depths of the skin. The deeper the treatment, the longer the recovery and the greater the risk for complications to occur. Microdermabrasion will help give a "fresh" appearance to the skin but will likely not significantly improve wrinkles.

In brief: Wrinkle treatments

Chemical peels and lasers may be used to treat wrinkles.
Different peels and lasers will treat at different depths of the skin. The deeper the treatment, the longer the recovery and the greater the risk for complications to occur. Microdermabrasion will help give a "fresh" appearance to the skin but will likely not significantly improve wrinkles.
Dr. Adam Schaffner
Dr. Adam Schaffner
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Dr. David Levens
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: All are effective

Peels (laser or chemical) and microdermabrasion are all forms of controlled "injury" to the skin to effect a smoother healed result.
Fine lines can be improved subtly or more dramatically depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment. Surgery involves lifting the skin and redraping it to smooth out wrinkles and can be much more dramatic but is best when combined with less invasive treatments.

In brief: All are effective

Peels (laser or chemical) and microdermabrasion are all forms of controlled "injury" to the skin to effect a smoother healed result.
Fine lines can be improved subtly or more dramatically depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment. Surgery involves lifting the skin and redraping it to smooth out wrinkles and can be much more dramatic but is best when combined with less invasive treatments.
Dr. David Levens
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine

In brief: Depends

A deep medical grade microdermabrasion can cause down time, and done in series like medium peels, get rid of fine lines.
These days face lifts are usually reserved for ridding excess sagging skin. Lasers and deep peels are needed for deeper wrinkles than fine wrinkles.

In brief: Depends

A deep medical grade microdermabrasion can cause down time, and done in series like medium peels, get rid of fine lines.
These days face lifts are usually reserved for ridding excess sagging skin. Lasers and deep peels are needed for deeper wrinkles than fine wrinkles.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Peel.

Microdermabrasion does nothing for find lines.
Some peels work great for find lines. Some lasers do as well. Others do not.

In brief: Peel.

Microdermabrasion does nothing for find lines.
Some peels work great for find lines. Some lasers do as well. Others do not.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology

In brief: Varies

Microdermabrasion is a temporary slight effect.
A medium chemical peel is a deeper but not long lasting result. Laser resurfacing can improve wrinkles around mouth amd cheeks for longer lasting resultsthere is a healing time of several days with laser procedures.

In brief: Varies

Microdermabrasion is a temporary slight effect.
A medium chemical peel is a deeper but not long lasting result. Laser resurfacing can improve wrinkles around mouth amd cheeks for longer lasting resultsthere is a healing time of several days with laser procedures.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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