Which is Better: Chemical Peel or Laser Skin Resurfacing?

By Dr. Deane on April 15, 2022 under Chemical Peel, Laser Resurfacing

Are you in pursuit of a flawless complexion? In the skin resurfacing world, two treatments can help you obtain a smooth and clear complexion; laser treatments and chemical peels. But, how do you determine the right option for your skin? Here’s what to know about these options and which one is best for you.

What is a Chemical Peel?

This facial treatment enhances your skin’s general appearance and deals with issues like uneven skin tone, scarring, acne, and wrinkles. It peels away the skin’s outermost layers to reveal new, healthy cells underneath. Chemical peels are available in mild, medium, and deep to help you customize your peel to your skin type.


Chemical peels are ideal for superficial concerns, and mild to medium strength peels can be applied to all skin types. But stronger peels should be used cautiously on darker complexions as they are susceptible to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Another advantage of chemical peels is their affordability – peels can be between $150 and $500 per session.


The recovery time varies for different people. Some people will have no downtime, while others will have slight redness and flaking. When healing from a chemical peel, avoid washcloths, brushes, scrubs, topical acne medication, retinoids, and hydroxyl acids for about one week to avoid interfering with the healing process. Use a gentle cleanser and unscented moisturizer with broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen if you must apply something on your face. Avoiding heavy sweating and strenuous exercise for 72 hours after treatment is also good.

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

This treatment option utilizes lasers to regenerate the skin’s outer layers and heat the dermis, the underlying layer of the skin. Laser resurfacing is used on deep wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, acne scars, and other entrenched skin concerns.


Laser resurfacing is ideal for serious skin issues such as vascular issues, stubborn pigment, and wrinkles. The treatment is also suitable for collagen remodeling and is better in precision. For example, lasers target acne scars or brown spots more precisely. It also delivers results faster than peels, and you can safely treat darker skin.


The major disadvantage of laser treatment is the cost of treatment. You should expect to pay between $300 and $3,000 per visit, which can become costly when looking at a package of treatments over time.

How to Choose the Best Skin Treatment

Generally, lasers and chemical peels have the same objective – to improve the overall appearance of the skin and erase imperfections. Both treatments handle similar problems, and they are both great options. Your treatment choice depends on your concerns, how fast you want results, and your budget. During a consultation, our team will help you determine the best treatment option for your goals.

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like to have a chemical peel or laser resurfacing, Dr. Deane is ready to work with you to give you a flawless complexion. We also provide Botox and PRP scalp treatments. Contact us today and book an appointment in Manhattan or Garden City, Babylon by calling or filling out our online form.