Chemical Peels or Facelift Surgery: Which is Better for Me? By Gregory Mesna on April 08, 2013

Chemical Peels vs. Facial Lifting SurgeryThere are many ways that a Minneapolis plastic surgeon can help patients fight the signs of advanced age. Some of them will involve safe cosmetic plastic surgery treatment. Others will involve the use of non-surgical solutions. Two extremely popular options are chemical peels and facelift surgery. We'd like to take a moment right now to go over the basics of each and compare them so you have a good understanding of what they involve.

About Facelift Surgery

The facelift is one of the most popular options for anti-aging treatment available today. Facelift surgery involves the removal of excess skin and tissue in order to reduce the appearance of sagging and wrinkles. When you meet with a skilled cosmetic surgeon serving Minneapolis, you'll be able to find out if a facelift is the right option for your needs.

The Facelift Surgery

During a facelift, incisions are made around the upper ear area and lower portion of the hairline. Through these incisions, underlying structures are adjusted and excess skin is removed. The remaining skin around the face is pulled tighter and sutured in place.

Advantages of Facelift Surgery

Some of the advantages of getting a Minneapolis facelift include:

  • Tighter and firmer appearance of the skin
  • More youthful and energetic appearance
  • Scarring is generally well hidden given incision sites
  • Improved self-image and self-confidence

About Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are one of the more popular options available for skin resurfacing and improving skin texture. The chemical peel solution itself is acidic, and there are varying degrees of peel that can occur, from light peels to deep peels. It's ideal for addressing wrinkles, blemishes, and problems with skin pigmentation.

The Chemical Peel Procedure

During the chemical peel procedure, the acidic solution is carefully applied to the treatment area. Once the initial cosmetic chemical peel procedure is done, it will cause the topmost layer of skin to peel off. The underlying skin will be less wrinkled and less affected by blemishes. Multiple peels can be performed in order to achieve the best possible effects.

Note: The invasiveness of this treatment will depend on the intensity of the peel. Some chemical peels will only involve light peeling, while deeper peels will require some time taken off work given the effects and the need for recovery.

Advantages of Chemical Peels

Some advantages of chemical peel treatments include:

  • Varying levels of intensity depending on your needs
  • Improves overall skin texture and quality
  • Removes blemishes and marks
  • Can often be minimally invasive

Which option is right for me?

The best option for your aesthetic goals will really depend on your situation. When the primary issue is sagging skin and drooping skin, facelift surgery would be more ideal. If the primary concern is skin texture or the removal of blemishes, then chemical peels are better suited to that end.

For some patients, combining facelift and chemical peel treatment would be ideal. We should note that the chemical peel treatment would need to be performed some months after the facelift in order to ensure proper healing in both instances. We will be sure to go over all of your options for cosmetic surgery makeovers so that you can make the best decision possible regarding your overall appearance.

Learn More About Advanced Aesthetic Enhancement

For more information about aesthetic skin care treatments and facial plastic surgery procedures, be sure to contact our Edina cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Whether you undergo non-surgical treatments of facial plastic surgery, we will help you achieve your anti-aging goals.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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