Laser Resurfacing vs. Chemical Peel

Laser Resurfacing vs. Chemical Peel

Laser skin resurfacing and chemical peel are two methods for facial rejuvenation. They supercharge the body’s powers of regeneration to replace dead and damaged skin cells with vibrant young new ones. Both procedures accomplish these goals in a similar fashion: the existing skin is “resurfaced,” meaning a powerful chemical or a semi-ablative laser sweeps away old skin cells and removes the topmost layer in order to encourage fresh new growth.  

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Out with the Old, In with the New

The most lustrous and natural-looking skin is derived from your own youthful skin cells regenerating themselves. Many of the symptoms we usually associate with age are actually the result of the cumulative effects of dead or damaged skin cells piled up on the surface. But fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars and pigmentation changes in the skin can all be improved with skin resurfacing procedures. There are two popular resurfacing procedures that purge old cells differently: depp chemical peels and CO2 laser skin resurfacing. 

Laser Resurfacing 

Laser Skin Resurfacing is one of our Aesthetic Laser Treatments. At Skin Care by Alyce, we use a semi-ablative CO2 laser to strategically vaporize the top layers of your skin. One of the advantages of the laser procedure is that it is extremely precise and consistent. So in the hands of a trained aesthetic laser technician, like Alyce, the CO2 laser is sure to produce repeatable, dependable and powerful results every time.

Chemical Peel 

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Our Chemical Peel at Skin Care by Alyce is a resurfacing technique that relies on topically applied acids and retinoids. These potent chemicals eat away at dead and dying skin cells to usher in a “new generation” of fresh and youthful cells to take their place. The body’s regenerative processes are significantly stimulated by the “microdamage” caused by the resurfacing procedure. The healing process imbues new cells with collagen, elastin and other important proteins to give you a vivid and healthy glow.[1] 

Alyce Versagli has created a sanctuary for skin care in our little corner of Pennsylvania. Skin Care by Alyce is a cozy and inviting boutique medspa serving the communities of Wyomissing, Reading, Pottstown, Allentown, Morgantown, Schuylkill County, King of Prussia, Philadelphia and Lancaster. Contact us or, better yet, come see what we have to offer. Call (610) 685-2575 to speak directly with one of our kind and attentive staff. 


Laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels both administer a similar benefits. They are both facial rejuvenation procedures that accelerate the skin’s regeneration cycle and amplify your inner luster

Laser Resurfacing 

Laser skin resurfacing’s primary “tool of the trade” is a semi-ablative fractional CO2 laser. It is a powerful, precise and sophisticated piece of equipment. Rest assured, you will be safe in Alyce’s competent care. She is a certified Laser Safety Officer, so trust her judgement and experience. In selective photothermolysis, light energy targets specific chromophores within the skin.[2] Chromophores contain specific pigments to which the laser light is attracted. The light vaporizes specific skin cells to a definitive depth. The laser’s heat also tightens skin and re-aligns collagen bundles, as well as promoting the production of new collagen bundles.  

Chemical Peel

Our chemical peel procedure deploys an assortment of acidic cocktails that are each suited to a particular task for a specific skin type. The acid solutions vary in intensity, ranging from superficial at the skin’s surface to a deep and penetrating purge of the top tiers of your epidermis.[3] Like our laser treatments, the chemical peel will amplify your skin’s natural splendor almost immediately. Both treatments require little or no downtime. But chemical peels tend to be less expensive than laser treatments. Peels are also appropriate for darker skin, because dark, rich pigmentation may respond differently to the laser beam.   

Which Is Better: Chemical Peel or Laser Resurfacing?

Neither chemical peels nor laser skin resurfacing is the best choice in every instance. You should seek the assistance of Alyce or one of her expert aestheticians to help you to determine which is right for you. Lasers can penetrate deeper into the skin, influencing subdermal structures that purely topical treatments—like a chemical peel—simply can’t reach. This may make laser or radiofrequency treatments the preferred choice for deep wrinkles or sagging skin.[4] The affordable versatility of chemical peels is clearly an advantage in certain situations.

Ideal Candidates

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Ideal candidates for both laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are seeking to refresh their look and rejuvenate their appearance. Skin Care by Alyce has a wide variety of dermatological treatments for every shade and texture of skin.  

At your private consultation, our keen aestheticians at Skin Care by Alyce will determine if your skin type makes you a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel. Many of our patients achieve their best results through a combination of these and other treatments. One of the many benefits of consulting personally with Alyce and her expert team is having direct access to their skills and experience. We will collaborate with you to bring out the very best in your skin. 

Alyce’s talented team of observant aesthetic professionals will help you to evaluate the relative benefits of our medspa offerings. 

Your Private Consultation at Skin Care by Alyce

Alyce Versagli invites you to the warm, welcoming atmosphere of Skin Care by Alyce. Our comfy, intimate atmosphere is sure to put you at ease. Our premium aesthetic services are among Pennsylvania’s finest. Consider a consultation with our medspa staff to see if you may benefit from a chemical peel or CO2 laser skin resurfacing. We serve the Wyomissing, Reading, Pottstown, Allentown, Morgantown, Schuylkill County, King of Prussia, Philadelphia and Lancaster areas. Reach out online or call (610) 685-2575 to learn more.

We want to see you shine!  

Recovery & Results

Recovery times for laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are fairly comparable. They also vary based on the duration of each treatment and their intensity. In some instances, a laser treatment and chemical peel can be combined to boost their benefits and diminish downtime. 

Can You Benefit From Laser Treatments After a Chemical Peel?

In specific situations, these two potent skin treatments can join forces to augment your outcomes. When treating pigment issues, for instance, or in scar removal and reduction, the acid bath and laser light therapies can buttress your results whilst slackening the sting of potential side effects from either procedure.   

Alternative Procedures: Skin Classic

There is more than one more way to resurface your skin at Skin Care by Alyce. The Skin Classic skin resurfacing device applies direct, high-frequency electronic currents to growths and unwanted pigmentation. Radiofrequency waves are a proven, safe way to eliminate your skin tags, pimples, hyperpigmentation and other imperfections. As with other skin resurfacing methods, Skin Classic will expunge your skin’s surface of old, damaged and undesirable skin cells to reveal the younger, even-toned skin growing beneath. 

How Much Does Skin Resurfacing Cost in Pennsylvania?

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You won’t want for options at Skin Care by Alyce. We offer several effective skin resurfacing treatments, all of them completely safe and each with their own unique advantages. The cost of your facial rejuvenation shall depend on which procedure you choose and how many sessions it may take to achieve your desired results. In some cases, two or more skin resurfacing methods can be combined to reduce cost and optimize outcomes. Watch our specials page to take advantage of our limited-time offers. 

With so many options available, you’re sure to find a skin care regimen that’s right for you.  Schedule a consultation to discover your glow! Call (610) 685-2575 to get the conversation started. 


Can I get laser skin resurfacing after a chemical peel?

We strongly advise that you avoid injectables, facials, facial hair removal, laser treatments and microdermabrasion until peeling completely subsides. Please consult an expert aesthetician or your dedicated dermatologist before seeking to combine any medical-grade skin care treatments or products. 

How long does it take to recover from laser skin resurfacing?

It will take about 2-3 weeks to completely recover from your laser skin resurfacing session. During this time, it is very important that you protect yourself from the sun. Wear broadspectrum sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher every time you go outside—even on a cloudy day. Your skin will be especially sensitive to light while you recover. 


  1. Mangat, D., Tansavatdi, K., & Garlich, P. (2011). Current Chemical Peels and Other Resurfacing Techniques. Facial Plastic Surgery, 27(01), 035-049. doi:10.1055/s-0030-1270422
  2. Neaman, K. C., Baca, M. E., Piazza, R. C., Vanderwoude, D. L., & Renucci, J. D. (2010). Outcomes of Fractional CO2 Laser Application in Aesthetic Surgery: A Retrospective Review. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 30(6), 845–852. doi: 10.1177/1090820×10386930 
  3. Vemula, S., Maymone, M. B., Secemsky, E. A., Widjajahakim, R., Patzelt, N. M., Saade, D., & Vashi, N. A. (2018). Assessing the safety of superficial chemical peels in darker skin: A retrospective study. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 79(3). doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2018.02.064
  4. Ortiz, A. E., Tremaine, A. M., & Zachary, C. B. (2010). Long-term efficacy of a fractional resurfacing device. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 42(2), 168–170. 

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