First, what exactly is a Micropeel? It’s short for Micro Laser Peel. The reason it’s a “micro” peel is because it goes a few microns (micrometers) into the skin. The skin is nearly 200 microns thick, so this means a micro laser peel is a medium-depth peel, requiring something less than a week to heal.
Why is it so great? Most superficial to medium depth peels are done with chemicals such as glycolic acid or trichloracetic acid (TCA). The depth of the peel is controlled by how strong the solution is, and by how long it is applied for. But with a micro laser peel, I can literally “dial in” the depth using the erbium laser. I can remove skin at a depth as superficial as 4 microns, up to any depth I want. So what does that mean for you?
If you want to remove some of the superficial wrinkles and discoloration from your skin, a micro laser peel is a great way to do that. Downtime, i.e. how long you’ll be red and peeling, is determined by the depth of the peel. Just have a long weekend? Get a medium-depth peel. Want more impact from your peel? You can either get one deep peel, or two or more superficial peels.
The peel itself has some minor discomfort, but a coating of topical anesthetic half an hour beforehand means you won’t feel any actual pain. Most patients do experience an intense sunburn-like sensation immediately afterward, which only lasts 10-20 minutes. Ibuprofen and tylenol generally take away the worst of the discomfort. After that, gentle cleanser and a heavy moisturizer are all that’s needed for the next 3-4 days until your skin stops flaking. The best part is afterward- micropeels give your skin a great refreshed glow, really brightening up dull skin.
Have you ever had a chemical peel or laser peel?