Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Microchanneling, and Hydrafacials: What are these skin treatments and how do I know which one to choose?

Whether you desire to live foundation free or want to improve your starting point, there are several treatment options to rejuvenate your skin. Whether it’s sun damage, acne scars, or fine lines and wrinkles, there is a healing solution for you. But with so many options, how do you know what is right for your complexion? Below is a summary of several treatment options along with our expert recommendations.

Chemical Peels

While the name might sound harsh, a chemical peel is a very gentle procedure with very few side effects or risks. It’s a technique used to improve the skin’s appearance on the face, neck, or hands. A mild solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off, hence the name. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old top layer of skin.

Chemical peels are great to roll back sun damage evidence such as fine lines, freckles, sun spots, and uneven skin tone. Chemical peels can also help treat and prevent acne, brighten your skin, and soften your face. After a peel, the new top layer of skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to moisturize regularly and apply sunscreen to keep the glowing effects of your peel lasting for weeks.


Microchanneling is the latest in treatment option development from microneedling technology. Microneedling was developed off the principles of acupuncture and was introduced in the mid-1990s as the original form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). It’s a wonderful treatment option to rejuvenate your skin and combat scarring, stretch marks, enlarged pores, and to improve overall skin texture. However, the roller pen that is often used in microneedling could also cause harm to the skin with micro-sized tears as it was dragged across the skin

We do not offer microneedling at The Aesthetics Center, but rather, as mentioned above, the much-needed upgrade to this technology called microchanneling. During a microchanneling treatment the enhanced device is used in a “stamping” technique rather than a rolling one to eliminate the potential for any tearing of the skin.

Most patients are free to resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. They also find that, after treatments, their skin is much smoother and more receptive to makeup applications, skincare routines, and other procedures. We usually recommend a series of three to six procedures over the course of several weeks to help deliver long-lasting improvements.


Microdermabrasion utilizes a special machine to apply a DIAMOND tip to the surface of the skin on your face or neck. This process exfoliates the skin to remove dead cells, resulting in a smoother skin texture. It’s a great treatment to reduce the appearance of scars, discoloration, rosacea, wrinkles, fine lines, and other related concerns. This minimally invasive treatment is painless and will leave you with more even-toned, youthful looking skin.


The new buzz word in aesthetic circles is the term “hydrafacial.” It combines two aesthetic standard treatments: dermabrasion and a very light chemical peel. A hydrafacial utilizes a slight twist on how the exfoliation is done – by using water and suction instead of crystals in its technology. But the water does not produce any better exfoliating results than the diamond tipped device used in microdermabrasion. If a peel is to be included, a different tip is placed on the machine and very light, generic chemical peel solution is applied to the face, then immediately removed. This light peel is so gentle that most clients will not see any peeling at all. When done regularly, hydrafacials will cause improvement in all skin issues with time, but your wallet will suffer. Finally, there is no medical education, advanced training, or license required to purchase the machine or perform the treatments. So unfortunately we have to caution with a little buyer beware, as a nail or hair salon could offer this treatment option.

At The Aesthetic Center by Medical Associates, we have chosen not to offer hydrafacials for a few reasons. Our main one being that we feel the hydrafacial is brilliantly marketed, but overpriced. We can do much better for you while also saving you money. Our expertly-trained staff offers medical-grade peels (with or without microdermabrasion), which we can customize based on your specific complexion needs. Our patients get better results for a lower price.

Trying a skin treatment for the first time can be a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The same providers you trust with your healthcare are now available to take care of all your aesthetic needs. The Aesthetic Center staff is comprised of board certified Medical Associates physicians, a nurse practitioner, and aesthetic technicians who are all specially trained in the services we offer. Your initial consultation is always complimentary and gives you an opportunity to meet our staff, ask questions, and find out which treatment options will best suit your individual needs. Call 563-584-3444 to schedule your free consultation today!

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