Microneedling vs. Chemical Peels: Which Is Better for Fighting Wrinkles?

When it comes to minimizing the signs of aging, you have a vast array of treatments to choose from. Both microneedling and chemical peels will minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve the appearance of your skin, giving it a fresh, natural rejuvenated appearance. 

Rely on the skill and expertise of aesthetic medicine specialist Dana Brownell, MD, and her team at Westport Medispa to reverse the signs of aging, restore your youthful appearance, and help you achieve your aesthetic goals. We offer a full range of services to help you look and feel your best, including microneedling and chemical peels.

While these two treatments are similar, we use each for different benefits and advantages. In this blog, our experts discuss details about microneedling and chemical peels and how we use each treatment to combat the signs of aging and rejuvenate your skin. 

Chemical peels

Chemical peels improve the appearance of wrinkles by removing the outer layer of old skin. The body then replaces the old skin with new, smoother, healthier looking skin. The substance used in a chemical peel removes a controlled amount of skin cells from the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of skin.

A stronger chemical peel removes skin cells from the dermis, which lies just beneath the epidermis. Chemical peels are best used for superficial damage that doesn’t affect the deeper layers of the skin. Dr. Brownell recommends chemical peels for:

During a chemical peel Dr. Brownell applies the exfoliating acid strategically to your face. After the chemical peel is removed, the outer layer of skin begins sloughing off. This can take 1-2 weeks. Redness is common during this time. After the skin heals, you’re left with noticeably smoother, rejuvenated skin.


While chemical peels are better for fine lines, microneedling can tackle fine lines as well as more pronounced wrinkles. Microneedling is especially useful in addressing perioral wrinkles, which are vertical lines that form around the mouth. Additionally, microneedling can address sun damage, improve scars, and even out your skin tone. 

Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling involves using a roller or pen with tiny needles that creates microabrasions in the skin. This controlled injury process stimulates collagen production and activates a healing process. As you age the collagen levels decrease, contributing to the signs of aging. 

Dr. Brownell enhances this process for optimal results by combining microneedling treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. This involves using platelets that contain powerful growth factors to promote the growth of new skin cells.

Noticeable results

Microneedling and chemical peels are both safe, effective treatments with a high satisfaction rate. The treatment that is right for you will depend on the health of your skin, your aesthetic goals, and the issues you wish to address.

To find out if these or other treatments can help you reach your cosmetic goals, contact our team at Westport MediSpa to schedule your initial consultation. Rejuvenate your skin today!

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