Chemical peels are skin resurfacing procedures that involve the application of a mild acidic solution to the face or other areas of the skin in order to remove the upper layers of the skin. As a result, new, smoother, healthier skin will grow in its place. Our facial cosmetics office uses chemical peels to treat wrinkles, discoloration, scars, and other skin conditions.
How Does a Chemical Peel Benefit You?
There are times when skin irregularities require more exfoliation than can be provided by a topical cream. The use of chemical peels is a nonsurgical, less invasive method of improving your appearance. As a result of the use of slightly acidic substances to remove damaged and dead skin cells, the skin that grows back will appear smoother, firmer, and healthier. Chemical peels are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions. Some of these include:
- Enlarged Pores
Are There Different Types of Chemical Peels?
There are three different types of chemical peels based on how deeply the skin cells are removed. Each type has its own characteristics:
- Light: Also called a superficial peel or “lunchtime peel,” this treatment only affects the outermost layer of the skin. For the face, neck, chest, and hands, it is mostly used as a refresher every few weeks. A mild acid is used, and the treated areas will heal within a few days.
- Medium: Medium chemical peels penetrate deeper into the skin, providing a more permanent result. It is ideal for smoothing wrinkles, removing acne scars, and repairing hyperpigmentation. It can take up to two weeks for the body to fully recover from the treatment.
- Deep: The most coarse treatment is reserved for patients who have the most damage. Deep peels are reserved for deep wrinkles, scars, and even precancerous growths. As a result of their intensity, only one is required to achieve the full effect. This procedure has a longer recovery period, but it produces dramatic results.
What Is the Process of a Chemical Peel?
Each type of chemical peel follows the same basic process, with some slight variations depending on the intensity. In most cases, anesthesia is not used during the treatment, but it may be considered.
Our first step will be to thoroughly clean your face and protect your eyes with goggles. A brush is then used to apply the chemical solution to the treated area. As the acids work, you may feel a mild stinging sensation. In order to neutralize the infection, the area is washed with water and a saline compress is applied.
As the treated area heals, you will experience red, tender skin. Keep the treated area protected from the sun by wearing sunscreen. Most patients heal within a few days, but some take longer. You will receive full aftercare instructions from our team.
Chemical peels are a safe, proven, and effective way to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. Our facial cosmetics office can use them to improve your skin’s appearance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation if you have questions about chemical peels or believe they might be able to provide you with the results you desire.