A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a mild acidic solution is applied to the face or another area of the skin to remove the top layers. This allows new, smoother, healthier skin to grow back in its place. At Timeless Beauty, we use chemical peels to treat wrinkles, discoloration, scars, and more.
What Are the Benefits To A Chemical Peel?
Sometimes, skin irregularities need more exfoliation to treat than a topical cream can provide. Chemical peels are a nonsurgical, less invasive way to improve your appearance. By using slightly acidic substances to remove damaged and dead cells, the skin that grows back will appear smoother, firmer, and healthier.
Chemical peels can help address a number of skin conditions. These include:
- Enlarged Pores
What Are the Types of Chemical Peels?
The three different types of chemical peels are distinguished by how deep the removal of skin cells is. There are three kinds, each with distinct attributes:
- Light – Also known as a superficial or “lunchtime” peel, this treatment only affects the outermost layer of the skin. It is mostly used as a refresher, applied every few weeks to rejuvenate the face, neck, chest, or hands. The acid used is very mild, and the treated areas will heal within a few days.
- Medium – Medium chemical peels penetrate more layers of skin, and as such are used for more permanent results. They are ideal to smooth out wrinkles, get rid of acne scars, and repair hyperpigmentation. The trade-off is that it can take up to two weeks to heal fully from the treatment.
- Deep – These treatments are the most coarse, and are reserved for patients with the most damage. Deep peels are reserved for deep-set wrinkles, scars, or even precancerous growths. Due to their intensity, only one is needed for the full effect. The recovery period for this procedure is longer, but the results are dramatic.
What Can I Expect During A Chemical Peel?
All three types of chemical peel have the same basic process, with some slight differences depending on the intensity. Anesthesia is not normally used during the treatment, although it may be considered.
We will begin by thoroughly cleaning your face and covering your eyes with goggles to protect them. Afterwards, a brush is used to apply the chemical solution to the area being treated. You may feel a mild stinging sensation while the acids do their work. Then, the area is washed with water and a saline compress is applied to act as a neutralizer.
After the procedure, you will experience red, tender skin as the treated area heals. Limit sun exposure as much as possible, and wear sunscreen on the treated area to protect it. Most of the time, you will heal fully within a few days, but some patients take longer. Our team will provide you with full aftercare instructions.
Chemical peels are a safe, proven, effective way to exfoliate and rejuvenate. At Timeless Beauty, we can use them to help your skin look and feel better. If you have questions about chemical peels or think they may help you get the results you want, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Phone: (773) 488-3738
820 East 87th Street Suite 201
Chicago , IL 60619