Our skin goes through a lot throughout our lives; whether it be sun exposure, environmental damage, aging, or hormones. If you are looking to improve the look of lines, wrinkles, acne, pigmentation, or more, chemical peels are a fantastic option. These peels work to remove the outermost layers of damaged skin to reveal a glowing complexion.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are topical treatments performed to improve the appearance of the skin. While this treatment is most commonly used on the face, it can also be used on the neck and hands. Chemical peels work by removing the damaged outer layers of your skin.
A chemical peel can be used to improve:
- Sun damage
- Some forms of scarring
- Irregular pigmentation
- Irregular pigmentation
- Acne or acne scarring
- And more!
Who is a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
Patients with lighter skin tones who would like to improve the appearance of their complexion can benefit from a chemical peel. Ideal candidates will be overall healthy, with a positive outlook on their results.
Individuals with a naturally dark skin tone, a history of abnormal scarring, who have used certain acne treatments within the last year, or who have skin conditions that make their skin extra sensitive may not be good candidates for a chemical peel. The best way to determine candidacy is to schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists.
What to Expect During a Chemical Peel?
There are three main types of chemical peels, including light, medium, and deep peels. Each of these levels can be used to treat different skin concerns for an improved complexion.
Light Chemical Peels
Light peels consist of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic or lactic acids. Subtle improvements will be noticeable at first, with an increased glow after a number of treatments.
Medium Chemical Peels
During a medium peel, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is used. Patients will notice smoother and rejuvenated skin.
Deep Chemical Peels
Deep peels, or phenol peels, help to treat more severe wrinkles, uneven skin tone, sun damage, and uneven texture. Deep chemical peels produce the most dramatic results, but recovery is the longest.
During your treatment, your skin will first be thoroughly cleaned. Then, the peel of your choice will be applied to your skin. Patients may feel a slight burning sensation once the chemical solution is applied. However, this should dissipate once the peel is removed.
Chemical Peel FAQs
Are chemical peels safe?
When performed by a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, chemical peels are very safe. You should also follow all aftercare instructions carefully to prevent infection or scarring as you heal.
How long do chemical peel side effects last?
After a chemical peel, you can expect redness, tightness, and peeling skin for about 3-5 days. This varies depending on the type of peel you receive.
What are the risks of chemical peels?
Chemical peels are considered safe, but there are some risks to be aware of. These include redness, scabbing, swelling, scarring, changes in pigmentation, or infection.
Can you see results after one chemical peel?
Many patients will see results after a single chemical peel, but a series of treatments is usually recommended to achieve your best possible results.
How often should I get a chemical peel?
The frequency in which you receive chemical peels will depend on the type of peel you receive. Light peels can be repeated once a month, medium peels can be repeated every 4-6 months, and deep peels should only be repeated every few years.
Chemical Peel Recovery
Your recovery will differ depending on the depth of your chemical peel. However, many patients experience redness, and a reaction similar to a sunburn. Peeling will occur as the skin heals, followed by scaling that will end within a week. For medium to deep peels, bandages may be placed on the treated areas of the skin. It is important to avoid the sun for several months following a chemical peel to ensure optimal results. Your dermatologist will provide you with instructions on how to properly care for your skin following a chemical peel for beautiful, long-lasting outcomes.
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If you would like to achieve a glowing, youthful complexion, contact our office today to learn more about chemical peels! Our team will be happy to schedule your consultation with one of our dermatologists as well as answer any questions that you may have.
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