What You Need to Know About Chemical Peels

Chemical peels have been helping people look more youthful, vibrant and healthy for decades. If you have brown spots or fine wrinkles you want to get rid of, then a chemical peel may be right for you. A chemical peel uses a solution that soaks into the skin and causes the skin to peel. New, fresh skin will grow in its place.

Why a Chemical Peel Will Benefit You

Chemical peels can remove the signs of aging and imperfections in your skin. The regenerative process can be useful to anyone who feelsto benefit from having fresher, softer skin. It will not just enhance your appearance, it will improve your self-esteem, too. After the procedure, your skin will look more rejuvenated.

Types of Chemical Peels

There are three main types of chemical peels: superficial chemical peels, medium depth chemical peels, and deep chemical peels. The substances used in the procedure, which are called exfoliating agents, are combined in different ways to form varying solutions. In general, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery, the higher the possible risks, but the greater the benefit that can be achieved. Medium depth peels are hence the most commonly performed peels in our practice.

The peel chosen depends on the level of penetration one wants. The level of penetration changes according to the concentration of acid in the agents, the number of times the peel is applied to your skin and the amount of time it takes for the acid to neutralize. The three types of chemical peels are listed below.

Superficial Chemical Peels

Do you think you would benefit from a chemical peel but only have moderate skin imperfections? The superficial depth peel may be right for you. It can be used on all skin types and has no recovery time. The superficial peel uses a mild acid to peel away unwanted skin. This procedure uses glycolic acid and sometimes dry ice to treat acne and rosacea. You may combine a superficial peel with microdermabrasion or facials, depending on your needs.

Medium Depth Chemical Peels

Medium depth chemical peels are good at treating mild wrinkles and sun spots and improving skin texture. Medium depth peels usually use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to induce peeling and require three to five days of recovery time. Although they penetrate the skin deeply, they cause little discomfort.

Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels use the chemical phenol to penetrate the face and peel skin. They are not recommended for darker skin types, since they bleach the skin. For optimal comfort, the patient undergoing this peel is sedated or even under general anesthesia. Since it penetrates the skin so deeply, the deep peel is great at reducing wrinkles and eliminating other signs of aging. However, due to the need of sedation and other possible risks, they are the least commonly performed chemical peels.

Who Can Get Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can be done on people of many ages and skin types. If you want to tighten, refresh and rejuvenate your skin, a chemical peel may be the procedure for you. Please Call us and we will be happy to help you decide which chemical peel is best for you.