Exfoliation is a vital skin process that removes the outermost layers of dead, dry skin cells to reveal fresher, younger skin underneath. Chemical peels are a proven method of exfoliation that can be customized to your precise needs. Despite the addition of many other exfoliation treatments today, chemical peels continue to be a top choice for patients that are looking for safety, consistent results and the ability to tailor the depth of the exfoliation to the amount of correction they want.
These peels use a chemical formulation to loosen the outermost skin layers. The solution is applied to the face and left on for a prescribed period before it is removed. Some peels allow you to see a fresher complexion right away, while others require a few days of peeling and flaking before your new look is revealed.
Chemical Peel Benefits
Depending on the depth of the peel you select, your treatment can address the following concerns:
- Fine lines
- Pigmentation irregularities
- Shallow scarring
- Rough skin texture
- Uneven skin tone
- Signs of sun damage
Our doctors and staff will take the time to assess your skin before treatment to determine whether a chemical peel might meet your needs best. With a variety of peel options to choose from, he will also be able to customize your procedure to your skin type, tone and concerns.
Options in Chemical Peels
Chemical peels come in three basic types, which allows us to address a broad range of patient needs:
Also known as light or lunchtime peels, these chemical solutions usually contain active ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid. The primary purpose of a superficial peel is to refresh the skin and restore your healthy glow. The treatment may also minimize the appearance of minor skin blemishes. This therapy is mild enough to repeat at regular intervals, which is recommended to prolong the positive results.
Medium peels work a bit deeper into the dermal layers to create a rejuvenated appearance that is more noticeable and long-lasting. Common active ingredients in these peels include trichloroacetic acid (TCA), glycolic acid (in higher concentrations than a superficial peel), and Jessner’s solution. These procedures do involve some flaking and peeling, and you may want to stay out of the public eye for a few days until your skin fully heals.
Phenol peels or deep peels are designed to be used only once and produce intense, long-lasting results that will endure for many years. Deep peels are reserved for the most severe signs of skin damage and aging, from deep creases to significant pigmentation irregularities. A deep peel must be performed using anesthesia and recovery time may take up to two weeks. Their use should be restricted to experienced surgeons since the risks for side effects and complications are higher than with other peels.
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