Chemical peels are a relatively non-invasive way to renew the appearance and overall vitality of your skin. Also known as chemical exfoliation, this process entails the controlled damage of surface skin to promote the growth of new and healthy skin cells. While these procedures are most commonly used on the face, they can also be applied to the back and neck.
The Benefits of a Chemical Peel
People can obtain a chemical peel to eliminate the early signs of aging, moderate to severe acne scarring and various forms of photo damage. Sun spots, freckles, fine lines, melasma and even precancerous lesions can all be successfully addressed through these procedures. After damaged skin cells have been removed and new skin cells have been formed, the complexion will be smoother, brighter and more even. People can look forward to increased confidence, a lesser reliance upon heavy cover-ups and greatly improved appearances overall. Moreover, with diligent skin care and good sun protection, the results of a chemical peel can last for several years.
What to Expect during This Treatment
During a chemical peel, the eyes and hair will be protected. The skin will be cleaned of all excess oils, dirt and debris to ensure optimal results. One or more chemicals will then be applied to the face including salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, carbolic acid or trichloroacetic acid. The goal is to produce a controlled wound that will heal over with brand new, healthy skin cells. Patients will usually feel a warm sensation over the treated area that lasts approximately five to ten minutes.
After a chemical peel has been performed, patients typically experience a reaction that is not unlike that of a moderate sunburn. For three to seven days, the skin can peel or scale, causing redness, minor blisters and some inflammation. Water blisters will usually crust over within one to two weeks before the resulting scabs fall off on their own. It is important for patients to minimize sun exposure throughout the recovery process, given that the newly developed skin will be fragile during this time. Blisters and other, similar developments are most common after medium-depth and deeper peels. Superficial peels are usually followed by minor redness and moderate peeling and swelling.
Establishing a Skin Care Program
Deeper chemical peels entail a greater degree of controlled injury to the targeted site in order to address more severe forms of skin damage, such as deep or pitted acne scars. These deeper peels are typically performed just once given that a single treatment is usually sufficient for producing the desired changes. In most instances, however, a superficial chemical peel can be performed over several visits that span across several months. These treatments require shorter recovery periods, are less invasive than deeper peels and can produce equally impressive results.
If you’re interested in a chemical peel, our medical team at Facial Aesthetic Concepts can help. During your consultation, we’ll address your aesthetic concerns, and we can customize a chemical peel to your needs. Contact Facial Aesthetic Concepts today to schedule your consultation.