A chemical peel is a chemical solution that is applied on the skin to improve texture and eliminate damaged outer-layer skin. Though generally applied on facial skin, chemical peels can be applied on other areas as well.
The procedure is a non-invasive way to boost the appearance of one’s skin. It is very beneficial for people who have skin that has been damaged by sun exposure, acne, injury, or age.
Some of the skin problems that can be treated with a chemical peel include fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, liver spots, acne, sun damage, scars, and acne scars.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are three types of chemical peel treatments:
• Superficial/Lunchtime Peel: Here, a mild acid such as alpha-hydroxy acid is applied on the skin to penetrate the outer layer and exfoliate. This treatment is mainly carried out as a way to improve the look of the skin. Issues such as rough skin and discoloration can be treated using a superficial peel. The peel can be applied on the neck, chest, hands, and face.
• Medium Peel: A medium peel involves using trichloroacetic acid, which is applied in a way as to penetrate the middle and outer layers. The primary purpose of the treatment is to eliminate dead skin cells. This helps cure problems such as wrinkles, fine lines, moderate discoloration, freckles, and age spots. A medium peel is also used to treat pre-cancerous skin lesions and smooth out rough skin.
• Deep Peel: Here, phenol or trichloroacetic acid is used to penetrate the middle layer of skin. The objective is to clear out damaged skin cells. The peel removes shallow scars, age spots, moderate lines, and freckles. The results from this peel treatment are quite significant. However, the treatment can be done only once and is limited to facial skin.
Who Can Get a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are ideally offered to people with fair skin. However, it is possible to treat slightly darker skin as well. It is also important that the candidate be a non-smoker. Other than that, anybody who wants to improve the appearance of their skin and has realistic expectations can come in for a chemical peel treatment.
Good physical health is a major requirement. The patient must be free from any active skin conditions. Another important requirement is that the patient not be on Accutane, a medication used to treat acne. They are required to have not taken the medication for at least a year and a half.
Patients with a family history of cardiac conditions are advised not to undergo a chemical peel treatment, especially a deep peel treatment.
Recovery After a Chemical Peel
Recovery depends on the actual type of chemical peel treatment. A superficial peel will require a few days or a week at most to heal, while a deep peel might take more than a couple of weeks. Medium peels generally take about a week or more.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Anita Gill, an experienced dermatologist with numerous satisfied patients, will be happy to tell you more about chemical peels during the course of a consultation. Dr. Gill is committed to helping you achieve your beauty goals in a way that is both safe and comfortable. To arrange a consultation, contact our office today.