Chemical Peel

Having healthy, youthful skin is something we all want.  But time, sun exposure, being out in the elements and lifestyle habits do have an adverse affect on the skin’s appearance.

Chemical Peels can help with acne scarring, sun-damaged skin, freckles, irregular or uneven pigmentation, rough skin, fine lines and age spots.  This procedure can be performed in just about location on the body, including the neck, chest, hands, arms, shoulders, legs or face.

What is a Chemical Peel?

A Chemical Peel is a beauty treatment that uses a chemical solution (topically applied) to remove the outer layers of skin on the face to reveal smooth new skin without lines or wrinkles.  Used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin, a Chemical Peel works by using a chemical solution that creates a controlled shedding of several layers of skin.   The regenerated skin is smoother and gives a younger, more vibrant appearance.

Who is a good candidate for a Chemical Peel?

Whether or not a Chemical Peel is right for you will depend on the results you want to achieve, and your skin type and skin health.  There are situations where other cosmetic procedures will be better suited to your needs.  A dermatologic surgeon can help you make the decision that is right for you.

What are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?

Chemical Peels can improve the skin’s appearance, because the new skin revealed underneath the exfoliated layers is generally smoother and less wrinkled.  Chemical Peels are frequently used for the treatment of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth
  • Wrinkles caused by aging and sun damage
  • Mild scars
  • Certain types of acne
  • Age spots, freckles, dark patches (melasma)
  • Sun damage
  • Overall improvement in the look and feel of skin

Types of Chemical Peels:

This procedure involves applying a chemical solution to the skin in order to remove its outer layers.  The strength of the solution and how far it penetrates into the skin depend on the desired outcome.

There are 3 different types of Peels: Superficial, Medium and Deep.

Superficial Peel

A superficial or light peel is the gentlest application and is sometimes referred to as a “lunchtime” treatment because there is typically no downtime.  With a superficial peel, only the epidermis – the very top layer of skin – is removed.  The result is skin that is smoother, brighter and more even.  Minor flaking may occur, but other than that the recovery is rapid.  With this type of Peel, a series of treatments over time is recommended in order to achieve the desired result.

Superficial Peels are typically used for fine lines and wrinkles, mild scarring or sun damage, age spots or dry/flaky skin.

Medium Peel

Designed for more dramatic results than a light/superficial peel, Medium Peels penetrate deeper into the skin, sloughing off more layers.  Because they have a stronger potency and target beyond the epidermis and into the upper dermis, Medium Peels also have a longer recovery time and carry more side effects.  There may be swelling, redness and itchiness after a treatment, and it can take up to a week (7 days) for the peeling process to be completed.

Medium Peels are often used to treat sun damage, wrinkles and irregular pigmentation.

Deep Peel

Deep Peels are the strongest types of peels available and produce the most dramatic and longest-lasting results.  But they also have more significant side effects and a longer recovery time.  Deep Peels target the dermal or the deepest layers of the skin.  It may be necessary to have anesthesia administered during a Deep Peel, to reduce the sensation and discomfort.  After a Deep Peel, skin may look and feel like it is sunburnt and may also be swollen or blistered.  Scabbing will occur and it takes approximately 1 to 3 weeks for all of the layers of skin to peel.

A Deep Peel is often used to treat deep lines and wrinkles, and more significant sun damage or scarring.