Chemical peels involve the application of a safe and effective chemical solution that causes the top layers to blister and peel away. During healing, the newer skin beneath gets revealed. Not only do they improve the skin’s appearance, they also address various issues, such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, diminishing some scars, reversing the effects of aging and sun damage, and reducing age spots and freckles. We also use chemical peels to treat some forms of acne and minimize the effects of melasma, which consists of dark patches that appear from taking birth control pills or being pregnant.
The ideal candidate for chemical peels are people with fair complexions and light-colored hair. However, depending on the problem getting treated, they also benefit individuals with darker skin. Although chemical peels work incredibly well for rejuvenating aged and damaged skin, specific issues do not respond well, including severe wrinkles and sagging skin.
Before having this procedure done, you will consult with one of our medical experts to determine if you are taking certain medications or have a history of recurring cold sores, scarring, or facial X-rays. Based on the information shared, we can determine whether you are a good candidate for chemical peels now, sometime in the future, or not at all.
After a chemical peel, you will need approximately five to seven days to recover. However, when undergoing a moderate to heavy treatment, you can expect a more extended recovery period. During the healing phase, you will experience redness and scaling, as though you had a sunburn. For a more aggressive peel, your skin may also swell, blister, and crack. We can perform mild chemical peels every four to six weeks, whereas we can repeat a more aggressive treatment every six to 12 months.
Regardless of the recovery time, it is essential that you avoid a lot of sun exposure since the skin is more sensitive to UV rays. If you do go out in the sun, always apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and limit your time to no more than 30 minutes.
Fortunately, any risk of scarring associated with chemical peels is minor. Once healed, your skin will have a smoother texture; better and more even coloration; and diminished scarring, lines, and wrinkles.
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