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What is Chemical Peel?

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A Chemical peel is one of the most well-known cosmetic procedures which is beneficial to many people nowadays. Chemical peels give your skin a healthy and “refreshed” look.

What do chemical peels do?

17260959 - therapist applying a face mask to the face of a beautiful young blonde woman using a cosmetic brushThe outer layer of the skin (epidermis) is made up of multiple layers of epidermal cells. They cause hindrance to the atmosphere, protecting deeper and thin tissues, which enable an even internal temperature and also avoid dehydration.Epidermal cells are connected together in two ways. Microscopic fibers called tonofilaments run between individual cells. This contributes to putting them together. There is extracellular which surrounds each cell acting as “glue” to further anchoring the cells together. With time, these cells are removed invisibly by the body. This is called exfoliation. Speeding up this procedure can instantly restore a more youthful glow to the skin and address other subtle signs of the aging process.

Microdermabrasion is a process which breaks the tonofilaments through exfoliation but chemical peels work to dissolve the ‘glue’ that keeps dead cells together on the surface of the skin. One of the most frequently asked questions is which procedure is better? The answer is both works well, but neither provides a full exfoliation when used alone. That is why combining both treatments into a regimen can produce better results.


Do you want to consider an in-office chemical peel?

25477501 - alternative practitioner applying a chemical peel to a female patientSimilar to other cosmetic procedures, there is a wide range of chemical compositions, strengths, and methods used that can make it overwhelming to decide which is best for you.Physicians typically show the patient the best type and level of chemical peel to solve the problem and produce satisfactory resultS. What’s pragmatic or not ? What is suitable for yourself? And, what should your doctor do that your aesthetician shouldn’t? Let’s find out.


Advantages of Chemical Peels

  • Chemical peels can reduce discoloration caused by sun damage.
  • They can help to reduce mild scarring.
  • You can experience a reduction or removal of your wrinkles.
  • Chemical peels can remove excessive / stubborn blackheads.
  • They can temporarily reduce excessive skin oils.

Unrealistic Objectives of Chemical Peels

  • It cannot totally remove or reduce the appearance of blood vessels.
  • It is not possible to truly change pore diameter. However, by removing blackheads, the pores may appear less noticeable after treatment.
  • This is not a process to get rid of keloidal scars which are results from excessive tissue repair.
  • Chemical peels are not a facelift.
  • This is typically not suitable for improving skin discoloration in people of color.

portrait of beautiful woman with problem and clean skin, aging and youth concept, beauty treatmentThere is a wide range of different chemicals used for rejuvenation of the skin . This is called the chemical peel treatment. The reason to choose an active agent is based upon the desired depth of the chemical peel whether the skin concern is predominantly superficial, then a less caustic ingredient is chosen. If deeply set conditions exist, then stronger products with matching levels of potential complications may be necessary.Chemical peeling agents that perform mild peels typically give a safer peel that has less associated long-term side effects. These peels work on the epidermis.Deeper peels go into the dermal layer (into the reticular dermis), in most cases leaving a lighter skin tone on a permanent basis. Instead of tanning as compared to the past, this lighter skin very often freckles .These deeper peels should not be assumed to be taken lightly, and in advance you need to ensure that the peel will be feathered into the scalp line and performed down the neck, possibly even the decollettage, or you may notice that you have a highly remarkable line demarcating your original skin tone and the new one that is on the face.


Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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