Changes in your skin tone and texture are inevitable over time. Sun damage, aging, stress, and numerous other factors can take a toll on your skin, causing it to appear dull, tired, and rough. You may also notice the onset of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and lower face. As these changes emerge, you might consider a chemical peel to refresh your skin and restore that youthful glow in your appearance.
Chemical peels are popular procedures, because they are non-surgical and highly effective for a wide range of skin types. In fact, light and medium depth peels can usually be performed in under an hour and have minimal side effects. However, deep chemical peels are much more intensive procedures requiring a hospital stay and prolonged recovery. With Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care, you can discover whether a chemical peel is right for your skin and learn which treatment will produce your desired effects.
What to Expect
The exact steps of your chemical peel will vary depending on the agent used for the peel and the depth of the peel. Most procedures performed at Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care are light to medium depth peels. Peeling agents may include alphahydroxy, betahydroxy, salicylic, glycolic, lactic, malic, retinoic and/or trichloracetic acids. Each can yield different overall effects, but the general process is the same.
The peel agent is applied to the skin, and then the top layers of skin are shed away. This reveals smoother layers of skin below and allows skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin. Thus, you can achieve more effective moisturization and nourishment from your skincare routine following a chemical peel. Additionally, a chemical peel will trigger your body’s own natural healing response. Oxygen-rich blood will flow to the face, promoting cell regeneration. Collagen production may also be kickstarted with a chemical peel. As a result, the skin will appear smoother and healthier over time.
You may see results after just one treatment, but Dr. Kay will likely recommend a series of peels spaced out over several weeks. Maintenance peels after 6-8 months may also be beneficial for a continued improvement in skin tone and texture.
Downtime and Recovery
Downtime for a lunchtime peel, or light chemical peel, is minimal. Your skin may feel sensitive for a few days following treatment, and you will need to be careful to avoid sun exposure and harsh skincare products, such as astringents or any acidic cleansers. With a medium depth peel, you may see more redness and inflammation after treatment. However, your routine will not likely be significantly disrupted. Deeper chemical peels require much lengthier recovery times and special skincare post-peel. However, the results from these types of peels are much more dramatic.
If you are looking to treat fine lines, skin discoloration, rough skin texture, and scars, a chemical peel can help. Prior to your peel, Dr. Kay and the team at Perfection will assess your skin type and concerns and recommend the right peel for your needs. Ideal candidates for a chemical peel are non-smokers in relatively good health. There is no age limit for treatment with chemical peels, and they are suitable for both men and women.