What is Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to skin to peel away the top layers. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel is smoother and younger looking. Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles, skin discoloration and scars — typically on the face. A chemical peel can be done alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures. Chemical peels can be done at different depths — light, medium or deep — depending on your desired results. Each type of chemical peel uses a different chemical solution. Deeper chemical peels produce more-dramatic results, but also involve longer recovery times.
Is Chemical Peel for me?
Chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons – to enhance your appearance and self-confidence – but it may also be recommended to remove pre-cancerous skin growths or soften acne facial scars.
Chemical peel is a good option if you:
Are physically healthy
Have mild, moderate or severe degree of facial aging
Have skin growths and/or acne facial scars
Have specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance.
What To Expect?
The results from your chemical peel depend on the peel treatment used:
AHA (superficial) peels produce improvements to the skin that may be very subtle at first. You may first notice a healthier glow to your skin, and with continued treatments, you will notice a general improvement in the texture of your skin.
TCA (medium) peels result in skin that will be noticeably smoother and fresher looking. However, results from a TCA peel are usually not as long-lasting as those of phenol peel.
Phenol (intermediate to deep) peels lead to dramatic improvement in the surface of your skin – fewer fine wrinkles, fewer blemishes and more even-toned skin. Your results will be long-lasting, although not resistant to the effects of aging and sun exposure. Life-long sun protection is key to maintaining your results.