If you are a fan of Sex and the City, you may assume all peels, and their associated recovery, are similar to the one that Samantha underwent before a big event.
However, this is a common misconception and not all peels are created equal.
That’s why it’s so important to have the facts about chemical peels in order to determine which type of treatment is right for your needs and goals.
Continue reading for everything you need to know about chemical peels, including how they work, peel types, treatment indications, and expected downtime.
What Are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that relies on different peeling agents, including glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and trichloroacetic acid, to improve skin tone and texture.
They are an ideal option for women and men who want to refresh their complexion and appearance without surgery, lasers, energy-based devices, or injectables.
How Do Chemical Peels Enhance Skin Tone and Texture?
During a chemical peel, an acid-based solution is applied to the skin of the face, neck, décolletage, hands, or body. Depending on the type of acid and its percentage, the peel will penetrate different layers of skin and exfoliate dead skin cells. This promotes cellular renewal and replaces damaged tissue with new, healthy skin.
What Concerns Can Chemical Peels Address?
Chemical peels can treat almost any skin concern, including but not limited to:
- Fine lines
- Acne scars
- Sun spots
- Age spots
- Enlarged pores
- Skin congestion
Light, Medium, or Deep – Which Peel is Right for Me?
Medium and deep peels are able to target and heal the collagen-rich dermis, following one or two treatments.
And while they offer more dramatic repair and rejuvenation, these types of chemical peels often result in seven-to-14 days of recovery.
On the other hand, light chemical peels can be completed within 20 minutes and target only the surface of the skin.
Accordingly, they don’t require any downtime, and skin fully heals within three-to-seven days. For optimal outcomes, most patients need a series of light peel treatments.
Want to Learn More About Chemical Peels?
If you are considering a chemical peel, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented providers.