Chemical peels, also known as chemexfoliation or derma peeling, are cosmetic procedures that use a chemical applied on the surface of the skin to cause the skin to peel off, so that new skin can grow to replace it. The new skin is smoother and less wrinkled. Chemical peels are among the least invasive techniques of improving the appearance of your skin.
Chemical peels are often done on the face, but they can also be applied to the hands and the neck area. There are different types of chemical peels that can be used depending on the type of your skin.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are different kinds of peels available, and they come in various strengths. These are:
Our staff will work with you to determine the most effective type of chemical peel for your skin. We’ll recommend the best chemical peel for your needs based on your skin type and the concerns you’d like to address.
Conditions Treated by Chemical Peels
The following types of skin conditions can be treated using chemical peels:
- Certain types of acne
- Wrinkles caused by aging or sun damage
- Improving the appearance of mild scars
- Reducing fine lines around the mouth and under the eyes
- Age spots, dark patches (melasma) and freckles
- The look and feel of skin with a dull color and texture
Preparing for a Chemical Peel Procedure
Before you undergo treatment, you need to inform us if you have a history of recurrent cold sores, scarring or facial X-rays. We may suggest that you avoid taking certain types of drugs and to prepare your skin by taking certain medications. If you smoke, you need to stop smoking several weeks before the procedure. You will also work with your specialist to determine the depth of the peels depending on the condition of your skin and aim of treatment.
The Chemical Peel Procedure
The treatment is done on an outpatient basis in our office. Before the treatment begins, your skin will be cleaned thoroughly then a chemical such as salicylic, trichloroacetic, or carbolic acid will be applied in areas of your skin. This creates a controlled wound on the skin and lets new skin grow to replace the old one. You may feel slight burning sensation on the skin after five to ten minutes followed by a stinging sensation. Applying a cold compress will often ease the stinging. You may also need pain killers during or after the procedure.
What to Expect
Depending on the type of procedure, your skin may produce a reaction similar to a sunburn. Also, redness and scaling of the skin often accompanies chemexfoliation and may last from three to seven days. If it was the mild procedure, it might be repeated in an interval between one and four weeks until the needed results are obtained. After the medium or deep procedure, swelling, blisters that may break, turn brown, crust or peel off may occur and last between one and two weeks. The wound may require bandages to be put on part or all of the skin area that was peeled, and these may be removed after several days.
Benefits of a Chemical Peel
A chemical peel can give you more youthful skin with a texture and uniform color that blends with the untreated areas of your skin. If you have acne, mild scars, wrinkles due to sun damage or aging, and you have realistic expectations, a chemical peel will give you the kind of skin that you have always longed for. Contact SeaMist MedSpa today to schedule your consultation.