Chemical Peels, “Tried and True”
Chemical Peels have been popular for decades with consistent results. By applying different concentrations and combinations of chemicals on the skin, you can reduce fine lines, brown spots, and improve skin texture and clarity. Chemical peels work and are “tried and true.” The key is to make sure your treatment professional has the knowledge to perform a safe and effective peel. Our facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jess Prischmann, works in close collaboration with our experienced aesthetician, Jillian Anderson, to offer you the best treatment for your needs.
The confusion around chemical peels involves the fact that there are so many different chemicals: glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid, phenol, azelaic acid, phytic acid, mandelic acid just to name a few. With so many options, how do you know which chemical peel is best for you?
Superficial Chemical Peels
Superficial chemical peels have little to no downtime and are great for exfoliating the skin and stimulating cell renewal. They are generally considered safe and effective for all skin types. Superficial peels are great for those with sensitive skin conditions, such as acne or rosacea. When used for anti-aging purposes, a series of 3 to 6 peels is considered ideal. Superficial peels can be combined with facials, microdermabrasion, or dermaplaning.
Medium-depth Chemical Peels
Medium-depth peels have three to five days of downtime and are excellent treatments for mild wrinkles, sun damage and improvement in skin texture. While superficial peels can be performed by most aestheticians (and even at home), medium depth peels should only be performed by trained professionals.
Medium-depth peels can be combined with lightening agents to significantly improve sun spots and freckling. They are also a part of a great strategy to prevent the signs of aging and maintain good skin quality and texture. They can be repeated at various intervals for continued optimal results.
Deep Chemical Peels
Deep chemical peels have seven to ten days of downtime, followed by weeks of erythema (redness). They are extremely effective in reducing wrinkles, eliminating sun damage, and improving skin texture. While the entire recovery process can last for weeks, the results can last for years. Because of the depth of the peel, deep chemical peels should only be performed by doctors specifically trained in their use.
Who is a candidate for peels?
Chemical peels can be used for anti-aging, acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and superficial melasma. A trained professional can help you decide which level of chemical peel is best for you. Factors to consider include expected results, downtime, skin type, history of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and history of cold sores.
What about laser resurfacing or IPL?
Chemical peels can be used with or instead of laser treatments and IPL. The selection of chemical peel versus laser treatment depends on a lot of factors, including sensitivity to chemicals, cost factors, and ultimate goal for the procedure. Because we offer both modalities, we can easily help you decide which procedure is best for you.
If you would like more information on chemical peels, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to talk more about your skin care needs, please contact us today.