Chemical peels aren’t as gross as they sound. Chemical peels done right can greatly improve your facial skin texture by removing the outer layers of skin and revealing the healthy young skin underneath. A chemical peel is a treatment that causes your old, dead skin to shed off the way that reptiles shed their skin. Underneath that peel will be refreshed, younger looking skin.
The basis of a chemical peel is damaging the skin in a controlled manner. The depth range of the damage is dependent on the type of peel done. There’s the glycolic acid peel and the phenol peel. The glycolic acid peel is typically used for most surface level peels by removing the top layer of dead cells on your skin. The phenol peel is the stronger of the two peels. If you have very deep wrinkles and aged skin then this is the peel we would recommend for you. This peel goes deeper than the glycolic acid peel and targets the epidermis to make sure that those deep wrinkles are removed.
Through a variety of chemical solutions that are customized for each patient’s needs, the peel is applied to the treatment area, which will produce controlled tissue death. Sometimes, a peel is done in conjunction with other procedures such as a microdermabrasion and laser skin procedures. When done correctly, a chemical peel can correct facial blemishes such as acne scars, smooth wrinkles and other texture issues, and treat uneven skin pigmentation. Peels can also be used to remove precancerous growths. We say “done correctly” because there are over the counter products, but they won’t have the same results because they don’t damage the skin. Also, when getting a chemical peel or any other cosmetic procedure, be sure to use a licensed physician because using an unlicensed physician could lead to some very unwanted results.
Recovery time depends on what kind of peel was done and how deep it was. With the phenol peel, the recuperation time for that is significantly longer than that of the glycolic peel. With all types of peels, proper care of the skin after the peel is very important to speed healing, help results last longer, prevent infection and avoid color changes in the treated area caused by sun exposure. After the peel your skin is extremely sensitive, so protecting yourself from sunlight with sunscreen is of the utmost importance. For more information about chemical peels, contact any of our Center for Skin locations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. We can ease your mind by walking you through the entire chemical peel process and answer any questions you may have. If you’re ready for a younger looking you, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule a consultation.