Changes in your skin's texture is just one of the three aspects of facial aging that combine to make us look older (the other two being droopy skin and volume loss). Skin texture changes can include a number of things, depending on your genetics and lifestyle, including wrinkles, scarring, and sun damage. One method of combatting these skin texture changes is through a chemical peel. These treatments come in a number of types and strengths.
A chemical peel consists of a carefully formulated solution that is applied to your skin, which then removes the damaged outer layers to reveal the younger, more revitalized layers underneath. Whether or not your skin actually "peels" after treatment will depend on the client, and on the strength and formulation of the peel you select.
These treatments are a minimally invasive way to correct skin texture changes. There are a variety of chemical peels offered in our office, ranging from quick and easy with no downtime and slight results, to more dramatic peels that require downtime at home. This variety allows the surgeon or esthetician to control the level of penetration, giving you the exact level of treatment you need.
There are a number of potential benefits in regards to skin texture that can come from a chemical peel. You can reduce the appearance of fine lines, reduce hyperpigmentation, age spots, or liver spots, reduce acne scarring, even out the skin tone, remove rough patches on the skin, and reduce the appearance of existing acne. The best results from chemical peels come from doing a series of peels, spaced about four to six weeks apart.
Chemical peels may not be appropriate for clients with very dark skin, those prone to hyperpigmentation, or those with facial warts. Your surgeon or esthetician will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for a chemical peel.
The peel itself can take just a few minutes or an hour, depending on the depth of treatment. For the more common mild peels, the esthetician will clean your skin, apply the solution and let it sit for the indicated period of time, apply a neutralizer, and then apply a moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. After a chemical peel, you will need to wear sunscreen or stay out of the sun for a few days. You may experience a mild stinging sensation, and some peeling of the skin on your face.