A glycolic peel creates controlled damage at the surface layer of the skin through the timed application of a chemical solution. This relatively non-invasive procedure is used to create a smoother, younger-looking complexion without cutting or other surgical efforts. As old, damaged skin cells are sloughed away, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, acne scars and other blemishes will abate. Just a single peel can create bright, vibrant skin with marked improvements in both tone and texture.
How Glycolic Peels Works
Chemical peels are performed with a number of different products. With a glycolic peel, the provider will be applying glycolic acid, which is commonly used in wrinkle and acne treatments. Part of the alpha hydroxyl family, glycolic acid is a fruit acid that is naturally derived from sugar cane.
When placed on the topmost layers of the dermis, this acid quickly breaks down the dry, rough skin cells that are detracting from the appearance of the skin and contributing to issues such as superficial acne scars, wrinkles and dark spots among other things.
This method of controlled damage not only eliminates the skin cells that are contributing to a dull and uneven complexion, but it also stimulates increased collagen production and the faster regeneration of new, healthy skin cells. As your skin heals, you’ll have smoother and more even-toned skin as well as a bright and ruddy complexion.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
Before your glycolic acid peel is performed, we will conduct a thorough review of the targeted area in order to gauge the severity of your cosmetic issues. In many instances, a single glycolic peel is not sufficient for producing optimal results. Fortunately, these treatments can be safely repeated every few months.
Most people need a few peels to reach their cosmetic goals. During your consultation appointment, you’ll be given specific steps for caring for your skin both before and after your peel is performed as well as a detailed treatment plan.
Glycolic Peels Have Minimal Side Effects
The controlled damage that this procedure creates is very light and thus, few side effects and minimal recovery time can be expected. Activities that cause the body to sweat profusely may need to be avoided after a glycolic peel has been performed.
What to Expect After a Glycolic Peel
Peeling of the surface skin is normal after these procedures. We will provide you with instructions to ensure your skin is maintained. A hydrating moisturizer may need to be applied daily to expedite the healing process and protect your skin. It is additionally important to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and to wear an appropriate sunblock when going out.
Contact The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery today to schedule your appointment and see if a glycolic peel will benefit you.