Chemical peels can safely and successfully address a broad range of common aesthetic issues. Whether you have age spots, melasma, enlarged pores, mild to moderate acne scarring or unwanted freckles, this could be the right procedure for you.
During a chemical peel, the provider will create a modest amount of controlled skin damage in order to effectively slough away unhealthy layers of skin. As the treated area heals, you’ll gain a brighter and more vibrant complexion with fewer blemishes and fine lines.
How Chemical Peels Are Performed
A chemical peel is a relatively quick, in-office procedure. At the start of your appointment, the provider may clean your skin to strip away dirt and oils at the surface level.
One or more acidic solutions will then be applied to the face and left for a few minutes. These solutions are formulated to gently erode away old skin cells and damaged skin layers. The longer that they are left on the dermis; the deeper the peel will invariably be.
Deep chemical peels are performed on people who have serious skin issues such as moderate to severe scarring and facial pitting. Issues such as enlarged pores, mild dark spots and freckles, however, can usually be resolved with shorter and more superficial peels.
What to Expect After a Chemical Peel
This procedure may leave the treated area red, discolored and slightly uncomfortable. Direct sun exposure should be avoided entirely while the skin heals and a good sunblock must be worn at all times.
During the formative stages of the recovery process, noticeable peeling may occur, however, you should not attempt to exfoliate the skin to expedite this process. It is far better to the let this dry dermis slough away on its own.
As the damaged areas heal, you will start to see a brighter and much healthier-looking complexion. Fine lines, dark spots, enlarged pores and even pitted acne scars will be less noticeable. Additionally, the skin will be smoother and more even overall.
Increased Collagen Production
As people grow older, natural collagen production or collagenases starts to decline. Collagen is what gives the skin its plump, youthful appearance and it is a very vital part of natural skin repair. One of the major benefits of receiving a chemical peel is the fact that this procedure triggers a marked increase in collagen production.
Thus, not only will you see a rapid improvement in the texture and tone of your skin, but you can also look forward to a much more vibrant and healthy-looking complexion.
Conditions That Chemical Peels Cannot Treat
Although chemical peels can be an effective solution to some of the early and more moderate signs of aging, they do not have any considerable impact on sagging skin, skin bulges or deep facial creases. Severe facial wrinkling and major signs of lost elasticity are best resolved with other cosmetic procedures. When issues like these exist, we can recommend a variety of alternative treatments.
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