A chemical peel is a skincare treatment that can be used to treat a person’s face, neck, and hands. The damaged outer layer of skin is removed with the help of acid solutions such as phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and alpha hydroxy acids (AHA).

As an effect of these acids being applied to one’s skin, the surface cells exfoliate and eventually peels off. The underlying skin that rises to the surface is smoother, less damaged, and even has fewer wrinkles.

It is among the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world and was practiced in ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece to make one’s skin smoother. Today, chemical peel treatments are popular because of their ease of use, immediate results, and little to no downtime.

The Benefits Of Using A Chemical Peel

A chemical peel treatment can help treat a variety of skin problems, including:

  • Fines lines that appear around the mouth and eyes
  • Wrinkles caused by aging and sun damage
  • Dull and damaged skin
  • Problems with acne
  • Visible scars
  • Age spots and dark patches
  • Pigmented or Uneven skin tone

The treatment will improve upon the overall appearance and sensation of the skin.

The Different Types of Chemical Peels

  • Medium Peels – Medium peels are able to reach the middle and outer layer of skin with the use of glycolic acid and trichloroacetic acid. It works effectively to eliminate damaged skin cells.
  • Deep Peels – Deep peels make use of phenols/Trichloroacetic acid to get through to the middle layer of the skin and remove damaged skin cells.
  • Superficial Peels – These chemical peels only exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin. Mild acids such as alpha-hydroxy acids are used in superficial peels.

Candidates for a Chemical Peel

An ideal candidate for a chemical peel treatment are those who are unhappy with the appearance of their skin. The procedure works best for lighter-skinned, fair-haired individuals as people with darker skin may experience an uneven skin tone after undergoing the treatment.

If you want to get rid of your acne, smoothen out your wrinkles, reduce age spots and the effects of sun damage while improving your skin texture, you should consider a chemical peel treatment. It’s important to note, however, that severe wrinkles, saggy skin, and bulges do not respond to a chemical peel treatment and may require other surgical procedures to be solved.

Your doctor will be able to advise you on the type of chemical peel treatment that you should get after examining your quality of skin and understanding your expectations from the procedure.

Schedule Your Chemical Peel Consultation Today!

A chemical peel treatment is a quick and effective cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of your skin. It can help rejuvenate your skin and make it look more youthful. However, certain risks such as scarring, infection and swelling are commonly associated with the treatment. These are temporary and should resolve themselves quickly.

At the Plastic Surgery Institute of Dayton, a trained medical professional will work with you to create a customized treatment plan to fit your specific needs. If you want smoother, younger-looking skin, you should schedule a consultation in our office today!