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Chemical Peels 101: Everything You Need to Know About This Cosmetic Procedure October 13, 2016

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Chemical Peels 101: Everything You Need to Know About This Cosmetic Procedure, Savannah, Georgia

Whether you suffer from acne scars, fine lines or skin discoloration, or are simply looking to feel rejuvenated, a chemical peel is the perfect procedure for you. Performed by skin care experts at Gaughf Dermatology in Pooler, GA, this cosmetic procedure helps both men and women achieve a more youthful, glowing appearance.

For everything you need to know about chemical peels, review this guide compiled by Dr. Claudia N. Gaughf of Gaughf Dermatology:

What Is A Chemical Peel?

According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, a chemical peel involves the application of a specific chemical solution on the skin. This solution is used to improve the overall appearance of the face, including wrinkles, scars, and hyperpigmentation. Additionally, chemical peels regenerate and exfoliate the skin, leaving it smooth and refined. Chemical peels can also help to erase dark spots and freckles. While chemical peels are most commonly performed on the face, the treatment can also be used on the neck, chest, and hands.

What Kinds Of Chemical Peels Are There?

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There are three main types of chemical peels—superficial, medium, and deep. Depending on the results you’re looking for as well as the condition of your skin, a dermatologist will determine which type of chemical peel is best for you.

Superficial chemical peels use mild acids like alpha-hydroxy acid to soften rough or bumpy skin. They also help even out skin tone and provide overall exfoliation. Medium chemical peels use glycolic or trichloroacetic acid to reach deeper layers of skin, treating wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and freckles. For more dramatic results, dermatologists perform deep chemical peels with trichloroacetic acid or phenol. This type of peel can treat shallow scars, laugh lines, sun spots, and sagging skin.

Do Chemical Peels Hurt?

Chemical peels are not painful, but you can expect to feel some slight discomfort—usually a stinging sensation. Medium and deep chemical peels may be more uncomfortable than superficial chemical peels. Although skin can appear red or scaly immediately following the procedure, you will see beautiful results in as little as one week after treatment.

Where Can I Get A Chemical Peel?

If you’re looking for rejuvenated skin, you can get a chemical peel at most medical spas and dermatology clinics like Gaughf Dermatology. If you’d like to schedule an appointment at this respected Pooler skin care center, call (912) 354-7124. For a complete list of the procedures they offer, including Botox and laser hair removal, visit Gaughf Dermatology’s website.

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