Chemical peels are a type of anti-aging treatment that can help restore a youthful appearance. Because the name can sound intimidating, many people have questions about this procedure, how it works, and the benefits it provides. To shed more light on this topic, below are answers to some common questions about peels.
Answers to Common Questions About Chemical Peels
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel involves applying a solution to the face that exfoliates the skin and removes impurities. There are three main types of peels. A superficial or lunchtime peel typically uses a mild acid that is absorbed by the topmost layer of skin. A medium peel penetrates the middle layer of skin with a stronger chemical such as glycolic or trichloroacetic acid. A deep peel also works on the middle layer of skin but on a much deeper level; trichloroacetic acid or phenol is often used.
What are the benefits?
With any chemical peel, the major overarching benefit is a new layer of skin that is softer and without as many visible signs of aging. A superficial peel is refreshing and can improve skin that is lightly discolored or rough. A medium peel can correct age spots, fine lines, and freckles, as well as skin that is more moderately discolored. A deep peel offers the most dramatic benefit, working more intensely to remove lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.
Who is a good candidate for this procedure?
These facial procedures work on almost all skin types and shades. In general, fair-skinned people see the most noticeable improvements. However, anyone who schedules this procedure should always be evaluated by a dermatologist first to ensure their skin is healthy enough for the treatment.
Are they painful?
No. You might experience some tightness or tingling in the face, or you could sense a slight change in temperature. After a peel, your skin will be extra sensitive, so additional precautions—such as avoiding makeup and staying out of the sum—will need to be taken to protect it.
Are there any side effects?
For most people, this procedure is safe; however, many receive permission from their dermatologist to schedule a peel. Some individuals notice a temporary change in skin color. Slight redness, stinging, or burning can also be an issue.
Regain your youthful glow and see if a chemical peel is right for you. The team at Shore Medical Aesthetics and Anti-Aging offers a variety of anti-aging treatments to residents across Suffolk County, NY. Their services include peels, Botox®, CoolSculpting®, and laser hair removal. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (516) 690-7546 or visit their website to read more about their facial services.