What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that are used to rejuvenate the skin on the face, hands, neck, and back. During the procedure, a special chemical solution is applied to the area being treated. This causes the skin to exfoliate and peel off over time, exposing new, smoother skin underneath.
Chemical peels can be used to address a number of issues, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles.
- Sun damage.
- Acne scarring.
- Uneven skin tone.
Those who are fair-skinned and light-haired tend to be better chemical peel candidates, as those with darker skin tones are more likely to develop an uneven skin tone. However, the best way to determine your candidacy is to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Erwin so she can assess your skin.
Chemical Peel Treatment
It is important that you follow a few steps to get ready for your chemical peel. These steps include:
- Avoiding using any form of retinol or Retin-A topical medication for 48 hours.
- Cannot have been on Accutane for at least six months.
- Inform your dermatologist about any medications that you take.
There are different levels of chemical peels that are available, depending on the degree of change desired. These include:
These peels use mild acids such as alpha-hydroxy acid to exfoliate the outermost skin gently. During treatment, the skin will start to whiten, and there may be a slight stinging sensation. Once complete, the chemical solution will be removed.
These peels use trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to read the outer and middle layers of skin. The skin will whiten during treatment and a feeling of stinging or burning often occurs.
Deep peels use phenol or trichloroacetic acid to fully penetrate into the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. Patients are often sedated during deep peels and may require a series of peels, as the procedure is usually done in 15-minute portions.
Chemical Peel Recovery
Following a chemical peel, recovery will vary depending on the level of peel. For light chemical peels, most patients can see results after 4-7 days. For medium peels, the skin will recover after 5-7 days, though redness may stick around for a few months. The skill will swell and form crusts that will fall off to reveal new skin. For deep chemical peels, severe swelling and redness will occur. It usually takes two weeks for new skin to develop, and redness may last for several months. Chemical peel patients should avoid the sun for several months after, as the skin will be sensitive. Dr. Erwin will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your skin following a peel for the best results.
Contact Us Today
If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels for a more refreshed look, contact our office today by calling (979) 612-2761 or completing the online form! We will be happy to assist you in scheduling your initial appointment with Dr. Erwin.