Your skin is one of your most valuable and visible assets and it is only natural that you would want keep it clean, blemish-free, and vibrant. Over the course of time, however, your skin inevitably changes due to factors like sun damage, wrinkles, acne, and poor lifestyle habits. Fortunately, a cosmetic treatment known as a chemical peel is available to help you improve your skin’s aesthetic appeal.
Rejuvenate Your Skin with a Chemical Peel
A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that involves applying a chemical solution to the skin which causes it to blister and peel off slowly. Once the older skin peels off, new skin is exposed which is essentially blemish-free, smooth, and less wrinkled. Chemical peels are commonly performed on the skin in the face, neck, and hands.
What You Should Know About The Procedure
First, your skin will be cleaned thoroughly. After this, a chemical solution such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or lactic acid is applied to the skin. The solution is applied gradually, to small areas of the skin, creating a controlled wound. This allows new skin to appear in place of the wound.
The treatment does not pose any risks in most skin types, but people who undergo this treatment will feel a burning or stinging sensation for about ten minutes or so. This can can be reduced by using a cold compress on the areas that sting. Depending on the intensity of the peel, pain medication may also be necessary to help ease any discomfort.
Chemical peels are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that you don’t have to stay overnight after the treatment. You will need to talk to your surgeon about your specific goals and have realistic expectations about your results.
Preparing For A Chemical Peel
There are different levels of chemical peels available, and it is important to determine the condition of your skin before the procedure to find out which one is more suitable for your needs. Your doctor will assess your needs and help determine the best course of action to help you reach your goal.
You may be asked to prepare your skin for the treatment by using medications such as Retin-A or glycolic acid and you may have to stop using certain medications that you have been taking. You will be given instructions to follow to help make the process easier.
Care After A Chemical Peel
After a chemical peel, your skin will be sensitive for some time depending on the depth of the treatment. Following the procedure, you will first experience redness on the areas of skin that were treated and then scaling which typically lasts for three to seven days. The new skin that becomes exposed will be quite sensitive and you will need to avoid the sun for some time until the skin heals.
Chemical peels will require two or more sessions since only small areas of the skin are treated at a time. Sessions may occur at intervals of a few days to several months depending on the severity of the treatment. Mild peels can be repeated after a week while medium to deep peels may be repeated only after a minimum of six months. You might need to cover the treated areas with bandages for several days after the treatment.
Contact Our Office
Chemical peels are a safe and effective way to improve the look of your skin. If you’re unsatisfied with your appearance and want to learn more about how a chemical peel can benefit you, contact our office today. The experienced surgeons of Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery will help you find the perfect treatment to help you obtain the beautiful look you desire.