Is the skin on your face feeling tired and dull? If so, there are many different facial treatments available to improve the general appearance of facial skin, improve sagging, reduce discoloration and help smooth out facial wrinkles. These treatments range in invasiveness, effectiveness, and cost, but the most important factor for patients is generally getting the best results possible with very little downtime. A popular treatment, the chemical peel, is a fairly non-invasive solution to a variety of aesthetic skin problems. But who should get a chemical peel?
What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a simple procedure, involving a controlled application of acid to facial skin. This can accomplish many different goals, depending on the formula and depth of the peel. While there are home chemical peel formulas, it is safer and more effective to have a chemical peel performed by a dermatologist. He or she is better able to control the depth of the peel.
What Can a Chemical Peel Accomplish?
Chemical peels cannot produce the dramatic results of treatments such as laser peels, but they can be an economical refresher for the skin, while treating mild to moderate skin issues. The different effects of chemical peels depend on the type and depth of the peel.The deeper the peel, the more dramatic the results, but deeper peels also involve more downtime.
Mild skin peels are great for refreshing the skin, such as before a special event. Brides in particular find light chemical peels before the big day are a great way to get glowing, beautiful skin with little downtime. Mild peels only remove the top layers of skin.
Medium skin peels can treat limited signs of aging, improvelight wrinkles and encourage cell turnover and collagen production, which helps to naturally make the skin look younger and fresher. Medium-depth peels can also treat light acne scarring.
Deep peels provide the most comprehensive results, helping to improve scars, wrinkles, and overall skin tone. While deep peels are appropriate for some patients, others may want to consider other skin rejuvenation methods for more comprehensive anti-aging or scar improvement. Sometimes, deep peels require anesthesia.
Best Age for Chemical Peels
Because chemical peels are versatile treatments for a variety of skin issues, they can be appropriate for people of many different ages. Younger people may want to seek chemical peels for problems like acne scarring, while older patients are usually looking for anti-aging results. In general, most healthy people over the age of 18 are eligible for chemical peel treatments.
Candidates for Chemical Peels
Only a qualified dermatologist can make an assessment of individual candidacy for skin treatments, but there are general guidelines available for a preliminary check. In general, good candidates for chemical peels:
- Are not pregnant or nursing
- Do not take certain medications
- Are not prone to excessive scarring
- Do not have a history of frequent cold sores
Patients with dark skin should be cautious about getting a chemical peel, since the process can cause uneven pigmentation in the skin.
Those who are looking for more comprehensive anti-aging may do better to consider treatments such as laser resurfacing, Ultherapy®, and/or facial fillers, as these treatments more specifically target anti-aging.
Chemical Peel Downtime
Light chemical peels allow the patient to return to normal activities almost immediately. Full recovery from these treatments lasts at most seven days, and makeup can be applied soon afterward to cover up redness. Medium peels can take up to two weeks to heal, with more aftercare involved. Deep peels can involve up to three weeks of healing time. After any chemical peel, the following guidelines apply, along with specific information from the dermatologist:
- Avoid sunlight and protect the skin
- Avoid excessive touching and washing of the face
- Avoid activities that could cause facial perspiration
- Keep the area moist
The Best in Skincare
Regardless of whether you are considering a chemical peel or another skin treatment, you will want to choose a knowledgeable dermatologist who can advise you on and administer the treatments that are likely to work best for you. Taking care of your skin properly is a lifelong endeavor, and having a reputable doctor to help you will give you the tools you need to maintain healthy, glowing, beautiful skin for many years to come. Dr. Diane Walder and Dr. Stacy Chimento arehighly respected dermatologists, specializing in cosmetic dermatology. If you’re looking for the best in skincare in the Miami area, call 305-866-2177 today to schedule your appointment.