America spends billions of dollars on treatments like chemical peels to slow the aging process. And over 1 million chemical peel procedures are performed every year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Depending on your genetics and extent of skin damage you may start to show signs of facial aging as early as your mid-20’s.
Chemicals peels, also called chemexfoliation or derma peeling, range from very mild to severe. Usually the younger you are the lighter the chemical peel.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a minimally-invasive cosmetic surgery procedure for your face to open pores, reduce acne and acne scarring, improve the texture of your skin and restore a more youthful appearance.
A chemical peel involves the controlled application of a toxic chemical solution to the skin which promotes tissue regeneration and causes the dead skin to slough off and peels away.
A chemical peel results in a smoother, younger looking skin by removing the damaged outer layers of your skin.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are 3 different types of chemical peels: superficial peels, medium peels, and deep peels.
The type of the chemical peel and depth of the wound depends on the severity of your skin conditions.
Different chemical solutions are used for each type of chemical peel and they all penetrate the skin at different levels.
- Superficial peels use a mild chemical solution typically used to open pores, reduce fine wrinkles, dryness and to treat and prevent acne. After treatment, your skin will heal quickly with no downtime.
- Medium peels are used to treat more severe types of skin damage like acne scars, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. The chemicals are left on longer to permeate deeper levels of your skin. After treatment, your skin may be discolored for up to six weeks. There is typically little or no pain after the procedure.
- Deep chemical peels are used to treat more serious skin conditions like scarring, severe sun damage, uneven skin tone, deep wrinkles and pre-cancerous growths. A strong chemical solution called phenol is used to remove several layers of skin down to the dermal layer. A local anesthetic may be used to control pain. Your skin may appear red for up to three months. Deep peels are the most painful, take the longest to recover from but they also produce the most dramatic results.
If you discover any of these symptoms you should visit one of our Top10MD dermatologists for diagnosis and treatment before the condition worsens.
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