What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is an exfoliating cosmetic procedure that involves applying specific chemicals to the skin which act to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Chemical peels are most often done on areas of the face, but can be used on other parts of the body, including chests and necks. Cosmetic Laser Center offers different levels of peels dependent upon your skin and the results that you are looking for. In addition, there are also a variety of types of chemicals used to treat your skin based on your skin’s condition. Cosmetic Laser Centers trained estheticians will assess your skin and find the best formula to meet your needs.

Superficial Peels

Superficial peels are considered the level one of chemical peels. During a superficial chemical peel a chemical is applied directly to the skin for a short amount of time, usually between five and seven minutes. Afterwards, the chemical is removed from the skin revealing the refreshed skin underneath. Superficial peels are best for those new to chemical peels and are often the done before a deeper peel is even considered. Those suffering from mild acne scars or skin discoloration would benefit most from a superficial chemical peel. Superficial peels are also the most comfortable of the peels and require less healing time.

Chemical Peels

Medium Peels

A medium peel is used to treat wrinkles, sun damage, skin discoloration and lesions. While the results of a medium peel will be more noticeable than that of a superficial peel there is downtime to consider. Because the effect of a medium peel is similar to a second degree burn, you will need to take time off to recover. Typical recovery time is between five to seven days. There will be noticeable crust and brownish color to the skin during the recovery process. Although this is a more dramatic peel, the results are more dramatic as well.

Deep Peels

Deep peels are the highest level of peel that you can receive. They are used to treat more serious conditions of sun damage, skin discoloration, lesions, and deep wrinkles. Like a medium peel, a deep peel is a second degree burn to the skin and will require a longer healing time. The average downtime after a deep peel is two weeks, with your skin becoming fully recovered in two to three months. While this may sound like a long recovery, the effects of deep peels have boasted extraordinary results.

Is a Chemical Peel Right for You?

Chemical peels are right for those suffering from acne scarring, skin discoloration and wrinkles. A chemical peel is not right for those that are currently using acne medications, have had recent surgery to the treatable area, or have an impaired immune system.
Cosmetic Laser Center will help you decide if you are the right candidate for a chemical peel. Contact us today to find out more about or chemical peel options.