Chemical peels are used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, sun damage, age spots, freckles, and other complexion concerns. The chemicals used exfoliate the skin to reveal “newer” skin underneath. Chemical peels give the face a fresh, more youthful appearance. There are three types of peels, a superficial peel, a medium peel and a deep peel. As you advance through each stage of peels, they will penetrate deeper into the skin. Depending on your skin’s condition and the desired effect, one type of peel may be more beneficial. For those that are new to chemical peels, it is recommended that they begin with a superficial peel. This will allow the patient to see how their skin reacts to the peel while also lessening recovery time. The deeper the peel, the longer the recovery time will be. Overall chemical peels can enhance skin’s texture, tone, and color.
Reaction and Downtime
Chemical peels will result in minor discomfort such as a burning or stinging sensation similar to that of a sunburn. Patients are advised to avoid the sun for several months after a treatment to allow the skin to properly heal. The skin may darken after a few days and then begin to peel off after about seven to ten days. The level of peel that you receive will determine how severe the peeling and darkening will be. To minimize the appearance of peeling skin on your face, you are able to gently exfoliate with a wash cloth in the morning and in the evening, but oftentimes some peeling will be present on the skin. Keep this in mind before treating your skin with a chemical peel before a big event.
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic service that exfoliates the surface of the skin by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that can make the skin look dull. Microdermabrasion is performed by a device that “sprays” microcrystals of very fine, hard sand-like aluminum dioxide onto the surface of the skin removing the top layer and revealing the skin underneath. The procedure promotes the growth of new, younger skin by promoting collagen growth and working with the body’s natural healing process.
Microdermabrasion is not recommended for those with hyperpigmentation as it can exasperate the issue. It is used primarily for the following conditions:
- Removing black heads and white heads
- Decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Decreasing the appearance of acne scars
- Revealing healthier skin for a more youthful appearance
Most patients see the results of microdermabrasion immediately. It is a noninvasive procedure that can be repeated as many times as necessary. There is little to no downtime after the procedure and patients can even continue to wear makeup. Patients are advised to limit sun exposure during the healing process. The skin may feel slightly tight or sunburned afterwards but typically goes back to normal within a few days.