Everything You Need to Know About Chemical Peels

Everything You Need to Know About Chemical Peels

Your body’s natural exfoliation process is what keeps your skin looking bright and healthy. If you feel like your skin is in need of a boost, a facial is a great option for refreshing your skin. If you have lingering discoloration from acne scars or sun spots, you may need a stronger treatment to transform your skin.

At Palms Wellington Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of skin rejuvenation treatments to help you look and feel your best. If you have any uneven skin tone or texture, we recommend trying a chemical peel.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment used to improve the quality of your skin by mimicking your body’s natural, biological healing process. 

Over time, as your top layer of skin cells die, your body naturally works to clear away these cells and make room for new, healthy cells. 

The ingredients in chemical peels trigger this exfoliation process to reduce the appearance of sun damage, acne spots, wrinkles, and other types of pigmentation problems. Once your skin has healed, you will be left with smoother, more radiant skin.

How Does a Chemical Peel Work?

When we apply the chemicals to your face, your skin responds by ‘blistering” and eventually begins to peel. Removing the damaged outermost layer of skin makes way for your body to generate new cells. These new cells are not only healthier, but they are also unaffected by the issue that was causing your previous skin condition.

Although both chemical peels and facials can improve the appearance of your skin, a chemical peel is more powerful than a facial. 

Rather than simply addressing superficial skin imperfections, like blackheads or dry spots, a chemical peel uses stronger exfoliants that can penetrate deeper into your skin to address fine lines, scarring, and discoloration.

What Does a Chemical Peel Treat?

There are many different skin conditions that can be treated with a chemical peel. If severe acne or sun exposure has left you with unwanted spots or scarring, this skin rejuvenation treatment can help return your skin’s natural radiance. 

A chemical peel can be used to reduce the appearance of the following: 

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Scars
  • Uneven texture

Chemical peels can be a particularly effective treatment for deep acne scars that haven’t responded to topical creams. If you want to address multiple skin issues, a chemical peel is a great option to treat them all at once.

Are There Different Kinds of Chemical Peels?

Yes. Chemical peels are characterized by their strength. Depending on the condition of your skin and your particular skin type, we will recommend one of three depths: light, medium, and deep.

A light chemical peel uses a mild acid to gently exfoliate the outermost layer of your skin. Because this type of peel only penetrates the top layer of skin, it is considered to be a superficial peel and is effective at clearing away subtle imperfections. Best of all, it only takes a day or two for your skin to recover.

A medium chemical peel targets your middle and outer layers of skin. This type of peel can treat deep wrinkles, discoloration, and acne scars. This peel penetrates more layers of skin than a light peel, so it requires a longer recovery period of five to seven days.

A deep chemical peel penetrates deep down under several layers of skin. This type of peel is the strongest and will produce the most dramatic results. Because more layers of skin are affected, it can take up to two weeks for your skin to recover.

What Can I Expect from the Procedure?

To prepare for your chemical peel, we usually ask that you come in with a natural, fresh face free of sunscreen, creams, serums, or makeup. 

Before we begin the treatment, we will start by gently cleansing your face to remove any excess oil or debris. Then, we will begin the skin rejuvenation process by applying the chemical peel. Your skin may feel warm, tingly, or itchy during the treatment, depending on the type of chemical peel you get.

After your procedure, you’ll know your skin has begun the healing process when you start to notice some flaking and peeling. The exact recovery time will depend on your skin and what type of peel you get. During your consultation, we will provide you with detailed after-care instructions to help you heal smoothly and quickly.

What Are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?

Beyond smoothing and improving the appearance of your skin, a chemical peel can also make it healthier. If you struggle with acne, a chemical peel can help unclog your pores, kill bacteria, reduce inflammation, and decrease excessive oil production.

In addition to treating fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, this treatment can help remove dry or rough patches. The exfoliation process triggers your body’s natural collagen and elastin production so that the new skin will be softer, smoother, and healthier.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?

If you wish you had a more even skin tone and texture, you’re likely a good candidate for a chemical peel. Almost anyone, regardless of age, skin type, or tone, can experience the benefits of a chemical peel.

Certain severe skin conditions and medications may prevent you from having a chemical peel. During your consultation, we will review your medical history, evaluate your skin, and determine whether a chemical peel is right for you. Then, we can customize your treatment for your exact skin type to deliver outstanding results.

Reveal More Beautiful Skin with a Chemical Peel

If you are ready to see brighter, clearer skin, don’t waste another dollar buying skincare products that don’t work. Our team of experts at Palms Wellington Plastic Surgery in Wellington, FL, is dedicated to providing patients with the latest in skin rejuvenation technology to get you the results you want. 

Call to schedule your appointment and see what a chemical peel can do for your skin today.

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