The average human body undergoes many changes with age. Some of the most significant changes happen to the skin. For example, the rate of skin-tissue regeneration slows down and so does the skin-cell turnover.
There is nothing we can do to stop these changes. However, there are ways to slow them down. Certain medical treatments can slow down the more obvious symptoms of aging. One such treatment is the chemical peel.
Chemical peels are exfoliation treatments that are capable of improving the appearance and health of your skin. By eliminating dead and damaged skin cells, they allow for the faster regeneration of new skin cells.
These specialized treatments can be used to treat acne, wrinkles, scarring, and even sun damage. Chemical peels also help alleviate melasma (brown patches on the skin).
There are mainly two categories of ingredients that are used to create chemical peels – beta hydroxy acids and alpha hydroxy acids. The molecular structure of each acid type is unique, which is why each type is used to treat a specific range of skin conditions. For instance, hydroxy acids are known for reducing the strength of cellular glue, thereby, preventing dead skin cells from sticking together.
Based on the above two categories, you will find that most chemicals are made from a range of acids, such as mandelic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid etc. Some chemical peels are even developed using a mixture of two or more acids.
Now, the chemical peel procedure is quite simple – you simple apply the peel over the skin. After this, the peel exfoliates the skin and eventually peels off, revealing the regenerated skin. The changes are very noticeable. You fill find that most of your wrinkles have gone and that your skin feels much smoother.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are three main types of chemical peels:
• Superficial Peels: These are usually made from alpha hydroxy acids and primarily target the outer layer of the skin. These peels are used to treat superficial skin issues such as roughness or discoloration.
• Medium Peels: These are made either from trichloroacetic acid or glycolic acid. These peels penetrate a little deeper than superficial peels and are used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, moderate discoloration, age spots, and freckles. They can even be used to remove precancerous growths.
• Deep Peels: These typically contain phenol or trichloroacetic acid. These peels travel deep into the skin to remove layers of dead skin cells. They help treat shallow scars, freckles, age spots, and more. The changes to the skin after a deep peel treatment are significant. Deep peel treatments are carried out only once due to the near-permanent nature of their effects.
Making an Appointment for a Chemical Peel
Are you ready to remove the signs of aging from your face? If so, the best way to start is by arranging a chemical-peel consultation by contacting our office. Dr. Andrew Compton, an experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, will be available to answer your questions.