Aging can have unfortunate effects on our skin. The skin’s natural production of collagen is slowed down over time, which means that it loses elasticity. This leads to dull sagging skin with fine lines, wrinkles, and other blemishes. To address these issues, many people come in for chemical peel treatments.

What Can a Chemical Peel Do for Your Skin?

During a chemical peel, an acid solution is used to remove the damaged and dead upper layers of the skin in order to reveal the smooth texture of the underlying skin.

A chemical peel exfoliates your skin by using caustic agents to cause the skin tissues to release inflammatory mediators and cytokines. This results in the deposition of collagen, the thickening of the epidermis, an increase in dermal volume, and a reorganization of structural elements.

As these changes occur, the skin becomes more youthful, clearer, and smoother. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced and the skin tone begins to look more even.

Benefits of a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels can boost your self-confidence by removing the blotchy, sun-damaged, and wrinkly skin in exchange for much smoother, vibrant, more youthful-looking skin. As far as chemical peels are concerned, there are three main categories, and each offers different benefits for the skin.

The Three Main Chemical Peel Categories

Light Chemical Peel

  • Improves skin texture and the appearance of acne scars
  • Reduces the effects that sun damage has had on your skin

Medium Chemical Peel

  • Improves the appearance of acne scars
  • Smoothes away fine surface wrinkles
  • Corrects pigment irregularities like age spots

Deep Chemical Peel

  • Treats rough skin that has been damaged by the sun
  • Eliminates coarse and deep wrinkles (unlike the medium peel, which only eliminates the fine surface wrinkles)
  • Removes pre-cancerous growths

Talk to a qualified and experienced medical professional in order to determine which peel is the best choice for you.

Post-Treatment Care

Adverse reactions to chemical peels are quite rare. Mild irritation, peeling, and redness are normal after a chemical peel and will recede in a couple of days. Stronger peels will need a longer recovery time and the side effects are more pronounced while they last.

Make sure that you follow your doctor’s orders for pre and post-procedure care to the letter so that your recovery goes smoothly. This is the best way to avoid any complications and makes for a shorter healing time.

Make an Appointment for a Chemical Peel Consultation

Before you can get your chemical peel, you will need to have a detailed consultation with Dr. Andrew Compton, a skilled facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Compton will explain to you the exact details of the chemical peels that we offer and can help you find the ideal peel for you. He will also discuss your aesthetic goals with you.

During this consultation, you will be able to ask any questions that you may have and can look at before-and-after photos. To get started, contact our office today and arrange an appointment.