One of the least invasive ways to improve skin appearance, a chemical peel can reverse the effects of sun exposure, acne scarring, uneven coloring and pigmentation, rough skin, and fine lines and small wrinkles. It won’t, however, tighten skin, change pore size, remove deep scars, or improve broken capillaries. There are varying degrees of chemical peels.
1. A light chemical peel is an excellent way to improve skin tone and give you a healthy glow by removing the outer layer of the epidermis in a light exfoliation. A low-grade acid is brushed onto your face and allowed to sit for a short time. It is then neutralized and washed off. You will experience redness, stinging, skin flaking and irritation as the old skin is replaced by new, healthy skin.
2. A medium peel is a great option for the improvement of acne scars, deeper wrinkles, and uneven tone by removing the epidermis and upper part of the dermis. A specialized combination of acid is brushed onto your skin and allowed to sit for a designated amount of time. It is then neutralized and washed off. You may experience redness, stinging, flaking, and irritation, and approximately six weeks for the full effects to be seen.
3. A deep peel can remove deeper wrinkles, sun damage, scars, blotchy skin, and even pre-cancerous growths by penetrating to the lower dermal layer. Because of the intensity of the peel, you may have up to eight weeks of pretreatment designed to prepare the skin and speed the healing process. Once your skin is ready, a specialized combination of acid is brushed onto your skin and allowed to sit for a designated amount of time. It is then neutralized and washed off. An ointment will be applied to prevent dryness and pain. You will experience up to two weeks of rest and may notice crusting, peeling, redness, discomfort, and swelling. However, the results of a deep peel can last up to ten years.
With all peels, it is absolutely essential that you diligently use sunscreen to protect your new, healthy, glowing skin. Dr. Atchison will provide all the details necessary to determine which procedure may be right for you