As time marches on, men and women will continue to seek effective and efficient ways to reduce the signs of aging. We want to erase crow’s feet and smile lines. We want to tighten sagging breasts and flabby tummies. We desperately want to enjoy our time in the sun, but don’t want our skin to show how often we forget to apply protective sunscreen. Technology and techniques designed to slow or reverse the hands of time make up a booming multi-billion dollar industry. As a nation, we want to retain the vigor and vitality of our youth. Our society claims smooth, firm skin is a facet of ideal beauty. Aging betrays weakness and most of us try to fight its effects with every weapon in our available arsenal.
Our face is our window to the world. It is also one of the places on the body that shows the most significant signs of aging over the years. Loose, sagging skin, dullness, enlarged pores, fine lines, deep wrinkles, under eye circles, forehead creases, and baggy jowls all have the potential to make us look older than we feel. It’s no wonder that, within an industry that makes billions of dollars helping people look younger, facial rejuvenation and restoration is one of the most popular and most important areas. We will spend thousands of dollars on facelifts, dermal injections, brow lifts, eyelid enhancement, and other procedures designed to erase fine lines and wrinkles.
One aspect of facial rejuvenation is the phenomenon of chemical peels. Chemical peels are products that are applied to the exterior surface of the skin and are designed to exfoliate and remove the outer layer of skin, theoretically revealing a more youthful and fresh layer of skin underneath. This process works relatively well and the harsh chemicals stimulate the skin to lose old, dull dead cells and replace them with new, fresh skin tissue.
However, there is one huge drawback to chemical peels and it is inherent to the process. In order to facilitate dramatic removal of the old skin layer and encourage proliferation of a new layer of skin cells, chemicals must be used. These cause dramatic swelling, inflammation and skin peeling, usually with a mild amount of pain. A visit to the doctor’s office for a chemical peel means you will be driving home with a red and irritated face. Most people opt to take the rest of the day off of work because their appearance is embarrassing.
There is a new advent in chemical peels that helps patients avoid this problem. New products allow placement and removal of the peel during a regular weekly appointment, but the skin won’t start to slough off until 36 hours later. This means you can time the procedure to fit with your schedule, with peeling and revealing of new skin occurring over the weekend instead of during the work week. Traditional chemical peels require two to three weeks of recovery time, but the advent of these new peels can achieve the same results in as few as four or five visits.