Chemical peels are a popular option for many people around the world. An acid solution is applied to your skin to remove the top layers (epidermis). This solution is designed to treat skin discoloration, scars, improve skin tone and texture, and fine lines and wrinkles.
Once healed, the skin that is revealed is more youthful, smooth, and clear. There are three depths of chemical peels available – light, medium, and deep. The type that is suitable for you will depend on what your desired results are.
Chemical Peel Depths
Each depth is designed for a different skin problem. For example, a light chemical peel (also referred to as a superficial peel) removes the outer layer of skin and can treat dryness, uneven skin tone, acne, and fine wrinkles.
It is important to know that each type of chemical peel treatment has its own recovery period and recommended schedule.
Light Peel Schedule
For a light chemical peel, you can expect the skin to heal between 3-5 days after the treatment.
It is recommended that you wait between 4 and 6 weeks before you have another peel. Despite
Deep Peel Schedule
As a deep chemical peel works to remove skin cells from the mid to lower layer of your dermis, it is a more intense treatment than the above options. Using a strong solution, it can lead to redness and peeling of the skin for up to two weeks following the treatment.
It will also require one to two weeks off of work. It is recommended that you only have a deep chemical peel treatment every three years or more and these peels results being subtle at first, after repeated treatments and the right aftercare, you should notice extraordinary results.
For a medium chemical peel, as it penetrates a deeper level of skin than a light chemical peel, the healing process will be a little different.
Following the treatment, your skin will feel dry and tight for the first 24 hours, and then the peeling process will begin. You may experience peeling and/or flaking for 3-5 days. This will take up to 10 days to heal and you will notice a significant improvement in the tone and texture of your skin.
To maintain the results in the long term, it is recommended that you repeat the treatment every three to nine months. re-performed by your board-certified plastic surgeon.
Chemical Peel Benefits
There are so many benefits that come with chemical peels. Not only can you benefit from it if you’re looking to solve one of the above issues, but if you want a treatment that results in radiant, youthful-looking skin.
Two other prominent reasons why so many people opt for this treatment is that it only takes 45 minutes to perform – meaning that you can easily fit it into your schedule and the downtime is minimal compared to other facial treatments.
Am I a Candidate for Chemical Peels?
You might be wondering, am I a good candidate for chemical peels? You will be considered a suitable candidate for the treatment if you’re looking to treat:
Uneven skin tone
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