FAQ: What Are Chemical Peels and How Do They Work?
Are you looking for a way to treat wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, sun spots, acne scars, and an uneven complexion -- all in one? Believe it or not, there is a single solution to all of these problems: chemical peels. If you're new to the idea of facial treatments, here's everything you need to know about this surprisingly simple and effective procedure. Why is it called a chemical peel? The phrase "chemical peel" probably sounds harsher than the treatment actually is. A safe, non-toxic blend of chemicals is applied to the surface layer of skin, which helps to clear away dead surface tissue and reveal the smoother, cleaner, more radiant skin underneath. What can it be used to treat? Chemical peels can be used to minimize the appearance of a broad variety of imperfections, including sun damage, acne and post-acne scarring, frown lines, and deep wrinkles. It will leave your skin feeling healthier, tighter, and younger. Are all chemical peels the same? There are three different levels of chemical peels that vary by intensity and strength. Surface peels can be used to treat mild pigmentation issues and dry, rough patches on the top layer of the skin, or the epidermis. Although the epidermal layer is only one-tenth of a millimeter thick, it is actually composed of 40 to 50 rows of stacked cells called squamous cells or keratinocytes. Moderate peels and deep peels are used to penetrate beyond the epidermal wall and treat mild to severe wrinkles, scars, and spots. Deep chemical peels are usually done under anesthesia, however. Are there any side effects? Mild and moderate chemical peels are non-invasive procedures that require minimal downtime or recovery. Some initial redness may occur as a result of the peel, but generally, patients see results instantly. Furthermore, the process itself helps to exfoliate and revitalize cell growth, meaning that the benefits of your treatment will extend well beyond the med spa. Chemical peels can be effectively used on every skin type to reveal the healthy, vibrant skin you already have lurking below the surface. If you still have questions or want to know what type of peel might be right for you, contact us today for more information or a primary skin consultation.