Chemical peels are one of the most popular methods for reversing the signs of aging, and it’s been near the top of that list for a long time. The reason they’re so popular is that they are a time-tested method for smoothing the skin and eliminating wrinkles. By using your body’s natural healing abilities, chemical peels provide the results you’re looking for without the use of needles or invasive surgeries.
How do Chemical Peels Work?
Despite the scary-sounding name, chemical peels don’t involve your skin peeling off like a snake’s. What they actually do is remove the outermost, and dirtiest, layer of your skin to expose the younger, cleaner skin underneath it. How much skin is removed, and the chemicals used to remove the skin will vary depending on what kind of chemical peel you’re getting.
Not all chemical peels are created equal. Some chemical peels penetrate deeper than others; some use different chemicals to achieve their goal and not every chemical peel includes the entire face. When you call the Estetika Skin and Laser Services offices for your initial consultation, a member of our medical team will explain all of the chemical peel services we offer and match the right peel to your beauty goals.
What Kinds of Chemical Peels are There?
There are three different categories of chemical peels: Light, Medium and Deep. Just as their names suggest, the different peels achieve different beauty goals by penetrating deeper into the skin.
- Light Chemical Peels: Lighter peels are often done using alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs are lighter chemicals that work to combat sun damage and wrinkles while causing only minimal discomfort to the skin. Lighter peels are a good option for people who are looking to fix minor skin issues or as a form of beauty maintenance.
- Medium Peels: A trichloracetic acid (TCA) peel is another light-to-medium option which helps fight wrinkles and signs of aging, but also help with other skin issues such as pigmentation and sun damage. These kinds of peels have less of a bleaching effect than some other formulas, which is why this type of solution is often recommended for darker-skinned patients.
- Deep Peels: These kinds of peels use chemicals that penetrate deep below the dermis to fix severe damage caused by wrinkles, the sun and aging. No matter what kind of chemical peel you receive, you can go straight from the appointment to your daily life. However, with the deeper chemical peels, there may need to be more maintenance involved post-procedure.
What is the Procedure Like?
Regardless of which chemical peel you’re receiving, the process is the same. A member of our medical team will use an applicator or sponge to distribute the formula across the designated areas of your face and alternate the treatment with water. The lighter peels usually don’t require any anesthetic gel, but a deeper chemical peel will need a longer appointment and a petroleum jelly mask.
Once your appointment is completed, we will go over the best practices for taking care of your face post-procedure. Some peels will require the use of petroleum jelly, and some may require bandages, but you should always keep your face moisturized and protected from the sun after your procedure.
Everything begins with your consultation. During this one-on-one meeting, we will go over all the chemical peel options we offer and find the perfect solution to your beauty needs. Call our Delafield, WI or Sarasota, FL offices and schedule your appointment today!