Is your skin giving away your age due to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? Or are you dealing with blemishes and skin spots because of UV radiation exposure? Problems like these, and many more, can be effectively treated using chemical peels. Before undergoing any type of cosmetic procedure, you should ask certain questions so that you fully understand what is involved with the treatment and how to obtain the best results possible.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
As the name suggests, a chemical peel is a type of treatment involving the application of some form of chemical to peel away part of the outer skin tissue, revealing healthier, more youthful skin underneath. Peels come in various formulations and strengths. The type that you require can be determined at your initial consultation.
What Are Glycolic Peels?
Mild acids like glycolic and lactic acid are typically used in superficial chemical peels. This type of peel is often recommended for those with superficial skin problems like light scars, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and dull skin tone. The mild nature of this type of treatment means that multiple applications may be necessary. Glycolic and lactic acid peels do not typically require any sedation or downtime.
A medium peel containing a chemical called TCA is often used to reduce the appearance of light lines and wrinkles, superficial acne scars, and hyperpigmentation. In some cases, a medium peel may require some sedation and light downtime.
What Are Deep Peels?
Deep chemical peels are the heavy hitters of the chemical peel world. They typically involve the application of chemicals like high-strength TCA, phenol, or carbolic acid. This aggressive form of treatment removes the epidermis and portions of the lower dermis skin layers. Although it offers excellent results, you will need to set aside quite a bit of time to heal from its powerful effects.
You will be given instructions for post-treatment care after your procedure, however, there are some general rules to go by. Your skin will be somewhat sensitive after your treatment since some of the outer skin tissue has been removed. Avoid picking, scratching, or being rough with your skin after the treatment. Let any shedding skin fall away naturally.
If you would like to receive more information about the chemical peels we offer at Dermalase in Frisco, TX, feel free to give us a call or pay us a visit. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!