Types of Chemical Peels
November 28, 2014
Chemical peels are a great way to refresh your skin, reduce the effects of sun damage, or even look younger. This type of treatment is extremely versatile, and can help improve a wide range of skin issues. There are many different types of chemicals that can be used for the procedure, and these different compounds have various results and downtime associated with each. So how do you choose the chemical peel that’s right for you? Let’s take a look at some of the different types of chemical peels and what they can accomplish.
Common Types of Peels
Glycolic peels are very mild and are great skin refreshers,exfoliating the skin and encouraging cell turnover. They are ideal for people looking for simple skin renewal or for those who have excessively oily skin. These peels are a great choice for a special event, and may be a good periodic treatment for a wide range of patients. Glycolic peels require little to no downtime, and involve only mild skin irritation.
The Jessner peel is a medium level peel that involves three different types of acids: lactic, salicylic, and resorcinol. Together, these acids can accomplish many different skincare goals. Jessner peels can improve overall skin condition, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, reduce active acne and acne scarring, and treat mild pigmentation problems. This versatile peel requires a few days of mild downtime generally.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peelsare another medium depth peel with high versatility. These peels can address a number of skin issues, and will improve overall skin quality. TCA peels work well for some pigmentation issues, sun damage, and mild wrinkling. These peels can be quite strong and may involve up to a week of downtime.
The deepest and most invasive peel (performed under anesthesia), the phenol peel can produce dramatic results, but at a cost—there is significant downtime involved with this procedure. The recovery period can involve red, crusty skin and scabs, but once the skin heals, the benefits of the peel can last for years. Full results emerge a few months after treatment, but the initial healing phase is much shorter (usually a few weeks). This treatment can make the skin look tighter, smoother, and younger, as it encourages collagen production and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage.
Recovery Notesand Skincare
Your skin will be extremely sensitive following chemical peel treatment, and it will need special care to prevent complications and poor outcomes. Cleanse your face carefully, according to your provider’s instructions, and keep the face well-moisturized. You should handle your skin with care, particularly during the peeling phase. Do not let your skin get dry or cracked. Unless you are directly caring for your skin, hands off! Picking and touching the treated area can be harmful. Depending on the depth of the peel, you may have swelling and have activity restrictions in place. You may also have to stop using makeup right after the treatment and during the peeling phase of recovery.
It is extremely important that you protect your skin from the sun following a chemical peel. The ultraviolet rays from the sun are harmful to healthy skin, and can be especially dangerous to peeling skin and the fresh, new skin that will emerge following a chemical peel. Use sunscreen at all times when outdoors, and even when inside near windows. Avoid going outside during the middle of the day, when the sun is strongest.
Number of Treatments
Depending on the type of peel, it may be appropriate to have more than one treatment. This is especially true for mild peels like glycolic acid peels. These gentle treatments have the advantage of involving little to no downtime, but they do not produce the same level of results as a more invasive peel, so it can be beneficial to invest in a series of treatments. Your provider will advise you on what your options are.
Avoid Home Peels
You wouldn’t trust yourself to administer a treatment like Botox, would you? Even for gentle peels like the glycolic peel, it is best to leave the application of powerful skin treatments to professionals. You will get much better results, and a plastic surgeon or dermatologist has the knowledge necessary to avoid harming your skin with the chemical formula. Perfect your everyday skincare routine, but seek professional skills for more in-depth procedures.
Choosing a Skincare Professional
To get the best results, you’ll need to choose the best provider. If you’re looking into chemical peels, your best bet is to choose a board certified specialist, such as our team at Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery in Birmingham and Dearborn, Michigan. Depending on your needs, you may even want to consider a different procedure, or a combination of treatments. Our surgeons have decades of experience and offer a wide range of treatments to suit any patient. To schedule your complimentary consultation and find your perfect procedure, call 866-487-3223 today.