There are many ways to care for your skin to keep it looking young and healthy. Some are (or should be!) part of your regular routine, like wearing sunscreen and washing your face daily. Others are designed to target long-term damage that has resulted from scarring, sun exposure, and aging. One such method is the chemical peel, a nonsurgical method of removing damaged skin so that newer, healthier skin can take its place.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a controlled injury to your skin. It involves using chemical solutions to essentially burn away the superficial layers of skin to remove any damage. Once those layers have been removed, new layers of skin can take their place with less or no damage, causing your skin to look fresher and healthier. The idea of putting chemicals on your skin sounds a bit sketchy and scary, but in reality, most of the chemicals used in the peels are based in acids that are naturally found in various types of fruit.
How Does the Procedure Work?
The actual procedure is rather simple! The technician starts by cleaning the area that is going to be treated very carefully and thoroughly to remove any surface contaminants. The chemicals are also carefully chosen and prepared prior to the procedure. The types and amounts of the chemicals used will vary depending on the degree of damage, the intensity of the peel, and your skin itself. Once the chemicals are ready, the technician applies the solutions carefully onto the target areas of your skin. The solutions then sit on your skin for a set amount of time, removing the superficial skin layers and any damage they contain. After the right amount of time has passed, the technician rinses and neutralizes the solution from your skin.
What are the Different Peel Intensities?
There are three general levels of intensity: light, medium, and deep. Each works well with treating certain skin conditions. A light peel will treat conditions like acne, uneven or blotchy pigmentation, fine wrinkles, and even dry skin. The chemicals in this solution are less intense and remain on the skin the least amount of time. A medium peel burns further into your skin to treat scarring from acne or deeper wrinkles. A deep peel works into the deepest layers of the epidermis to remove sun damages, hyperpigmentation, or deep scars from injuries. This intensity also has the ability to treat precancerous growths that might be in your skin.
How Long is the Recovery?
The amount of time you’ll need to recover corresponds directly to the intensity level of your peel. The more intense the peel, the longer your recovery time will be. The exact amount of time varies between patients based on their skin and how well they care for their skin following the procedure. Patients who follow their post-procedure care instructions will help their skin heal faster than those who don’t.
Will One Peel Be Enough to Fix the Damage?
This also depends on the patient and the level of damage they have present in their skin, but generally patients require more than one peel to get the optimal results. Your doctor may recommend starting out with a light peel and then steadily increasing the intensity over time, or they may have you do multiple sessions of the same intensity. The exact course of treatments will be determined during your patient consultation.
How Do I Schedule a Consultation?
You can reach Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery by calling (866) 487-3223 or by sending an email directly through our Contact page. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Haitham Masri offers a wide variety of chemical peels designed to treat all levels of skin damage, as well as other skin care treatments and products.