If you’re looking for a way to dramatically change the appearance of your skin, then a chemical peel may be right for you. Chemical Peels can help treat age spots, discolorations and wrinkles, and while commonly used on the face, they can also treat the hands and chest. While it may not be as dramatic as undergoing surgery, chemical peels do require expert application and monitoring for optimal results.
It is vital that you only trust a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for this nuanced procedure.
There are three different types of chemical peels each offering their own unique benefits for various skin ailments. The amount of recovery involved in each of these levels varies, as well as the amount of discomfort you might expect during and after the procedure. The three types of chemical peels are mild, moderate, and deep peels.
Mild peels are ideal to treat minor skin discolorations and to reduce skin roughness. The treatment time is usually less than an hour and the peel gently exfoliates the top layer of the skin. Recovery time for a mild peel is minimal and can often resolve over a weekend with the skin appearing mildly red throughout this time. Makeup can be applied on the skin the day after the peel, so people can return to work right away if needed.
A moderate peel is best if you are looking to remove damaged skin, reduce age spots, and improve fine lines and wrinkles. This peel penetrates deeper levels of the skin, reaching the outer and middle layers. The skin is usually red and slightly swollen for about 7 to 10 days and peeling is common, sometimes antiviral medication is provided to prevent infection. It is vital that sun exposure is avoided during this time as the new layer of skin is extremely sensitive.
A deep chemical peel is used to treat more serious skin issues such as advanced signs of aging, shallow scars, and age spots. The peel penetrates the middle layer of skin and is performed all at one time. While a deep peel can significantly reduce damaged skin cells and wrinkles, it also requires a lengthy recovery period of 2 or more weeks. Bandages will be placed on the skin and sun must be avoided for 3 to 6 months following a deep peel.
Chemical peels offer a less invasive option than surgery but still provide lasting results. They are completely safe, but must be performed by a trained and certified professional as they are dealing with the delicate layers of skin on the face, hands, and chest. By trusting an expert doctor and plastic surgeon, you are ensuring you have an educated specialist to treat you.
If you’re interested learning more about which chemical peel is right for you, please call us at (281) 419-9119 to schedule your consultation at Correa Plastic Surgery today! Correa Plastic Surgery serves The Woodlands & Houston metro area.