A chemical peel can improve discoloration, spots, and other blemishes on the face—including sun damage.
Chemical peels range from mild to moderate to deep. Each has a different purpose to treat different issues and have varying recovery times. Chemical peels have various uses and as such have differing degrees of strength. Using a chemical formula that is too strong can create more damage than it originally was intended to fix. Most patients with sun damage opt for a medium or deep chemical peel. Our team at Correa Plastic Surgery will help you choose the peel that is right for you and your specific needs.
Mild peels are also known as lunchtime peels. The acid used is mild and intended to gently exfoliate the skin. This is best used to treat mild skin discoloration and to remedy rough skin. Recovery time after a mild peel is about a week.
A moderate peel is used to remove damaged skin cells to improve fine lines and wrinkles and to treat skin discolorations such as age spots and freckles. This type of peel also smoothes rough skin patches but at a deeper level. The chemical used in this procedure penetrates the outer and middle layers of the skin. This procedure requires a longer recovery time, which is about 7 to 14 days.
Deep peels are used to remedy much more advanced signs of aging and more pronounced skin discolorations. In this procedure the chemical used penetrates to the middle layer of skin, removing damaged skin cells. A deep peel will produce a significant and very noticeable improvement in the appearance of moderate lines, shallow scars and age spots. It can only be done once and is only done on the face. Recovery time for a deep peel is between 14 and 21 days.
After a chemical peel, skin is more prone to sun damage and the sun’s harmful rays. Be sure to wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun while your skin is healing. Proper skin care techniques are important to help prolong the effects of your chemical peel.
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