Treat Yourself to a Chemical Peel!

woman removing with hardness her facial mask and smilingChemical peels have been around for hundreds of years, and for good reason! They are a great way to get rid of skin problems and old, dead skin cells to give the skin a toned, youthful, and blemish-free look! If you have ever wondered about chemical peels and what they can do for you, read on!

How Does a Chemical Peel Work?

The basic idea behind a chemical peel is that a solution is applied to the skin that removes the outer, damaged layers of the skin. The solution also stimulates the growth of new skin cells, plus collagen and elastin, proteins that help the skin to look refreshed and beautiful. Chemical peels are typically used on the face, but some types of peels can be used on the neck and other parts of the body.

There are three basic types of chemical peel: alphahydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and phenol. AHA is the gentlest type of peel, TCA is a “medium depth” peel and is preferred for patients with darker skin, and a phenol peel is the strongest. Treatment times for chemical peels vary, depending on which type you get – an AHA peel takes less than 10 minutes, while a phenol peel can take up to 2 hours. Your skin care professional will help you to decide which peel strength is right for you and any skin issues you have.

Chemical peels can be used just to perk up dull-looking skin, but they can also be used to treat a wide variety of skin problems:

  • Wrinkles (both fine and coarse)
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Acne
  • Precancerous growths
  • Freckles
  • Blotchy or damaged skin

Chemical peels aren’t painful, although you may have a bit of a stinging sensation. After the peel you may have reddened skin, swelling, and/or tingling. Your skin care professional will go over possible side effects from your chemical peel, and they will also give you instructions to follow to protect your skin after your peel, such as staying out of the sun.

Are you interested to see what a chemical peel can do for your skin? Call Amirlak Plastic Surgery, in Dallas, Texas, for a chemical peel appointment. Call 972-972-4708 today!

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