Have you ever considered a chemical peel? Where are chemical peels most effective? Most chemical appeals reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth. Chemical peels treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging. Acne sufferers have benefited greatly from chemical peels. Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands and have had dramatic effects in reducing the signs of aging.
It is important to note that after a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It should say “broad-spectrum” on the label, meaning it protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Fair complexion blondes generally are better candidates for chemical peels, however, complexions have good results as well, depending on the problem being treated. Skin sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. They may need other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures, such as laser resurfacing, a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid lift.
Before a chemical peel, it is important to notify your doctor if you have scarring issues. Certain medications should be discontinued in for best results and safety of the client. Sometimes antibiotics are prescribed. Work with your doctor to determine the depth of your peel. This decision depends upon the condition of your skin and your goals for treatment.
The professional who does your peel will first clean your skin thoroughly. Then he or she will apply one or more chemical solutions — such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol) — to small areas of your skin. That creates a controlled wound, letting new skin take its place. During a chemical peel, most people feel a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Putting cool compresses on the skin may ease that stinging. You may need pain medication during or after a deeper peel.
If you adhere to the regular chemical peel, microderm or the dual peel treatments, you will notice slowed aging and long lasting enhancement of the skin texture in the treated areas. Chemical peels can be done at different depths — light, medium or deep — depending on your desired results. Each type of chemical peel uses a different chemical solution. Deeper chemical peels produce more-dramatic results, but also involve longer recovery times.
We offer chemical exfoliant treatments from very superficial (lunch time peels) to medium levels. Peels can be offered with a Glo facial or with a combination of other products and equipment to get more aggressive results.
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Source: “Chemical Peels: Conditions They Treat, What to Expect.” WebMD. Web. 31 Oct. 2012.