A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that uses a chemical solution to remove layers of skin and reveal improved and youthful skin underneath. It is an in-office treatment and can be used to treat cosmetic issues on the face, neck, and hands. Different types of chemicals are used to treat different types of skin conditions. A single treatment can help you refresh your skin for a weekend event, and routine sessions can help in the long-term maintenance of your skin.
Why Do You Need Chemical Peel Treatment?
People choose chemical peels to treat a variety of cosmetic conditions, such as:
- Minor fine lines and wrinkles.
- Damage caused by the sun.
- Treating certain types of acne and scars.
- Dull complexion, rough skin, and scaly patches.
- Dark patches caused due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills.
- Enlarged pores.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are three types of chemical peels:
We recommend superficial peels to treat conditions on the topmost layer of the skin, the epidermis. This is because these peels do not penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. Superficial peels are the gentlest kind of chemical peels and the recovery time is also short.
We recommend medium-depth peels to treat conditions like fine wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, or acne scars. This kind of chemical peel takes a few weeks to heal completely.
We may recommend deep chemical peels to treat moderate to severe sun damage, moderate to severe wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation. The healing time takes a few weeks and requires precautions and medications for smooth healing.
How are Chemical Peels Performed?
We will begin the treatment by cleaning your skin with a cleansing agent that will remove excess oils from the area where the treatment will be performed. We will consider giving you local anesthesia if you are getting deep chemical peels. We will then apply a chemical solution to your skin. Solutions that are typically used for the treatment are glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, carbolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid. It will give a tingling sensation for a few minutes and then become normal. The choice of chemical solution will depend on your goals and candidacy for the treatment.
We will give you certain instructions that you will have to sincerely follow, such as:
- Avoid direct exposure to the sun for at least two weeks before treatment.
- Apply the prescribed products/medications as advised to prepare your skin.
- Don’t use any unapproved skin products before your treatment.
Benefits of Chemical Peels
- Removes scars, acne, or hyperpigmentation
- Lifts your skin
- Soothes roughness
- Balances your skin texture.
If you want a needle-less treatment, chemical peeling might be the best option for you. Take necessary precautions and prescribed medicines for a smooth recovery. Patient education, careful listening and custom treatment planning of the doctor can help obtain the best results.
Please reach out to our clinic in Oklahoma City, OK, to have a consultation with our doctors. Please call Dentist in Oklahoma City OK at (405) 702-7766 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.