Seeking a way to smooth your skin and improve its texture? Consider a chemical peel. Chemical peels can help with a wide range of skin imperfections, ranging from scarring to signs of aging. There are different options available to you, depending on your specific needs.
A Closer Look at Chemical Peels
Having a chemical peel done involves applying a chemical solution to the skin that will eventually cause it to exfoliate and peel off. This reveals a new layer of skin that is typically smoother and younger-looking. There are three different types of chemical peels out there:
- Superficial: Also referred to as a “lunchtime peel,” this is the least intensive of all of the options. A mild acid, typically alpha-hydroxy, is used. This typically only penetrates the top layer of skin.
- Medium: This type of peel goes a little deeper and penetrates more layers of skin. It is more effective for things such as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. A medium peel typically uses glycolic or trichloroacetic acid.
- Deep: More intense than the others, a deep peel is usually only performed once. It uses trichloroacetic acid or phenol to reach even deeper than a medium peel. This peel can help with scarring and makes a dramatic improvement to the appearance of the face.
What Can Chemical Peels Treat?
Having this treatment helps with a wide variety of skin imperfections, all at the same time. It can reduce the appearance of:
- Age spots
- Crow’s feet
- Acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sagging skin
- Aging skin
- Sun-damaged skin
What to Expect After a Chemical Peel
It is imperative to avoid sun exposure and smoking after your chemical peel. Failing to do so can lead to scarring or even infection. How long you will need to take special precautions will depend on which type of peel you had. Superficial peels typically take less than a week to heal. Medium peels can take 1-2 weeks, and deep peel can take 2-3 weeks. Antiviral medications are prescribed and a follow-up evaluation is required after a medium or deep peel. You will be given specific instructions that have been customized to your situation after your treatment.
The first step in the process is to sit down with the professionals at Silk MedSpa where we can develop a personalized treatment plan just for you. We are conveniently located in Mississauga, Toronto, and Thornhill. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and look forward to hearing from you! Contact us today to schedule your consultation!