Almost everyone has aspects of their skin they’d like to improve – whether it is reducing the visibility of a scar, treating sun damage, or simply making age spots and wrinkles fade.
Chemical peels can improve the skin’s appearance. While the intensity and purpose of the peels may vary, all involve applying a topical solution to the skin, revealing smoother, less-wrinkled skin.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions…
Who is a candidate?
Almost all patients can enjoy the benefits of peels. Depending on your skin tone and type, some peels will be better for you than others. We will recommend the best choice for your situation. Skin sags, bulges and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels and may best be treated with other procedures.
How is the procedure done?
First, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned. Next, the treatment solutions will be applied to small areas of your skin to create a controlled “peel”, letting new skin take its place.
Is a chemical peel painful?
This depends on the peel used. Some peels are not painful at all. Others create a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by some stinging. Using cool compresses afterwards may ease the stinging.
What happens after the peel?
Depending on the type of chemical peel, most patients experience a reaction similar to a sunburn. Peeling usually involves redness and scaling that ends within a few days or a week. Afterwards, the new skin is revealed.
How often can a chemical peel be repeated?
Mild peels can be repeated every one to four weeks until the desired look is achieved. Stronger peels will need to be spaced farther apart. Regardless of the type of peel, all patient’s skin will be more sensitive to the sun – so using strong sunscreen and even avoiding the sun is recommended.
What are the types of peels?
At Lewisville Laser, we offer many types of peels and often customize a peel to a patient’s specific needs. Our most popular peels include:
SilkPeel – microdermabrasion with one of four, customized topical dermaceuticals
Lactic Peel – a great peel for first time users that promotes hydration while giving a professional exfoliation using blueberry enzymes.
Modified Jessner – a unique, professional exfoliant, which provides a mild but effective way to achieve skin sloughing
Other peels we offer include:
- Vivite Glycolic
- Salicylic Peel
- TCA 80 Spot Treatment
- Acne Facial
- Galvanic Treatment