What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a skin rejuvenation treatment which is designed to peel away the wrinkled layer of skin so it can regenerate. After application of the peel, the skin is softer and more refined, thereby resulting in a more youthful looking appearance. Also known as chemexfoliation, chemical peels provide a non-invasive way to enhance one’s facial appearance. While chemical peels are often used for smoothing the face, they also are recommended for improving the skin on the neck and hands.
What Types of Chemical Peels Are Used?
Chemical peels may take the form of phenol peels (for deep skin conditioning), retinoic peels (which remove irregular pigmentation and lessen the appearance of scars), and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels, which are recommended for Phoenix and Scotssdale patients with darker skin tones.
Superficial peels include beta hydroxyl acid (BHA) peels and alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) peels. AHA peels are designed for treating deep wrinkles while BHA peels are primarily used for patients suffering from acne.
Who Can Benefit from a Chemical Peel?
Patients who benefit from chemical peels often suffer from such dermatological conditions as sun damage, irregular pigmentation, scarring, acne, wrinkling, fine lines, dry skin, or liver spots. People with lighter skin tones are better candidates than patients with darker skins as they have fewer problems with blotchiness. Candidates who have severe wrinkling typically will benefit more from a facial filler or a facelift.
Do I Have to Do Anything to Prepare for a Peel?
To reduce the risk for infection, Phoenix and Scottsdale patients who smoke are advised to quit or cut down on the activity. In addition, patients with darker skin may be advised to apply Retin-A or glycolic acid to the area to prevent blotchiness.
How Long Does It Take to Heal from the Treatment?
Typically, it takes about two weeks for the skin to recover from the procedure.
Is Anesthesia Required?
For light chemical peels, anesthesia is not required. However, medium peels, such as TCA peels, may necessitate the use of a pain reliever to minimize discomfort. Local anesthetics are often used for deep peels, such as phenol peels.
How Many Peels Are Required to Obtain the Desired Results?
Chemical peels used to treat fine wrinkles or acne generally requires about four treatments within a span of a couple of months. Medium peels, such as retinoic peels, require about two office visits while deep peels call for only one appointment.
How Long Does a Chemical Peel Last?
Light peels generally last up to a month while medium peels last about a year. Deep peels provide results that last about two years.
What Does After-Care Treatment Involve?
If you elect to have a superficial peel, such as an AHA peel, then you’ll need to apply a moisturizing cream following the procedure and take care to stay out of the sun. Patients receiving medium or deep peels usually need to soak the site and apply ointment regularly. An antiviral medication is generally prescribed to reduce the chance for infection.
To schedule a consultation for Chemical Peels with Dr. Meger in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, please call us at 602-957-6000.