Peeling Back The Layers – 6 Facts About Chemical Peels
Have you always been curious about chemical peels but just didn’t know where to start? At LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX near San Marcos, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Austin, and Houston, TX, board-certified medical doctor Dr. Melanie Carreon and her team of expert aestheticians are highly knowledgeable and experienced in performing a wide variety of chemical peel treatments and can help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming world of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures to determine which treatment(s) is right for you.
To better understand what a chemical peel is, how it works, and the ways it can improve your skin, here are six important facts:
Different types of chemical peels.
A chemical peel is a customized treatment which uses an acidic solution to remove the outer layer(s) of skin on your face. Some of the most common types of chemical peels include:
- Glycolic acid peel: the most popular chemical peel, though it is not necessarily the best choice for all skin types. Your aesthetician can consult with you on which chemical peel may best fit your needs.
- Salicylic acid peel: useful for patients with oily skin, acne, and heavily clogged pores.
- Lactic acid peel: best employed for patients with dry skin, pigmented skin, or age-related issues. This peel can be used more often than some of the other types of peels.
- TCA peel: with the use of powerful trichloroacetic acid (TCA), this peel is ideal for patients with significantly damaged skin.
Not all chemical peels are created equal.
In addition to the various acid solutions used in the different types of chemical peels, each peel can also be applied in various strengths depending on the patient’s needs, level of pain tolerance, and available recovery time. Board-certified medical doctor Dr. Melanie Carreon and the team of caring aestheticians at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX are dedicated to providing the highest level of patient service to individuals in San Marcos, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Austin, and Houston, TX, and will take the time to evaluate your case, discuss your goals, and answer all of your questions in order to recommend the best type and level of chemical peel for you. Depending on your needs, one of the following levels of treatment may be right for you:
- Light peel: While it is the least aggressive level of treatment, a light peel is still highly effective and can be performed conveniently over a lunch hour with virtually no downtime. During a light peel, only the top layer of the skin is removed, resulting in an overall brighter and softer facial appearance.
- Medium-depth peel: Better suited for patients seeking a slightly more aggressive treatment, medium-depth peels can treat deeper wrinkles and darker pigmentation issues. During this level of treatment, patients should expect more discomfort and plan for 3-4 days of recovery.
- Deep peel: A deep peel is the most aggressive level of chemical peel and can be significantly uncomfortable for patients. At LCS Medical Spa, we are highly focused on patient care and offer a topical anesthetic and post-procedure pain management solutions for our chemical peel patients. Following a deep peel, patients should plan to have swelling, peeling, and itchy skin for a few weeks.
What conditions can be improved with a chemical peel?
Thanks to the wide array of acid solutions and treatment levels, chemical peels can be used to improve a large number of facial skin issues including:
- Overall skin texture
- Lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth
- Acne/acne scars
- Age spots
- Sun damage
During your initial consultation, the professional team at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX near Austin, Houston, New Braunfels, San Marcos, and San Antonio, TX will thoroughly evaluate your skin and put together a plan of action that will help you best achieve your goals.
Is a chemical peel just for the face?
While technically a facial treatment only, chemical peels can also be applied to the neck. Oftentimes, the delicate skin on the neck shows more significant signs of aging than on the face. While we are conditioned from a young age to constantly protect our face with sunscreen, makeup, and hats while in the sun, the neck typically doesn’t receive the same kind of attention and is routinely exposed to the sun without any protection. Over the course of many years, lines, wrinkles, sun spots, freckling, and more can become prominent on the neck and make patients appear older than they are. Chemical peels can help treat these conditions on the neck similarly to the way they treat the facial skin.
Are the results of a chemical peel permanent?
As with most cosmetic procedures, the results are not permanent, though you can prolong their effects by practicing good post-treatment habits. However, routine treatments over a long period of time are recommended to achieve the best and most consistent results. Some of the least aggressive peels can be performed as often as every week or two, while the strongest peels should have much longer stretches between applications. The qualified providers at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX will create a customized treatment calendar to fit your needs.
What is the first step toward getting a chemical peel?
If you think a chemical peel may be right for you, the most important step is selecting an experienced, board-certified, and knowledgeable provider. Dr. Melanie Carreon and the team of trained aestheticians at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX are dedicated to providing the highest level of patient care and service. Call our office to schedule your consultation today, and take the first step toward peeling back the layers – literally – and getting a fresh, new, beautiful look!