The Rejuvenating and Repairing Effect of a Chemical Peel on Your Skin
Who doesn’t want healthy-looking, glowing skin? Remove layers of damaged skin, and possibly years from your appearance, with a chemical peel.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you could turn back the hands of time? Get rid of wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars? Enjoy skin that is more even in color, tone, and texture? For many patients in the Greater Southeast Texas communities of Austin, Houston, San Antonio, San Marcos, and New Braunfels, a chemical peel can do precisely that.
This tried-and-true treatment works to improve imperfections by removing the outermost layers of dead skin cells, which are replaced by refreshed, glowing, healthier-looking skin. When performed by board-certified physician Dr. Melanie Carreon or our Aestheticians at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX, the results can be remarkable. Read on to learn about the restorative benefits of chemical peels.
What is a chemical peel?
Designed to exfoliate and remove the damaged top layers of skin on the face, neck, and hands, chemical peels vary in strength. Because it is not a one-size-fits-all treatment, the depth, strength, and duration of chemical peels are customized by Dr. Carreon at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX to address each patient’s skin type and needs. Specially formulated solutions, which feature glycolic, salicylic, lactic, and trichloroacetic acid, are applied. This causes the upper layers of the skin to dissolve and prompts the body to go into repair mode. Within days, the skin crusts and sloughs off to reveal softer, smoother, slightly tighter skin that features fewer imperfections.
Issues addressed by a chemical peel
Chemical peels are effective for improving the appearance of age spots, acne blemishes and scars, crow’s feet and other wrinkles, sun-damaged and hyperpigmented skin. It also may smooth skin that is uneven or rough-textured. A series of light-depth peels can be performed over several months to treat the top layer of the skin, called the epidermis. Meanwhile, medium peels address significant pigmentation issues and wrinkles. Deep peels are the most advanced type of chemical peels. This aggressive treatment is designed to correct extremely dark age spots, deep wrinkles, and severe acne scars.
Who is a candidate for a chemical peel?
Patients who are displeased with fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots and acne scars on their skin, as well as those who struggle with hyperpigmentation, flaky skin, uneven skin texture, color, and tone may be good candidates for a chemical peel.
In general, light peels usually are suitable for most skin types. However, because they only remove the topmost layers of skin, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve optimal results. Men and women who wish to remove mild wrinkles may see better results with a medium peel. However, because deep peels remove additional layers of skin, patients with dark skin colors may witness lines on the skin between areas that are treated. Dr. Carreon of LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX can determine which level of chemical peel will give patients the results they desire.
For patients with a history of certain skin conditions, such as abnormal scarring and frequent cold sores that can make the skin more sensitive, chemical peels may not be advisable. Also, those whose complexion or skin tone is naturally dark, or who have recently undergone acne treatment with certain acne medications, may need to consider alternative methods to improve the appearance of their skin. It may be necessary for patients to stop taking some medications in advance of their chemical peel to allow time for the skin to prepare for the treatment. Also, it is important to remember that deep-set wrinkles and areas of bulging or sagging skin generally do not respond to chemical peels. In such cases, other treatments may be recommended.
What are the benefits of chemical peels?
While skin-care creams, lotions, and serums can help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, their results usually are limited and take longer to achieve than with a chemical peel. Acne blemishes as well as resulting scars, can also be minimized more effectively with a chemical peel. Sun damage, as well as dark patches called melasma, can be improved. The exfoliation that occurs as a result of the procedure effectively boosts the production of collagen in the skin and increases the rate of cell turnover to create a smoother, younger-looking appearance.
What happens during a chemical peel?
At LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX, patients from all over the Greater Southeast Texas communities of Austin, Houston, San Antonio, San Marcos, and New Braunfels are made to feel as comfortable as possible before their chemical peel treatment. During a planning session for your treatment, Dr. Carreon will determine which level of chemical peel will more than likely achieve your desired results. Skin in the area designated for treatment will be cleaned before the customized chemical solution is gently brushed onto the face and, if necessary, the neck. It will be allowed to set for a predetermined amount of time before being washed off, after which a neutralizing agent will be applied.
Recovery and results
Because the skin will be sensitive following treatment, patients are advised to wear sunscreen and a hat to help avoid direct sun exposure. Dr. Carreon and the experienced aestheticians at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX will provide you with specific care instructions to follow after your chemical peel. For up to a week following a light peel, patients may notice that their skin appears lighter or darker, however, this will be temporary. For those undergoing a medium peel, the skin requires about seven days to recover. Initially, it will swell as it crusts and brown patches form before being shed naturally to reveal the new, rejuvenated skin beneath. Patients may experience more intense swelling and discomfort following a deep chemical peel. The related skin redness may last a month or longer and it may take up to two weeks following the procedure for new skin to develop.
The results of a chemical peel can be truly remarkable. With just a light peel, it may reduce the appearance of fine lines as well as improve skin texture and tone. As treatments are repeated, the results should improve even more. Following a medium peel, noticeably smoother skin may be experienced. Meanwhile, a deep chemical peel can dramatically improve the overall appearance of the skin and produce extremely long-lasting results.
Is a chemical peel for you?
Are you ready to put your best face forward? Chemical peels remove layers of damaged skin that are replaced with fresh, healthy skin capable of giving patients a more youthful, healthy-looking glow. Men and women in Greater Southeast Texas communities of Austin, Houston, San Antonio, San Marcos, and New Braunfels are encouraged to schedule an appointment with board-certified physician Dr. Melanie Carreon at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX and discover the benefits of this transformative treatment.