Chemical peels exfoliate the damaged outer layer of the skin, triggering the healing process in which a new fresh layer of skin emarges. In this process, a chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes exfoliation. The top layer of old, damaged skin peels off revealing new, regenerated skin. Peels are an extrememly effective method of treating:
- Fine lines
There are three basic types of chemical peels:
- Superficial or lunchtime peel: Alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands.
- Medium peel: Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate the out and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths, i.e. actinic keratosis.
- Deep peel: Tricholoracetic acid or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. Patients will see a dramatic improvement in skin appearance. The procedure is used on the face and only can be performed once.
Chemical peels can also be part of a comprehensive treatment plan for skin restoration or rejuvenation including microdermabrasion, light devices and laser treatments to achieve smooth texture, even color and great tone.