I’ve Heard of Chemical Peels, But Are They Right for Me?
Heard of chemical peels, but not quite sure what the process entails? A chemical peel procedure involves the use of an acidic solution to remove damaged and dead skin from the uppermost layers of the skin to deliver a refined and smooth texture. When carried out by a professional, a chemical peel can turn out to be one of the most effective and satisfying cosmetic treatments.
What Are Chemical Peels Used For?
There is a wide range of skin issues that chemical peels can treat. To begin, they can help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by eliminating the uppermost layer of the skin. This is a superficial layer that, once removed, can make your skin look fresh and youthful.
Usually, a light peel is more than enough to achieve this particular goal. However, if you have greater expectations, a moderate or deep peel may be a better option.
Chemical peels also help fix damage caused to the skin as a result of sun exposure. Too much exposure to the sun can cause premature aging. In fact, statistically speaking, 90% of the signs associated with the premature aging of the skin are due to excessive sun exposure.
However, with a chemical peel treatment, your skin can be restored, lending to a more youthful and healthy appearance.
Acne is another skin issue that can be corrected with chemical peels. Studies have shown that peels containing salicylic acid can reduce up to 75% of acne on the skin. Around 95% of patients have reported positive results for acne reduction after undergoing a chemical peel treatment. The chemical peels used to treat acne are usually of the light variety.
Finally, you can use chemical peels to treat scars as well. This is usually done with the help of moderate chemical peels. They penetrate the skin at a deeper level to stimulate the skin’s healing mechanism. However, for scars that are significant, deep chemical peels may be better suited.
According to clinical studies, it was found that phenol-based chemical peels reduce acne scars in 100% of patients. The overall reduction in the severity of the scars was estimated to be around 75%.
Are Chemical Peels Safe?
Adverse reactions from chemical peels are extremely rare and often include numbness, infection or scarring. Other than that, it is normal to experience some mild side effects such as redness, peeling, mild irritation, etc with mild to moderate peels. These side effects will subside on their own with time.
The recovery time for deep peels is longer since the after-effects, such as crusting or peeling, take longer to heal. Again, the crusting and peeling are normal side effects that pose no danger to one’s health or appearance.
Other than that, there are certain conditions that have to be met by patients before undergoing chemical peel procedures. These conditions will be established by your doctor after he/she goes through your medical history.
Most doctors will discuss the various aspects of a chemical peel treatment with you in order to set expectations and goals. They will also discuss the risks and benefits. So, it is important to schedule a consultation with a skilled cosmetic surgeon to learn more.
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If you would like to learn more about chemical peels with a cosmetic surgeon you can trust, contact Schilling Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetics to schedule your consultation today. Your journey to a vibrant and beautiful skin starts now!