Wishing it was possible for you to makeover your skin? We are born with a supple, smooth and blemish free layer of skin, but the gradual process of aging and many other factors can take away your shine and glow. Acne, fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, uneven skin tone, sun spots, and dark patches are just some of the issues that can make you want to hide your skin.

Chemical peels are the ideal non-invasive options for getting a quick skin makeover. Some of the conditions a medium chemical peel can address are:

• Hyperpigmentation
• Sagging skin
• Wrinkles
• Freckles
• Fine lines
• Scars
• Crows feet
• Sunspots
• Melasma or dark patches
• Acne Scars

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Our skin is made up of different layers. The outermost superficial layer called the epidermis waterproofs our body while the dermis of the middle layer has hair follicles, connective tissue and sweat glands. The innermost layer or hypodermis contains connective tissue and fat cells.

The dermis layer contains collagen and elastin which are two types of proteins that help maintain the skin’s texture, tone, and overall skin health. Age, sun damage, certain medications, and chronic health conditions can all hamper collagen and elastin production, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, an uneven skin tone, spots, and scars.

Chemical peels contain acids such as alpha-hydroxy acid, salicylic acid or phenol as the active ingredients and when applied on the skin, raise its pH or acidity level. This level of acidity is effective in breaking down the tough glue-like bonds between damaged skin cells. These broken down cells are exfoliated as the peel is removed.

Types Of Chemical Peels

There are different types of chemical peels categorized based on the strength of the acid and the layer of the skin to be treated. Superficial or light chemical peels contain alpha-hydroxy acid which is a mild acid that can correct uneven pigmentation or discoloration on the outer layer of the skin. These peels work only on the outer layer of the skin and as mild acids are used, the recovery time takes anywhere from two to seven days.

Medium chemical peels contain a stronger acid called trichloroacetic acid or TCA that penetrates into the middle layers of the skin to address scars, pigmentation, fine lines and dark patches. TCA is a stronger acid as compared to alpha-hydroxy acid and the recovery time is usually within two weeks.

Deep peels contain stronger acids like phenol which act on the innermost layers and stimulate the growth of new, healthy cells.

Achieve A Refreshed and Youthful Look with a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are ideal for achieve a stunning skin makeover without painful surgical techniques. Apart from your facial skin, chemical peels can also treat the skin on your hands, neck, and chest area. Your dermatologist will recommend the number of treatment sessions required and the type of chemical peel that is ideal for your skin.

The procedure is painless and takes anywhere from 15 minutes to less than an hour. Depending on the extent of damage or the size of the area that needs to be treated, the duration of the treatment could also vary.

Within a week, you will regain your youthful, rejuvenated skin that is free from spots, blemishes, scars or pigmentation.

Contact Our Office

At Schilling Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetics, we provide excellent procedures that can help patients achieve the look of their dreams. If you’re interested in learning more about chemical peels or another type of cosmetic surgery, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. John Schilling.