Fair and glowing skin is most people’s dream, and the good news is there are all kinds of remedies available to bring your dream to reality. In the list are chemical peels. The word ‘chemical’ makes this approach sound complicated, but that is nothing like it.
On the brighter side, applying this chemical solution gets rid of skin layers to give away that youthful skin hiding underneath. Additionally, the skin peel chemical minimizes wrinkles and enhances a smooth appearance that everyone will be dying to touch, maybe!
While we mainly focus on our faces which make the first impression, chemical peels are still applicable to the hands and neck, and at Wymore Laser & Anti-aging medicine, they offer chemical peels for acne scars and more.
Conditions That Chemical Peels Can Heal
Having a skin peel can minimize the following skin conditions:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Some types of acne
- Uneven skin tone
- Rough skin texture
- Dark patches (melasma)
- Precancerous scaly spots
Is a skin peel suitable for anyone?
Everyone’s condition is different, so are the objectives for getting certain chemical peels for skin. With that in mind, a dermatologist will have to establish the depth of your peel, and together you will determine the best approach based on the condition.
A chemical peel may not work if you want to combat sags, bulges, deep lines, or severe wrinkling. Instead, consider other cosmetic surgical procedures performed by a dermatologic surgeon.
If you have a darker skin tone, you are likely to get darker after the procedure. This condition is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. In that case, your dermatologist may consider a less aggressive treatment to minimize the risk.
Types of Chemical Peels
While deep peels are performed in an outpatient surgical facility, chemical peels are done in the dermatologist’s office. Doing a chemical peel at home is also common these days.
For starters, the specialist will tie your hair and clean your face; they might give you goggles to protect your eyes. Additionally, gauze may also be applied.
Your dermatologist will have to use a topical anesthetic to numb the area for deep peels. For large areas, they use regional anesthetics. The type of peels include:
To apply the chemical solution, say salicylic acid, your doctor will use a cotton ball, gauze, or brush. Once the treatment starts working, the effect is a skin whitening and probably a stinging sensation. To complete the exercise, the solution is removed, or your doctor may add a neutralizing solution.
The dermatologist will use gauze, a unique sponge, or an applicator with a cotton tip to apply the chemical solution for this peel. The solution may include a glycolic or trichloroacetic acid. When using trichloroacetic acid, it is called a blue peel due to the addition of a blue color. When the skin whitens, a cool compress is applied to the skin. For roughly twenty minutes, you will feel a stinging or burning sensation. For the medium peel, there is no need for a neutralizing solution. Instead, a hand-held fan will work just fine in cooling off your skin.
If you use the blue peel, that color will linger for several days and eventually disappear.
You will have to be sedated for this peel. With a cotton-tipped applicator, phenol is applied to the skin. As an effect, your skin may turn white or gray. Constant exposure to the acid is not advisable. Therefore, this treatment will happen in different portions of fifteen minutes.
Cost of chemical peels
First, the type of peel determines the cost. Other factors include location and the level of expertise of the doctor. But generally, light peels cost $150 while deep peels cost as much as $3000 or even more with the application of anesthesia and inclusion of hospital stays.
Unless for the first consultation visit, your insurance will not lend a helping hand as chemical peels are not considered cosmetic procedures.
Are chemical peels bad for your skin?
The skin is essential for protection, and constant exposure to chemicals may cause damage. That is why chemical peels are applied for short periods.
Which peel is best for the skin?
Based on the objective at hand, like whitening, toning, or lessening the wrinkle appearance, your dermatologist should help you determine the best peel that will work for you.
At Wymore Laser & Antiaging Medicine, their objective is to ensure you look and feel great about your skin. Our skin specialists and state-of-the-art technology ensure a smooth and satisfactory skin peel process. Voted as Orlando’s 2020 and 2021 premiere non-invasive clinic, you can rely on our quality skincare services, including chemical peels.