A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to skin to peel away the top layers. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel is smoother and younger looking. Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles, skin discoloration and scars — typically on the face. A chemical peel can be done alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures. Chemical peels can be done at different depths — light, medium or deep — depending on your desired results. Each type of chemical peel uses a different chemical solution. Deeper chemical peels produce more-dramatic results, but also involve longer recovery times.
Chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons – to enhance your appearance and self-confidence – but it may also be recommended to remove pre-cancerous skin growths or soften acne facial scars.
Chemical peel is a good option if you:
Are physically healthy
Have mild, moderate or severe degree of facial aging
Have skin growths and/or acne facial scars
Have specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance.
The results from your chemical peel depend on the peel treatment used:
AHA (superficial) peels produce improvements to the skin that may be very subtle at first. You may first notice a healthier glow to your skin, and with continued treatments, you will notice a general improvement in the texture of your skin.
TCA (medium) peels result in skin that will be noticeably smoother and fresher looking. However, results from a TCA peel are usually not as long-lasting as those of phenol peel.
Phenol (intermediate to deep) peels lead to dramatic improvement in the surface of your skin – fewer fine wrinkles, fewer blemishes and more even-toned skin. Your results will be long-lasting, although not resistant to the effects of aging and sun exposure. Life-long sun protection is key to maintaining your results.