What are peels?
A peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands.
A solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off.
The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
How does it work?
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 outer 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.
Am I a good candidate?
Anybody with the following are good candidates for this treatment:
- Acne scars
- Aging skin
- Crow’s feet
- Sun damaged skin
- Sagging skin