A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands. A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Sun exposure, acne, or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. Interested in a chemical or micro peels? Contact us to schedule your consultation!
A chemical peel can help improve:
What a chemical peel won’t do:
Chemical solutions are carefully applied to your skin to improve the texture by removing damaged outer layers. The chemicals used are phenol, trichloroacetic acid, and alphahydroxy acids. The formula used by your doctor will be adjusted to meet your particular needs.
There are three types of chemical peels:
A chemical peel is usually a very safe procedure when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. It happens infrequently, but you could develop an infection or scarring from chemical peels. For people with certain skin types, there is a risk of developing a temporary or permanent color change in the skin either lightening or darkening. Use of hormone medications or a family history of brownish discoloration on the face may increase the possibility of developing abnormal pigmentation. If you have suffered from cold sores (herpes) in the past, there is a risk of reactivation. Be sure to ask Dr Samson to prescribe medication to try and avoid an outbreak. There is increased risk if you have a history of keloids (scar tissue overgrowth) or any unusual scarring tendencies.
You are likely to experience some mild redness, skin flaking, and irritation from a light chemical peel for a few days. Recovery is rapid, and after repeated treatments, these side effects will likely subside.
When trichloroacetic acid is used in a medium chemical peel, you’ll experience some redness, stinging and skin crusting just like a light chemical peel. Although these chemicals won’t bleach your skin, you may see some color changes. Peeling and swelling lasts longer than in a light peel, and is usually complete in 7 days. You’re advised to avoid the sun for several months to protect that fresh new layer of skin.
A deep chemical peel requires that you have an adequate recovery time. You may return to work and some of your normal activities two weeks after treatment. At that point, your skin will be healed enough for you to wear makeup. Deep chemical facial peels will result in peeling, crusting, skin redness and discomfort for several days. Dr Samson may provide painkillers to keep you comfortable. Although the swelling is likely to disappear in about two weeks, your skin may remain red for up to three months. One treatment with a deep chemical peel will produce long-lasting and dramatic results that can last up to 10 years.
The cost of chemical and micro peels varies depending on the type of treatment you choose, the extent of the treatment, and other factors. Dr. Samson can give you an accurate cost estimate for your specific needs during a one-on-one consultation.
In order to achieve a more complete aesthetic appearance, some patients opt to have another cosmetic surgery done in conjunction with chemical peels. Such procedures may include facelift, eyelid and liposuction surgery.
To get an idea of the results you can achieve with chemical peels, view Dr. Samson’s chemical or micro peels before and after photos.
If you are interested in these or other cosmetic surgeries in the Daytona Beach, FL area, schedule a consultation by calling (386) 756-9400 or fill out our contact form.
Normal Amount of Skin Peeling from VI PEEL, a medium strength chemical peel.
Peels are a popular option for people looking to improve upon the appearance of their skin through chemical exfoliation. If you’re interested in brightening your complexion or diminishing the look of fine lines or uneven skin tone, acne scarring, or current acne activity, there are a few things you ought to know about chemical exfoliation, such as A VI Peel, which can improve your the health of your skin.
Chemical exfoliation can address a wide range of surface-level skin concerns. They’re especially popular for people who are interested in lessening the look of acne scarring or other sorts of uneven skin tone caused by aging or sun damage. Depending on the strength and number of applications, chemical exfoliation can also be used to address fine lines and wrinkles.
In addition to being used for cosmetic purposes, chemical peels are also sometimes recommended for medical purposes.
People who have spent a great deal of time in the sun are prone to precancerous lesions called actinic keratosis, which manifest as rough, scaly patches of skin that are often a shade or two darker than a person’s regular skin tone. These spots don’t always lead to cancer but can progress to squamous cell carcinoma, especially when left untreated.
For patients who have patches of actinic keratosis, physicians might recommend a chemical peel to address damaged cells and reduce the likelihood of cancer developing.
Generally, chemical peels are grouped into three types.
The light peel is sometimes called the “lunchtime peel” because you can have the procedure over your lunch break and return to work with no noticeable signs. These peels offer subtle improvements that show additional progress with subsequent applications. These lighter peels are done using milder chemicals such as alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid.
A medium chemical peel is often used to lessen acne scars, uneven skin pigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles. These peels usually result in skin that is noticeably smoother and fresher looking using trichloroacetic or salicylic acid, which can slough off skin cells from both the epidermis and the dermis.
The more intense peels address deeper wrinkles, sun-damage, significantly blotchy skin and heavier scarring. This type of peel may require a local anesthetic and a sedative to manage discomfort. Stronger chemicals — phenol, trichloroacetic acid and croton oil — penetrate to the lower dermal layer of the skin.
For lighter peels, like the kind you might get from an aesthetician at a spa, preparation is minimal when compared to the type a person would get as a part of medical treatment, though many of the principles are the same.
You’ll want to make sure your skin is hydrated and healthy and not irritated from sun exposure or a breakout. Depending on the peel, it might not be recommended for people with conditions such as dermatitis or rosacea or those on medications that increase skin sensitivity. You should also refrain from using any at-home products that might have an exfoliating effect.
Your recovery time after a chemical peel will vary based on the type of peel you’ve had.
After a lighter cosmetic peel, you might experience some redness, light flaking or irritation for a few days. A medium peel will result in similar symptoms, but the peeling, swelling and redness will last a few more days, or up to a week. It’s important to avoid wearing heavy makeup, and you should wear sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids as your skin recovers.
Medical peels may require several weeks or more of recovery time, during which you’ll need to follow specific care instructions that will likely include the application of additional topical treatments to help your skin fully heal itself. Hydration and sunscreen will be an absolute must, and you might be told to avoid the sun altogether.
No matter what your aesthetic, Samson Aesthetics offers a full range of cosmetic surgery services to clients in the Port Orange area and a long and successful track record in performing chemical peels to address a variety of skin concerns. Visit us online at samsonaesthetics.com or call us at 386-756-9400 to set up an appointment.