Every year, millions of individuals undergo a chemical peel. There are a number of different chemical peeling agents that can be used, so you might be wondering what type is best for your skin. Today, there is no shortage of interest in skin rejuvenation.
Mariposa MedSpa in Edmond and Oklahoma City offer chemical peel treatments to help restore youthful, glowing skin. Our expertly trained medical staff can help you get the results you want with a rejuvenating chemical peel. To schedule your consultation, contact Mariposa MedSpa today.
You’ve probably heard about chemical peels, but don’t know what they can do for you. It’s a good idea to view this type of treatment as an alternative to a laser facial. The biggest difference between laser facials and chemical peels is the cost, and the laser facial is usually much more expensive.
Chemical peels can be used to quickly remove dark spots, freckles, skin imperfections, small scars, fine lines and dead skin cells. They also work well for removing imperfections that are caused by the sun and hormone changes.
A chemical peel is a controlled treatment, and you can have it performed on your chest, neck or face. For very intense peels, a physician is needed – like those here at Mariposa MedSpa – and most patients are treated with this procedure on an outpatient basis
A peel is a very effective way to renew your skin texture. It will also remove dead skin cells and promote new skin growth. It’s likely that you’ll experience smaller pores and brighter, tighter skin as a result of getting a chemical peel. Before you undergo a peel, you need to know what type of peel is the right fit for your specific type of skin.
The Low-grade Peel
This is a chemical peel that uses AHA or hydroxy acid. You can view this chemical peel as an entry level procedure; it’s most effective on the surface, which means it doesn’t penetrate much deeper than the top layer of your skin.
You can benefit from a low-grade peel if your skin texture is rough or dry. It’s not uncommon for this chemical peel to be mixed with bleaching agents, which help to reduce the appearance of sun damage, skin discoloration, dark spots, aging and hormonal damage. A typical AHA peel requires about 10 minutes.
These types of peels will cause your skin to look extremely sunburnt for approximately five days. It will make skin dry and red and cause it to peel, which is completely normal. Fortunately, you can undergo this peel and immediately continue your daily lifestyle.
The Medium-grade Peel
If your skin has slight imperfections, surface-level acne and fine lines, then you can benefit from this treatment. This chemical peel uses trichloroacetic acid or TCA. You will find that this peel takes about 15 minutes, and it’s a peel that is best for people who have dark skin.
If you decide to undergo this type of peel, it’s possible that you’ll need two or more sessions, which will need to be scheduled over a few months.
Once you’ve undergone this procedure, peeling, scabbing, redness and mild swelling are common side effects, which go away with time.
You will need up to 10 days of downtime for this peel, but depending on how fast your skin heals, you might not need 10 full days of downtime.
The High-grade Peel
For this chemical peel, phenol or carbolic acid is used. If you have deep skin imperfections, dark spots and wrinkles, then you can benefit from this procedure.
It’s important to understand that a phenol peel is quite intense, and you can only have it performed on your face because it will scar other regions of the body.
A phenol peel requires general anesthesia and must be performed by a qualified physician. Heavy swelling is common with this peel, and you might even find your eyes are swollen shut.
You might need to wear bandages for two days. This type of peel can require three weeks of recovery time. All you have to do now is decide if you want to undergo the chemical peel that is best for your type of skin.