Chemical peels effectively slough away damaged skin cells to reveal a fresh-faced appearance after treatment. Chemical peels may be used to combat the natural signs of aging but may also be used to treat skin conditions, such as acne scars, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation.
What is a Chemical Peel?
There are three main types of chemical peels. The severity of your skin condition, as well as your skin type and esthetic preferences, will determine the type of peel you receive.
- Superficial peels: A light chemical peel removes only the outermost layer of skin using a mild acid, such as alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, lactic, glycolic, or salicylic. Healing takes around 1–7 days.
- Medium peel: A slightly stronger solution is applied to remove damaged cells from the outer and some middle layers of skin. Healing takes around 1–2 weeks with a medium peel.
- Deep peel: A deep chemical peel is the most intense treatment and requires a very strong chemical solution to treat damaged cells from the middle layers of the skin. Healing takes between 2–3 weeks after a deep peel.
At Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery, your safety and comfort come first. We may prescribe a mild sedative to help you relax, and we will use a topical anesthetic cream to enhance your comfort during the chemical peel process. A mild stinging sensation may be experienced during a chemical peel; the deeper the peel, the stronger the sensation.
It is very important to practice proper at-home care while you heal. Avoid sun exposure until your skin is healing and wear sunscreen after it has healed.
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