Chemical peels are a mixture of solutions applied to the skin to enhance its cosmetic appearance. There are a variety of strengths and formations for different purposes. Some even have a medical indication that can be used to treat precancerous lesions like actinic keratosis. If you’re interested in finding out more about how this quick procedure can improve your skin, call us today or request an appointment online.
What are chemical peels?
What is a treatment with a chemical peel like?
Chemical peels are easily performed in a 30-minute appointment session. When you arrive, your skin is cleaned and prepared for the procedure. Topical numbing cream is applied to the skin and begins to work almost immediately. For deeper peeling, we sometimes add a nerve block to ensure complete comfort. The chemical peeling agent is then applied to the skin. Several passes of the solution are used to cover the skin. After that, the skin is cleaned and a calming cream applied. You are then ready to go.
With superficial and medium depth chemical peels, you’re able to resume normal activities and go back to work immediately. We recommend avoiding the sun for a few days, but you can wear makeup the following day.
For deep chemical peels, the skin remains red for a few days after the procedure, and it resembles a deep sunburn. Most patients take a day or two off or have this procedure performed before the weekend to allow themselves some time to heal.
Does a chemical peel hurt?
No. Before we begin, we ensure that you are completely comfortable. We’ll use topical numbing cream or for a deep chemical peel we can provide total anesthesia via a nerve block.
What is a combination peel?
For patients seeking a more dramatic improvement of their skin, we combine multiple chemical peels and sometimes incorporate microneedling. Because microneedling induces invisible micro wounds to the skin, the chemical peeling agent is able to travel deeply into the dermis. This results in a significant improvement of the skin after just one treatment.
During a chemical peel we are also able to use neurotoxins such as Botox or dermal fillers like Juvederm to further enhance the skin.
How many treatments will I need?
Most all of our patients see an improvement in their skin texture and quality after one treatment. By selecting the appropriate chemical peel to use and the desired depth of treatment, we can predict the amount of improvement one will see. So rather than performing multiple treatments, we often use a deeper peeling agent for those seeking a more dramatic result.
I’m ready to try a chemical peel, what should I do next?
Give us a call or request an appointment online today to see which chemical peeling agent is best for you. Many people in Orange County have benefited from having chemical peels to improve their appearance or reduce the amount of fine lines and wrinkles.
We can discuss the various treatment options available including chemical peels to determine which treatment is best for your skin and goals.