Flawless, beautiful skin boosts your confidence and gives other people a particular impression of you. Conversely, imperfections such as sunburns, scarring, acne spots, and fine lines may be a source of low self-esteem. Most of the skin irregularities such as age spots and fine lines are a result of aging. Although aging is a natural process that you cannot stop, chemical peel in Memphis may minimize its undesirable side effects. The treatment is customized to meet your specific needs and help you meet your radiant, even, and younger-looking skin goals.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of your skin’s top layer using chemical solutions such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, or phenol. These solutions cause trauma to your skin in different depths, depending on the type of chemical your specialist uses. For example, a light chemical peel causes minor injuries than a deep chemical peel. The injured layers of your skin eventually peel off, and new skin, which is smoother and firmer, grows back.
Types of a chemical peel
A light chemical peel
This type of chemical peel offers subtle results and requires multiple treatment sessions. The chemical solution used causes trauma to your skin’s upper layer (epidermis). A light chemical peel is a good choice for patients with acne, fine wrinkling, hyperpigmentation, and sun-damaged skin. People with severe wrinkling may not be ideal candidates for this procedure. Most patients require little to no downtime after a light chemical peel, as recovery may be within hours or a few days.
Medium chemical peel
A medium chemical peel removes the outermost layer of your skin and parts of the middle skin – dermis. The outcome is usually smooth skin with no imperfections. It is an effective procedure for people with age spots, acne scarring, skin discoloring, and fine to moderate wrinkles. Just like a light chemical peel, you may require subsequent treatment to achieve desired results. However, a medium chemical peel requires more recovery time of a week or more.
Deep chemical peel
The chemical used in a deep chemical peel penetrates the lower middle layer of your skin and is the best choice for patients who want dramatic results. Your doctor may recommend this type of procedure if you have deep acne scars, severe sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, and blotchy skin. It can also be used for pre-cancerous growths known as actinic keratosis. Unlike light and moderate peeling, a deep chemical peel is a one-time treatment that requires pretreatment of up to eight weeks.
How to prepare for a chemical peel
Initial consultation with your doctor or specialist is necessary, just like with other treatments. A discussion with your doctor will help you understand what the process involves, its risks, and whether it is a suitable treatment method for you. It also gives you a chance to discuss your expectations with your doctor, learn how many treatment sessions you may need, and what to do after the procedure.
The results you get after a chemical peel depend on your doctor’s expertise. If you have been considering a chemical peel, book for discussion with your specialist at A Beautiful You Medical Spa to start your journey to skin perfection.