Modern dermatology has made it easier than ever to look great and feel even better. Countless treatments are available to improve your skin, reverse the effects of sun damage and even remove wrinkles and lines. Chemical peels give you a clear, even skin tone to create a strong foundation for your natural beauty.
What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels, normally applied to the face, neck or hands, help improve the appearance of the skin. The chemical solution gently exfoliates the skin, causing it to peel off. This process generates new skin, which is smoother and less wrinkled than the skin before. Chemical peels come in three strengths: light, medium and deep. Your doctor can help determine which peel is best for you based on the condition of your skin.
What can chemical peels treat?
Chemical peels give a generally brighter, more even skin tone. They can also be used to treat the following conditions:
- acne scarring
- crows feet
- aged skin
- sun damage
- sagging skin
- wrinkled skin
Chemical peels work best on those with fair hair and skin. Chemical peels should not be preformed on nursing or pregnant women, those individuals taking certain medications like Accutane, those using certain prescription skincare products or people who have skin conditions like eczema or rosacea.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Different types of chemical peels use different kinds of chemicals. Your doctor applies the chemical solution to your face using a cotton ball or gauze. During a light peel, a neutralizing solution helps remove the chemicals from the skin when the treatment is over. If you choose for a deep chemical peel, your doctor gives you IV fluids before the procedure. Your heart rate is also monitored. This procedure usually happens in several segments over the course of about an 90 minutes.
After the procedure, you are expected to follow your doctor’s instructions on moisturizing and cleansing your skin. You should stay out of the sun for at least a week after the peel as your skin will be very sensitive to UV light. Deeper chemical peels require longer healing times.
For more information about chemical peels, please contact Dr. Alan Rockoff, MD at The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Andover, MA. Call (617) 731-2390 to schedule your chemical peel appointment today!