Learn More About Facial Peels
A facial peel, also called a chemical peel, is a nonsurgical treatment done to rejuvenate the complexion. Chemical peels can address a wide array of skin conditions, including acne and acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rough skin, and sun-damaged skin.
Chemical peels are one of our most requested cosmetic procedures and come in a variety of types: superficial, medium, and deep.
This treatment is a mild peel which removes the aging surface cells from the skin’s upper layers. It is suitable for treating skin concerns such as a dull complexion, acne, uneven skin tone, or enlarged pores.
Superficial concentrations of this mild exfoliating peel vary to achieve your desired result, often within 10-15 minutes, hence the “lunchtime peel” description. Typically, the skin will be red and flaky, and many patients describe a tingly or warm sensation. A fresher, lighter skin tone with smoother texture is often the result, after a series of peels in increasing strength over 1-3 weekly intervals.
This is a medium depth peel that frosts away mild skin discolorations, superficial wrinkles, and corrects pigment problems. “TCA” stands for trichloroacetic acid, which is the active ingredient in this type of peel. This treatment works by denaturing keratin proteins in the skin, which lightens the complexion and causes the top layer to peel away. The treatments take from 5 to 20 minutes depending on the peel chosen, and there is typically mild discomfort. In several days, the new skin will be apparent.
A deeper peel for more advanced sun damage, discoloration, and surface irregularities. In particular, this peel can be useful in treating the deep, vertical lines that form around the mouth, sometimes called “marionette lines.” Unlike other types of chemical peels, Phenol peels do not require multiple sessions.
While Phenol peels typically treat signs of aging, they may also be used to treat acne and other skin concerns that affect people at younger ages. However, this deeper, more extensive peel should only be used when the skin concern is relatively severe. Dr. Shienbaum will advise whether you are a suitable candidate for this treatment.
Overall, recovery time will depend on the type of peel applied; the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery time. Lighter types of chemical peels will require about a week of recovery time, while deeper peels such as Phenol peels may take two weeks to heal.
During the recovery process, it’s typical for the skin to be irritated, swollen, and red. It may become discolored and form crusts as the new skin heals. Dr. Shienbaum will give you specific recovery and aftercare instructions on the proper steps for washing and moisturizing your face as the skin heals. Overall, you should always avoid sun exposure and refrain from applying makeup until the skin has healed. Ice packs or cool fans can be used to alleviate any swelling or discomfort during the recovery process.
Take the first step towards more radiant skin with facial peels in Brandon by contacting our office today!