If you’re looking for a quick way to remove the old, dirty skin on your face and replace it with younger-looking skin, a chemical peel is one of your best options. Chemical peels are a non-invasive and non-surgical way to give your face a youthful refresh.
How do Chemical Peels Work?
Despite the scary-sounding name, chemical peels don’t make your skin melt away, and they don’t turn you into a snake shedding its skin. The chemicals used simply remove the outer layer of skin, allowing the newer skin underneath to show. There is some peeling and flaking of your skin involved, but this is easily managed with moisturizers.
Chemical peels are also a great way to encourage your skin to produce more collagen. Collagen is what gives the skin its elasticity and youthful look, and it’s what the body produces when it senses an injury to the skin. Your body sees the work done by the chemical peel as an injury to the body, so while the outermost layer of skin is being removed, the layers underneath it are producing healthy collagen.
Types of Chemical Peels
While all chemical peels work the same way, the ingredients that make them up, and their goals, will differ. Aspira Plastic Surgery offers two kinds of chemical peels: Superficial peels and medium-depth procedures. Just as the names suggest, each of these different procedures penetrates to a different level of your skin.
Superficial peels will be composed of alphahydroxy acid (glycolic, fruit, or lactic acids) and seek to remove just the outermost layer of the skin. Superficial peels are lighter procedures. The amount of time for the procedure, as well as the length of its side effects, are shorter and don’t last as long.
Medium-depth peels use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) for the peel. These penetrate deeper into the skin to encourage a greater amount of collagen production and to remove even more of the older skin. The recovery time for these procedures is slightly longer, but they result in brighter skin.
Every patient’s results will vary and chemical peel’s side effects will depend on the amount of area being treated, and depth of the peel. The best thing you can do for your face after your appointment is to keep the skin moisturized and protected from the sun. You may feel stinging and tenderness around the treated areas and your face may swell and bruise for a few hours after your treatment. However, these side effects are mild and short-term.
There will be some slight scarring and flaking of the skin as the peel begins to work, but the use of skin creams and sunscreen will assist in removing the old skin, and protecting the new skin.
Chemical peels are one of the most popular ways to keep your skin bright and young. Call our Austin, TX office today and schedule your chemical peel consultation.