Chemical peels are one of the most powerful and versatile skin treatments available today. Whether you are dealing with signs of sun damage, wrinkles, scars, hyperpigmentation, and more, there is a peel available to help. No incisions are necessary, and no downtime is needed in many cases.
A chemical peel is a medical-grade solution applied to the skin to peel away part of the outer skin layer to foster the development of new skin tissue. This new skin will mature and rise up to replace old, damaged skin affected by signs of aging, sun damage, and more.
Each peel contains different ingredients, depending upon what is needed for your individual situation. Chemical peels are categorized as light, medium, and deep, based upon their depth of penetration. Peels are also classified by their ingredients, strength of concentration, and what they are used for.
Dull Complexion and Enlarged Pores
Over time, dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, blocking its natural glow. A peel containing gentle acids like lactic or glycolic acid can help remove this skin buildup and reveal fresh skin underneath. It is also effective at enhancing product absorption and reducing superficial wrinkles. This type of peel does not normally require sedation or downtime.
If you are dealing with signs of aging like light lines and wrinkles, a medium depth chemical peel containing an acid like TCA is usually your best bet. We apply the chemical solution to your skin for a prescribed amount of time, then we rinse it off and neutralize the solution. This type of treatment is best for light wrinkles, superficial acne scars, and hyperpigmentation. Some downtime and sedation may be required.
Deep Scars and Wrinkles
Phenol or carbolic acid are the solutions of choice for deep scars and deeper wrinkles, as well as hyperpigmentation and stretch marks. This powerful type of peel is normally only used once. It will require sedation and quite a bit of downtime so that your skin has time to fully recover and remodel itself.
Chemical Peels Recovery
The type of recovery that you will undergo depends upon what type of chemical peel was performed. Light peels do not typically require much, if any, downtime. Medium and deep peels often require a good bit of downtime while your skin heals and remodels.
If you would like to explore how chemical peels can enhance the appearance of your skin, get in touch with our team at Lux: A Medical Spa in Bluffton, SC. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!