Our skin takes a beating on a daily basis, damaged by myriad factors, including stress, sunlight, food choices, habits like smoking, pollution, and more. As a result, the signs of aging can often start to appear fairly early–in our 30s or even late 20s.No one wants to start looking older, and fortunately, there are many ways to look more youthful once the process is underway.
Recently, however, people have been interested in being more proactive with their anti-aging care, and some turn to treatments like Botox at a young age (as young as their early 20s in some cases), in hopes of preventing wrinkles before they form.
Another popular procedure, the chemical peel, can treat a number of skin problems, including those related to aging. But is this treatment a good idea for people who have not yet or barely noticed signs of aging?
What Is a Chemical Peel?
The chemical peel procedure involves a mixture of chemicals being applied to the skin for a predetermined amount of time in order to get rid of old skin cells, making way for smoother, fresher, healthier skin to form.
Chemical peel treatments are performed on an outpatient basis, and may take up to 14 days of recovery time, depending on the depth of the peel. Light, superficial peels require much less downtime. The procedure has a certain amount of flexibility, depending on the patient’s needs.
Uses for Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are low-risk and can produce great results. They are used to:
- Refresh and rejuvenate the skin
- Reduce lines and wrinkles
- Treat acne and acne scarring
- Improve discoloration and freckling
Results vary depending on several factors, including the formulation and depth of the peel.
A Good Choice for Young People?
The answer to whether or not chemical peels are good for young people is: Maybe. Chemical peels can be a good idea for certain young people who want to refresh their skin or treat light scarring, wrinkling, or discoloration, because the treatment is fairly minimally invasive for light peels.
For those looking to head off signs of aging, light chemical peels can be a good way to keep the skin looking youthful for longer.
There is no age limit on chemical peels, and these treatments can be a cost-effective way to refresh the skin or treat acne scarring. Deeper chemical peels are usually more appropriate for older patients. No one treatment is appropriate for everyone, however, and the best way to assess individual options is to visit a reputable plastic surgeon and get advice.
Talk to a Doctor You Can Trust
Although chemical peels aren’t surgical procedures, they do require knowledge and expertise to administer safely and effectively. If you’re interested in pursuing skin treatments or cosmetic surgery, you will need to set up consultations with prospective surgeons so you can explore your options and get an expert assessment.
For the best care in Austin, TX, come to Buckingham Center and meet with skilled, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham offers a wide range of facial procedures to suit every need and budget. For more information, call Buckingham Center at (512) 401-2500 to schedule your consultation.