Our skin ages in predictable ways. It sags, wrinkles, and loses volume. We all experience aging differently, but time catches up to everyone. The good news? It’s getting easier and easier to delay the inevitable. Looking younger doesn’t have to mean complex and expensive treatments or surgery. Starting with gentler treatments early on can make a big difference. When you get a regimen going with a treatment like chemical peels, you can fight the clock and achieve fresh and youthful skin for years to come. Here’s what you need to know about these versatile and effective treatments!
What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that use different kinds of chemicals to refresh the skin. Peel treatments can be light skin refreshers or deep rejuvenation treatments, depending on the chemicals used. They’re so versatile because the type and depth of the peel can be customized to suit each patient.
What are the benefits of a chemical peel? In short, smoother, healthier skin. Their versatility makes them ideal for treating a number of skin concerns caused by aging, genetics, and sun damage. Here are just a few of the benefits different peels can offer:
- Smoother, more even complexion
- Younger, more vibrant-looking skin
- Fewer fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduction in acne
- Improvement of pigmentation issues
- Renewed natural “glow”
How Chemical Peels Work
Lots of skin treatments fight aging very simply: by encouraging the skin to renew itself. The body has the ability to repair and renew itself; it just needs a little help sometimes. Chemical peels work by carefully exfoliating the skin (light peels) or resurfacing the skin (intensive peels) to encourage cell turnover and skin renewal. As the dead and damaged skin peels away, bright new skin is revealed. After the treatment or series of treatments, and the skin appears refreshed and healthy.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are many different types of peels. The right peel for each patient depends on a number of factors including skin type and goals. Most facial plastic surgeons will recommend a peel type during the consultation, since every patient’s treatment is customized. Some popular peels include:
People with sensitive skin are often worried about how chemical peels will affect them. The Sensi Peel is a great option for sensitive and ethnic skin, because it’s gentle yet effective. Patients with acne, rosacea, and pigmentation issues will enjoy anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits.
Older patients, or those with dry skin often benefit from an Ultra Peel. These peels can be adjusted for different patients depending on how extensive the skin damage is. Ultra Peels are great for smokers’ skin, sun damage, acne, and pigmentation problems. The skin will appear plumper and smoother after treatment, yet Ultra Peels are very gentle overall.
Deep Peels and Laser Peels
Sometimes, a mild peel just isn’t enough to produce the desired results. Deep peels are performed with or without laser assistance, and typically require anesthesia. Recovery can be up to two weeks, but the results can be dramatic. For moderate to severe signs of aging, these peels can be a great option.
Is a Chemical Peel Right For You?
Because they are so versatile, there’s a chemical peel option for just about everyone who wants better skin. Young people can get more vibrant, glowing skin and help prevent early signs of aging. People with sun damage or “smoker’s skin” can repair dull and damaged skin. Older patients can see improvements in lines and wrinkles. However, the only way to find out if you are a good candidate is to talk to a plastic surgeon.
Aestheticians offer some of the lighter chemical peels, but plastic surgeons are able to provide more dramatic results and a wider range of options. A reputable plastic surgeon can help you choose the chemical peel that’s right for you, based on your needs. Even if you only want a light skin refresher, it’s a good idea to consult with a plastic surgeon and get custom advice about your candidacy.
If you’re interested in learning more about chemical peels, consider a visit to Dr. Edward Buckingham in Austin, Texas. Dr. Buckingham is a board certified facial plastic surgeon offering light, medium, and in-depth peels to patients. If beautiful, glowing skin is your goal, call Buckingham Center today at 512-401-2500 to schedule your consultation.