There are so many options available these days for facial resurfacing that it’s not unusual for prospective patients to get very overwhelmed by choice. Everyone is different, and it can be difficult to sift through similar procedures and try to find the right choice for you. One of the most popular facial treatments is the chemical peel, and this is due in part to the customizable nature of the procedure. However, if you’re considering facial resurfacing, then you might not know how a chemical peel works. Here’s what you need to know about this popular and versatile treatment.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is just what it sounds like—a chemical solution that is used to resurface the skin, smoothing imperfections and helping renew a healthy, youthful glow. Chemical peel benefits can help with:
- Dull, dry, damaged skin
- Brown spots caused by aging and sun exposure
- Fine lines
- Some facial scarring
- Sun damage
How Do Peels Work?
Chemical peels work as a type of aggressive exfoliation. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, and this solution helps to remove dry, damaged, and rough skin. The solution is left on for a specific amount of time before being neutralized. Seeing results requires some patience, as the skin will gradually peel off over a few days following treatment, and fresh, new skin will be revealed underneath. The amount of peeling and recovery required will depend greatly on the depth and type of peel.
What Kinds of Peels are Available?
There are many kinds of chemical peels available, involving various chemicals that range from extremely mild to deep and invasive. The type of peel that is appropriate depends on the desired results and the amount of downtime that can be tolerated. Some peel types include:
- Lactic acid
- Glycolic acid
- Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
- Salicylic acid
There are also combination peels which have the benefit of offering great results with less discomfort and downtime. Dr. Edward Buckingham prefers the PCA peels for optimal results and gentle formulas. The Ultra Peel (for mature and damaged skin) and Sensi Peel (for sensitive skin) are appropriate for most patients.
Can Chemical Peels Be Done at Home?
While there are peel kits sold online and in stores, it is recommended that you choose a professional to perform your skin treatments. Safety is an issue when dealing with DIY chemical peel kits, and you won’t get much value for your money, as the results from these kits are likely to be only mediocre.
Who Should Perform a Chemical Peel?
Finding the right provider can be a challenge, but you can narrow down the search quickly by choosing a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in skin treatments such as chemical peels. Only an expert will be able to help you come up with a treatment plan that works for you. You will also have the peace of mind that proper steps will be taken to ensure your safety and well-being.
Is a Chemical Peel Right For Me?
The best way to determine whether a chemical peel is a good choice for you is to consult with an expert. Board certified facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Edward Buckingham are very skilled and experienced in helping patients find the perfect treatment to suit your needs, so it’s very important to communicate your goals in your consultations with prospective surgeons.
If you would like to meet with Dr. Buckingham and discuss your needs for facial rejuvenation, call Buckingham Center today at (512) 401-2500 to schedule your consultation at his Austin, Texas office.