Chemical peels and laser resurfacing are great ways to improve both color and fine lines on the skin. These treatments range from minimal treatment time and downtime to those that require sedation or anesthesia for proper comfort. In general, the longer downtime procedures produce more dramatic results. Following these treatments, many can be combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) facials for faster healing times.
Who can benefit from Chemical Peels?
Almost anyone who desires to transform the appearance of their skin is a candidate for one of the medical-grade chemical peels available at Walker Plastic Surgery. These procedures can enhance your overall complexion as well as improve the appearance of many common skin conditions such as acne, dark spots, wrinkles, and freckles. We match every patient with the appropriate peel in order to accommodate each person’s skin type, desired result, and availability for downtime.
What are the different types of Chemical Peels?
Chemical Peels can be done alone or combined with other cosmetic products or procedures. Depending on the issues being addressed with the procedure, you'll choose a chemical peel in one of three depths:
Light chemical peel. A light (superficial) chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin (epidermis). It's used to refresh the skin surface by treating fine lines, acne, uneven skin tone and dryness. You might have a light peel every two to five weeks.
Medium chemical peel. A medium chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and from portions of the upper middle layer of skin (dermis). It's used to treat wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin tone. You might need to repeat the procedure to achieve or maintain the desired result.
Deep chemical peel. A deep chemical peel removes skin cells even deeper. Dr. Walker might recommend one for deeper wrinkles, scars or precancerous growths. You generally will not need repeat procedures to get the full effect.
What can I expect after a Chemical Peel?
After a chemical peel of any depth, you will experience some amount of recovery. The degree to which this happens is directly related to the depth of the chemical peel.
After a light chemical peel, treated skin may be pink, dry and mildly irritated — although these effects might be less noticeable with each repeat treatment. You can usually wear makeup the next day if you wish. Treated areas take about one to seven days to heal after a light chemical peel.
After a medium chemical peel, treated skin may be pink/red and mildly irritated and swollen. You'll feel stinging. You will apply moisturizers to soothe the area and prevent dryness. You can usually wear make-up at about 3-5 days to cover any residual redness and can expect anywhere from 3-7 days of peeling effect during the healing process.
After a deep chemical peel, you'll experience more severe redness, irritation and swelling following a deep chemical peel, but your result and improvements in complexion will be more significant than with peels of medium or light depth. You will follow a well-directed routine to facilitate healing. Treated areas will develop new skin within about two weeks after a deep chemical peel, although redness might last for weeks to months. You can begin wearing make-up 10-14 days after treatment.