Have you noticed a variety of facial aging signs that make you look worn down and older than you really are? If so, you may be interested in a chemical peel. These treatments can make a major difference when it comes to skin rejuvenation.

Chemical Peels

Human skin is constantly regenerating, and during this process, the old cells are cleared away to make room for the new cells. While the skin is somewhat efficient in clearing away the dead skin, there remains a need for external intervention. Exfoliation is the ideal way to effectively remove dead skin buildup.

Exfoliation is a skincare technique performed either at home or at a salon to remove the buildup of dead skin cells from the uppermost layer of skin. A chemical peel is a type of chemexfoliation treatment. Chemexfoliation refers to exfoliation performed through the use of chemicals.

Chemical peels are recommended for the face, neck, and hands. During a peel, the chosen caustic agents encourage the controlled and rapid removal of dead and damaged skin cells. The dead skin peels away to expose new healthy skin beneath it.

The result of a peel is that the skin not only looks radiant but also feels silky smooth to the touch. Peels are used to treat wrinkles and fine lines, reverse sun damage, remove acne scars and hyperpigmentation, correct uneven skin tone, and reduce redness of the skin, melasma, and surface scars. Their results are long lasting.

Types of Chemical Peels

In general, chemical peels are available in three types. These are classified based on the depth of the treatment.

Superficial peels: use mild acids such as alpha-hydroxy acid to gently exfoliate the uppermost layer of the skin. The primary function of surface peels is to remove buildup. These offer improved results compared to regular skin exfoliation performed using gentle scrubs and other skin abrasives.

Medium peels: go deeper than surface peels, targeting the middle and outer layers of the skin. Chemicals used for medium peels are slightly stronger than the ones used for surface peels. These include glycolic and trichloroacetic acids.

Deep peels: go even deeper than medium peels, completely penetrating through the middle layer. Deep peels are performed using trichloroacetic acid or phenol. They are extremely effective and can only be performed once on a patient.

What to Expect From a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are performed by skilled medical professionals. The area to be treated is first cleansed. It is typically numbed with a topical anesthetic, though stronger anesthetic may be necessary depending on peel depth.

After the numbing has taken place, the chemical solution is smeared over the region. It penetrates to the desired depth in the skin layers, and after a time, it is removed.

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Dr. Rai, an experienced surgeon, has helped numerous people in the Dallas region. If you would like to find out more about the effectiveness of a chemical peel from Dr. Rai during a consultation, contact our office and schedule your appointment.