What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel treatment rejuvenates the skin through applying a chemical solution to the surface of the skin. This process can remove damaged or dead skin cells and reveal a new, healthy layer of skin. A chemical peel process can be customized according to specific skin needs with varying peel depths:
- A light chemical peel affects the upper levels of the skin and addresses surface concerns like fine wrinkles and acne
- A medium chemical peel reaches the upper levels of the dermis, or middle layer of the skin, and can improve deeper wrinkles and scarring
- A deep chemical peel reaches the lower levels of the dermis and can completely rejuvenate deep wrinkles, pigmentation, scarring, and certain growths
The best type of chemical peel for you and your goals can be determined during your consultation with our skincare experts.
Who is a Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
During your consultation, Dr. Kayastha will carefully determine whether a chemical peel is the best solution for you and your goals. Chemical peels carry the risk of hyperpigmentation during recovery, so darker skin tones or skin types that are prone to scarring may not be good candidates. Additionally, certain medications or treatments can be cause to delay your chemical peel in order to ensure your skin is in the best condition to receive this treatment.
What Happens During a Chemical Peel?
First, the treatment area (usually the face) is cleansed and prepared for treatment. Then, the chosen chemical solution is lightly brushed over the skin and left for a predetermined amount of time, which is dependent on the depth of your specific peel. The chemical solution used for this treatment can also vary, depending on your skin type and goals. After the appropriate amount of time has passed, the chemical solution is gently rinsed from the skin and the treatment area is neutralized, if the peel is deep. The skin is then prepared for the recovery period.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Your chemical peel recovery can be very different depending on what depth of peel you undergo. For all types of peels, you can expect redness and irritation at the treatment site, with eventual flaking and peeling of the treated skin. For deep chemical peels, this can be severe and accompany the use of a specific skincare regimen and use of pain medications. Dr. Kayastha can give you the best idea of what to expect during your recovery, but you should be prepared for some downtime, even after a light chemical peel. With every type of peel, it’s highly important to avoid exposure to sunlight during your recovery, since your treated skin will be especially sensitive to sun damage and pigmentation.
A chemical peel can be a great way to rejuvenate your skin and reveal a healthy, youthful layer. To see what a chemical peel can do for you, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kayastha and our skincare specialists.