Chemical peels have been growing in popularity in recent years. Although many people are aware of this method of skin rejuvenation, many do not know the details of the procedure and what types of chemical peels are available.
A chemical peel is a type of cosmetic procedure involving the application of a chemical solution to the surface of the skin, removing its outer layers. The depth a given chemical peel will penetrate and how much skin it removes is dependent upon the type of peel, the strength of the peel and how long it is applied.
Chemical peels come in three basic types: superficial, medium and deep. Each peel varies in the percentage of active ingredients and pH levels. For example, one peel may contain 15 percent of a glycolic acid solution. The higher the percentage of the active ingredient, the stronger the peel.
One important factor in a chemical peel is the pH level, which determines the depth of the peel. The lower the pH, the deeper the peel will penetrate.
A superficial peel is a type of light peel and is very gentle. The treatment is very simple and can be performed over the patient’s lunchtime. Superficial peels remove only the upper layer of skin, known as the epidermis, and can brighten skin and lend a more even, smoother texture.
Superficial chemical peels can minimize sun damage, wrinkles, age spots and mild acne scarring. They normally consist of alpha or beta hydroxy acids and include salicylic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid. Superficial chemical peels require virtually no downtime. The skin may be slightly pink afterwards, along with mild skin flaking.
More dramatic results are possible with medium-depth peels. This type of peel usually consists of the active ingredient TCA, which is able to penetrate deeper into skin for the treatment of wrinkles, sun damage and skin discoloration.
One drawback to medium-depth peels is the requirement for more recovery time, as well as more side effects. Patients also tend to experience more discomfort during a medium depth peel than a lighter one.
Deeper Chemical Peels
A deep peel is the strongest form of peel you can receive, and can help you achieve dramatic results for deep lines and wrinkles, scarring and sun damage. You can expect to have a much longer recovery time with this type of peel.
Learn More About Our Chemical Peels
At the office of Liza Glickman, we offer a variety of different chemical peels for patients who want to look and feel rejuvenated. We have offices in Winter Park and Lake Mary. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.