Chemical Peels Are a Popular Non-surgical “Face Lift”
A chemical peel is a great way to improve the appearance of your skin. A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to rejuvenate the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers, thus revealing softer and smoother skin underneath. After a thorough cleansing, the solution is applied to the affected area of the face, neck, chest, or other body parts. The peel is left on the skin for several minutes before being removed. Most procedures take less than an hour to perform, with minimal discomfort during the treatment.
What are the Benefits of Chemical Peels?
Sun exposure, acne, scarring or general roughness of the skin can leave your skin uneven and give you a more aged appearance. Thanks to nonsurgical chemical peels, your skin can look smoother and younger without surgery. A chemical peel can visibly improve the following aspects of your skin:
- Acne or acne scars
- Age and liver spots
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Rough skin and scaly patches
- Sun-damaged skin
Pre-cancerous conditions such as keratoses (thick, rough patches) also respond well to this procedure.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are several types of chemical peels, ranging from light peels to deep peels for more severe skin conditions.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peel — One of the mildest of chemical peels, this glycolic acid treatment is often used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, smooth rough skin and produce a more even skin tone. These treatments are usually performed in a series in order to achieve optimal results.
- Beta Hydroxy Acid Peel – This chemical peel is slightly deeper and longer lasting than the alpha hydroxy acid peel because the main ingredient, salicylic acid, is more potent. The beta hydroxy peels are geared towards treatment of acne-prone skin and are also performed in a series in order to achieve desired results.
- Jessner’s Peel — This light chemical peel is slightly stronger than both the alpha and beta hydroxy formulas and is appropriate for skin that is too damaged to respond to the alpha and beta hydroxy peels, yet does not require a medium or deep chemical peel.
- TCA Peel — Trichloroacetic acid is a very versatile peel. Not only can it be used as a medium level peel, but it may also be used as a deeper peel, depending on the concentration used. The TCA peel can successfully treat sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles and acne scarring. The results are more dramatic than light chemical peels.
- Phenol Peel – This deep chemical peel can be used to remove precancerous growths and completely diminish deep wrinkles.
If you are interested in what a chemical peel can do for your complexion, contact Face and Jaw Surgery Center at one of our four, convenient North Dakota locations. When we examine you, we will evaluate your condition and recommend the most effective treatment plan to enhance and rejuvenate your skin.
Bismarck, ND office
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