Gain Youthful, Glowing Skin With A Chemical Peel
As time passes, our skin wrinkles, sags, and loses much of its youthful glow. Natural aging, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices all play a part. At Sterling Aesthetics in Santa Fe, our patients seek to turn back the clock with skin rejuvenation and today there are more and more options, without having to resort to surgery. Chemical peels are a popular and effective choice.
What are chemical peels?
A chemical peel is an aesthetic treatment where a chemical solution is applied to the affected skin with the intention of removing the top layer and triggering the body to replace that skin with new, healthier skin. Peel strength varies depending on the chemicals used. On medium to strong peels, the skin will blister following the peel en route to removing the old dead skin cells.
What are the benefits of chemical peels?
Marian Urban usually recommends a chemical peel for Sterling patients with fine wrinkles and scarring. Particularly, chemical peels can be used to reduce fine lines around the mouth or under the eyes, to address areas of sun damage, to lessen the appearance of mild facial scars and certain types of acne. Peels can also lighten freckles, age spots, and melasma (the dark skin patches that occur with pregnancy).
Am I a good candidate for chemical peels?
Not everyone is a good candidate for a chemical peel. Peels deliver better results for patients with lighter skin complexions; they can cause pigmentation problems and uneven skin tone in patients with dark skin. Peels are not the treatment for severe wrinkles and skin sagging, either.
What can I expect from my chemical peel procedure?
During your appointment, your skin will be prepped with a thorough cleansing. The chemical solutions — glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, trichloroacetic acid, carbolic acid, or a combination of these — will then be applied to small areas on the skin. The chemicals create microscopic wounds that trigger the body to create new skin. Most patients describe a burning sensation during the treatment that last for five to 10 minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Cool compresses ease that stinging. Patients must avoid sun exposure for several months after a peel, as your new skin is very fragile.