If you have sun damaged skin on your face, neck, and chest, a chemical peel is one way to help reverse some of the effects of UV rays and reveal smoother, younger looking skin. With this cosmetic procedure, one of our medical team members applies a solution to your face to help remove the damaged layers of skin.
Chemical peels can remove fine lines and wrinkles as well as reduce age spots that are exacerbated by the sun. The procedure works by sloughing off the top few damaged layers of skin so that a more youthful top layer can emerge.
At About Face Medical Aesthetics in Stratham, we offer professional skin care treatments and chemical peels to help reveal your best skin. Chemical peels can work deep into the skin to treat issues of damage, aging, sun spots and skin tone. Our medical team will work with you to determine the most appropriate treatment option for your needs. Depending on your skin type and the issues you’d like to address, we can create a skin care treatment plan that’s right for you. Contact About Face Medical Aesthetics today to schedule your consultation.
Depending on how deeply your skin is damaged, a chemical peel can have a variety of strengths. Superficial chemical peels are typically recommended for sun damage. In some cases, you may need to return for a series of treatments before noticing results. After your consultation, we will make a recommendation based on your skin type, desired results, and other factors.
Typically, chemical peels contain some combination of alpha hydroxy acids (an AHA such as glycolic acid), beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid, also known as BHA), tricholoracetic acid (TCA), or phenol, all of which work to exfoliate the skin.
Before having a chemical peel, we will cleanse your skin thoroughly, then apply the chemicals. After a short time, a neutralizing solution will be applied, then the peel will be removed. For very deep peels, general anesthesia may be required to prevent discomfort.
After having a chemical peel, you may experience some redness and swelling, particularly if you opt for a deeper peel. Following the procedure, you’ll need to avoid the sun completely for several days as recommended by your dermatologist, as well as apply after care moisturizer. Though chemical peels are typically safe, you may have some down time after having a medium or deep peel, during which you will need to stay out of the sun for up to several months and avoid wearing makeup until the skin is completely healed.
Even after the skin heals, it’s important that you continue to protect your skin from the sun. Wear sunscreen containing at least SPF 30, even on cloudy days. While results of a chemical peel are not permanent, protecting your skin from additional damage can help you maintain a youthful appearance. For some people, having regular peels can greatly reduce the appearance of wrinkles.