Many people spend their youth tanning only to discover that years of sun worship have taken a toll on their skin. Sun damage can be unsightly, making a person look older and less healthy than they are. Luckily, there are ways of reversing these lines and discolorations that are safe and don’t require surgery. For people seeking an immediate improvement in sun-damaged skin, chemical peels are often the best solution.
At About Face Medical Aesthetics in Stratham, NH, we understand the importance of healthy skin. As tempting as it is to soak up the sunshine, it can wreak havoc on your face – with potentially no visible sign until many years later. We can help you treat sun damage through professional skin care and chemical peels. To find out if a chemical peel is right for you, contact About Face Medical Aesthetics today.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is an anti-aging technique that restores skin to a more youthful appearance. In a chemical peel, an acidic chemical is applied to the skin and left for a short period of time before being neutralized and then rinsed off. This chemical removes the outer layer of skin, so that the skin will then build a new and more youthful outer layer. After a short recovery period, a person who has had a chemical peel will notice that lines are gone or very improved. In addition, discoloration and texture changes from sun damage will be removed or lessened.
Types of Chemical Peel
All chemical peels are effective at treating sun damage, but different types of chemical have different effects. A superficial peel is usually the best choice for mild sun damage. These superficial peels can be performed in a series, usually of six or more performed with a few weeks between each treatment. Deeper chemical peels treat more severe sun damage and are only performed once. A deeper chemical peel will be more uncomfortable than a superficial one and require a longer recovery period, but it also will have more drastic results.
Do Chemical Peels Hurt?
Most women who get a chemical peel find them only mildly uncomfortable – tingling or itching sensations are often reported. In addition, the skin may feel like it has a mild burn in the days immediately following the peel. However, there should be no severe pain either during the treatment or during the recovery. It should be noted that chemical peels are significantly less painful and also safer than other drastic anti-aging techniques, such as laser treatments and plastic surgery.
Are Home Chemical Peels Safe?
Many companies now are selling chemical peels that can be used at home. Most of these are not strong enough to do damage, but also not strong enough to produce a noticeable change in skin. Some at-home chemical peels have drastic results, but not the results that users are seeking. These peels can produce scarring and other negative effects in the hands of untrained users. Chemical peels should always be performed by a trained medical professional – like our team at About Face Medical Aesthetics.
If you are unhappy with unsightly sun-damaged skin, a chemical peel is the perfect solution. This treatment is one of the best ways to safely and quickly restore a youthful and fresh appearance to skin.