Overview: Chemical Peels
Approximately every 30 days, your skin is supposed to renew itself, with new cells taking the place of the old ones. Unfortunately, as you age, this process slows down. Sun damage accumulates. Pigmentation becomes blotchy. And the smooth texture of youthful skin goes away.
The end result: dull, blotchy skin. A chemical peel resurfaces the top layers of your skin by the peeling action of a carefully chosen chemical solution, as opposed to using a laser or by mechanical means. Over the next 1 to 14 days, depending on how deeply the chemical penetrated your skin, the upper layers of your skin will peel off in a controlled way, and new, fresher looking skin will grow back in its place.
There are three basic groups of chemical peels:
- Superficial Peels are the mildest type of chemical peel and can be used on all skin types. Superficial peels are performed on an outpatient basis, do not require anesthesia, and cause only slight discomfort afterwards. Superficial peels typically use liquid containing a mild (dilute) acid, most often glycolic acid. Your skin heals quickly after a superficial peel and most patients resume their normal activities immediately. Your skin may turn pink and usually only minimal peeling occurs, which you can hide with makeup until it fades.
- Medium Peels are usually performed on an outpatient basis but you may need to take a few days off from work to recover. Medium peels penetrate your skin more deeply than superficial peels. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is the most commonly used peeling agent for medium peels. Your skin will take five to seven days to heal to a point where you can use makeup to tone down any residual redness. There is little or no pain after your peel. The treated areas of your skin will turn reddish-brown in two to three days, become crusty, and then flake and peel over the next few days.
- Deep Peels are for people that want or need maximum strength treatment. Stronger concentrations of TCA peels or the “Hetter peel” are examples of deep peels. Skin regrowth takes between 10 to 14 days after a deep peel and your skin remains quite red for approximately three weeks. Most patients take two weeks off from their social routine. Complete healing may take several months, but the results can be dramatic.
The type of peel is chosen based on the skin type and the problem being treated. Dr. Thomas Fiala of Fiala Aesthetics Medical Spa, located in Altamonte Springs, Florida is an expert in chemical peels. He and his professional staff perform numerous types of chemical peels on the face, neck, and hands. Your chemical peel treatment will be customized for you. During your consultation, Dr. Fiala will help you decide what depth of peel and type of chemical solution is most appropriate. This decision will be based on your skin type, the areas you want treated, your expectations, your lifestyle, and how much risk you are willing to take. Chemical peels are one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures performed to rejuvenate the appearance of your skin.
Chemical peels are helpful for:
- Improving fine lines under your eyes and around your mouth
- Reducing wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging, and genetics
- Lightening hyper-pigmentation (brown, blotchy areas)
- Improving acne
- Brightening the look of skin that is dull in texture and color
- Improving the appearance of mild scarring
- Reducing age spots and freckles
Although a facial chemical peel can do a lot for your skin, it is important to understand what it cannot do:
- Treat deep facial lines
- Tighten loose or sagging skin
- Remove broken capillaries
- Remove deep scars
Sagging or loose skin does not respond well to chemical peels and may require another type of cosmetic surgical procedure, like a facelift, for the best result. During your consultation, Dr. Fiala will determine the most appropriate type of treatment for you.
Fiala Aesthetics Medical Spa in Altamonte Springs, Florida, offers several chemical peel treatments that are intended to significantly improve the appearance and health of your skin. Chemical peels have been around for centuries: it is said that Cleopatra herself took milk baths to make her skin smooth. Today, we know that Cleopatra was giving herself a mild form of a lactic acid peel – a chemical contained in milk!
According to a survey by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), a chemical peel is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in theUnited States, and is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin.
Conveniently located in Central Florida, at Fiala Aesthetics Medical Spa, we serve clients not only from Florida but from around the country. If you want your skin to look smoother and younger and you are considering a chemical peel, please call today to schedule your consultation.
The selection of chemical peels we offer at Fiala Aesthetics Medical Spa includes:
- Hetter Peel
- Deep Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)
- Medium to Light TCA Peels
- Vi Peel
- PCA Peel®
- Jessner’s Peel
- Glycolic, Lactic, and Salicylic Chemical Peels
- Combination peels
- Microdermabrasion Parisian Peel System
- Blu-U Acne Light