If you’re looking for a way to turn back the clock on your face instantly, I would recommend a chemical peel. Chemical peels are an effective, non-invasive way to resurface facial skin. This can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve scarring, repair sun damage, and tighten and firm the skin. Chemical peels vary in intensity from a surface mini-peel, to a more thorough deep peel.
How Does a Chemical Peel Work?
Chemical peels exfoliate the skin, removing the top layers to reveal the youthful layers beneath. This stimulates skin cell regeneration and repair. Layers that have been damaged by the sun, free radicals, and other impurities are peeled away, so healthy, youthful skin can take the stage. This process is performed by licensed medical personnel, usually in a cosmetic surgeon’s office.
The mini-peel, or surface peel, is a quick procedure that can usually be done on your lunch break. There are a wide variety of surface peels available which utilize ingredients like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, fruit acid, and other components to gently exfoliate the skin. Medium strength peels are also available, and have a minimal recovery time as well. You can usually get back to your daily activities right away after one of these types of peels, sporting a youthful glow.
For serious repair of sun damage, acne scars, and deeper wrinkles, a deeper peel can be used. TCA and phenol are the common agents in deep peels. These types of peels are an outpatient procedure as well, but the recovery time is longer. Your face would appear red and feel tender from anywhere between a few days to a couple of weeks following a deep peel. The end result is worth it though, since deep peels remove serious signs of aging, discoloration, and even cancerous skin cells. A consultation with your cosmetic surgeon will help you to decide which type of chemical peel would be best for you.
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