Women can be envious of men, not usually for anything of significance, but for the fact that men get to shave their faces every morning. It’s not the shaving part that women are envious of; it’s the exfoliation that shaving accomplishes…every day.
Chemical peels with our team at Dr. Lipton’s can achieve the same thing, without having to drag super sharp metal across your face every day. Chemical peels remove dead skin, revealing new, smoother, younger-looking skin beneath.
What can you treat with a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are usually done on the face, but they can also be used on the neck and the backs of the hands. Here are the skin issues they can address:
- Lessen the appearance of wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
- Treat certain types of acne
- Minimize fine lines, especially those under the eyes and on the corners of the mouth
- Reduce the appearance of freckles, age spots, and melasma
- Improve the overall appearance of the skin
Types of chemical peels
It can sound harsh but the goal of all chemical peels is to destroy certain parts of the skin to encourage the growth of new skin cells. With more than superficial peels, there is noticeable skin peeling that lasts from a day to two weeks. The duration depends on the penetration and type of the chemicals used in the peel.
- Superficial peels — These are mild peels usually done with acids derived from fruits, called alpha hydroxy acids. Superficial peels may have some light peeling over the next day or two, but nothing extreme.\]
- Medium peels — These peels usually involve trichloroacetic acid. They penetrate more deeply into the skin, causing a second-degree burn on the skin. There will be peeling and crusting with medium peels as the skin begins the process of rebuilding.
- Deep peels — Phenol acid is used in deep peels, which are the deepest penetrating peel. They are only used on the face to avoid scarring elsewhere. These peels involve the most crusting of the skin and require the longest recovery time. Patients usually need to take at least one week off work, and diligently avoid sun exposure for months afterwards. Deep peels also deliver the most skin rejuvenation.
Want to give your skin a little help with its exfoliation? Call Dr. Lipton at (972) 420-0023 to schedule a chemical peel.