Due to sun exposure, aging, and other factors, men and women may see a decline in the quality of their skin. A surgical procedure may not be necessary, but a facial may not be able to accomplish your goals. A chemical peel is another option to effectively counter skin imperfections and irregularities. This non-surgical, non-invasive treatment provides you with healthier, glowing skin.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a chemical solution that is placed on the skin to remove damaged surface layers and stimulate collagen regeneration. The non-surgical procedure can treat a wide range of skin issues because of its customizable formulations. Patients of all ages can benefit from treatment. Younger patients might undergo a light peel to reduce signs of acne, while more mature patients can reduce fine lines, wrinkles and rough skin texture.
Once the solution has been applied to the targeted skin, the chemicals will cause a “burning” effect. As skin heals, layers of skin will effectively peel off. With the removal of the damaged skin layers, the treatment area will appear smoother and vibrant with an even complexion.
The most common skin concerns that a chemical peel can address include:
- Rough skin texture
- Age spots
- Acne or acne scars
- Fine lines
- Uneven complexion
- Sun damage
- Blotchy skin and freckles
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated by Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel is a non-invasive treatment that can be used on multiple areas of the body. These areas include the face, neck, chest, arms, back, and legs.
Chemical Peel vs. Laser Treatments
The purpose of a chemical peel is to improve the texture of your skin by removing the damaged or dead layers of skin. There are skin resurfacing lasers that also treat damaged surface skin. This is done through specific radiofrequency or light therapies, which ablate and heat deep tissue to stimulate collagen production.
Chemical peels work to improve skin concerns on the surface by causing the top layers of the epidermis to shed, exposing the newer and healthier skin.
What is a TCA Peel?
Trichloroacetic acid, otherwise known as TCA, is a non-toxic chemical agent that is effective at exfoliating and renewing skin. Trichloroacetic acid is a relative of vinegar, otherwise known as acetic acid that has been used to perform chemical peels for over 20 years.
This peel, when applied, causes the top layers of skin to peel off, effectively removing the damaged surface skin and exposing new, healthy skin. The TCA chemical peel may not be suitable for darker skin tones due to the heightened risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
Good candidates for chemical peels are generally healthy individuals who would like to reduce signs of aging, diminish acne scarring, or correct skin concerns caused by sun exposure or other external factors. If you have dark skin, a chemical peel may not be right for you, since it has the potential to change your pigmentation. A chemical peel cannot be performed on wounded or sunburned areas on the skin. Patients who are currently pregnant or lactating, have a history of radiation therapy to the skin being treated, or who are allergic to the components of the peel should avoid chemical peels.
Chemical Peel Procedure
The producer takes 15 to 20 minutes. Before applying the chemical peel, skin is cleansed. The chemical peel solution is then applied evenly to the targeted area and left on to penetrate for a short time before it is removed. During this time, you may feel a heating or burning sensation of the skin.
Chemical Peel Recovery
Once the treatment is completed, you can leave the office right away. Skin will appear reddish following the treatment and last up to a couple of days. The downtime for this procedure is 5-7 days. You may experience peeling around day three or four. It is important to stay out of direct sunlight for the first few days after treatment. When outdoors, a minimum of SPF 30 should be applied. Frosting of the skin may occur during this time, leaving the skin whiter than normal.
Deeper chemical peel may cause more intense redness and some scabbing. Limit your activities for several days as the skin heals. Your skin will be very sensitive. Remember to apply ointment as directed and protect your skin from sun exposure.
Results After A Chemical Peel
After treatment skin should improve in overall tone and texture, creating an even complexion. To maintain the results, you should follow a skincare regimen that involves cleansing, exfoliating, and sun protection; you may also choose to repeat treatment every three to six months.
Cost of a Chemical Peel
The cost of a TCA chemical peel will vary based on the area being treated and the severity of the skin conditions being addressed. During the initial consultation, the doctor will analyze your case and provide you with a custom quote based on your treatment plan.