A chemical peel is a powerful skin-resurfacing procedure in which a solution is applied to the skin to literally peel away the top layers, exfoliating damaged cells and revealing the smoother, more radiant skin underneath. Chemical peels are among the most effective nonsurgical treatments for addressing anti-aging concerns and common skin conditions. We offer several solutions at Medical Grade Aesthetics, each customized to meet your individual needs.
What Concerns Can Chemical Peels Treat?
Chemical peels are available in different grades: light, medium and deep. Light peels treat only the superficial layers of the skin, involve little or no discomfort, and do not require downtime. At the deeper end of the peel spectrum, you may experience some discomfort during the treatment and require a longer recovery. However, deeper peels produce more dramatic results. We will help you decide which option is right for you based on your concerns, which may include:
- Dull complexion
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Congested pores, acne, excessive oil
- Post-acne marks
- Mature skin lacking firmness
What Chemical Peels Are Available at Medical Grade Aesthetics?
We customize the strength and ingredients of every chemical peel treatment based on your unique needs and concerns. Your treatment can concentrate on improving medical conditions or signs of aging, including photoaging, scars, psoriasis, melasma and acne. Or your concerns may be cosmetic – and we have treatments that can lighten and brighten your complexion as well!
Who Is a Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
A consultation is required to determine whether you are a candidate for a chemical peel and which type is best suited to your skin. Most people can safely undergo a mild chemical peel. Not everyone is a good candidate for stronger peels, and some people are not candidates for chemical peels in general. Men and women seeking to address mild to moderate skin concerns typically see the greatest benefit from chemical peels. More advanced concerns may respond better to another nonsurgical treatment or a surgical procedure.
Are Chemical Peels Safe?
Medical Grade Aesthetics uses only professional-grade peels from reputable providers to ensure your safety and the best results. They are safe treatments when performed by an experienced professional with a thorough understanding of chemical peel types, benefits, risks and timing.
What Should I Expect During Treatment?
The general procedure steps are similar for each type and depth of chemical peel. First, your skin will be cleansed to clear it of any oil, dirt or makeup. The peeling solution will then be applied and given time to take effect. Depending on the type of peel, the solution will either be neutralized after an appropriate period has elapsed or left on the skin. Your peel may be followed by an at-home care routine; follow all directions for cleaning, moisturizing and protecting your skin.
Do Chemical Peels Hurt?
The discomfort experienced during a chemical peel depends on the depth of the peel and your personal level of sensitivity. Light and medium peels may cause tingling, tightness or a warming sensation that is tolerable for most people. For a deep chemical peel, an anesthetic can be used to manage discomfort during the procedure.
Is Downtime Needed After a Chemical Peel?
Downtime also varies depending on the depth of the peel. Light chemical peels often involve no downtime at all. The treated skin may be red, dry and mildly irritated, but regular activities can be resumed right away. At the opposite end of the spectrum, deep peels can require two weeks of downtime and several follow-up visits to monitor your recovery. The healing process may involve redness, swelling, crusting, dryness, stinging and sensitivity. You will receive aftercare instructions that should be carefully followed to protect your sensitive, healing skin and maximize your results.
What Results Can I Expect?
Chemical peels safely and effectively exfoliate damaged skin cells, diminish signs of aging, treat discoloration and acne, and stimulate new collagen production for ongoing benefits. After treatment, patients enjoy clearer, smoother, firmer skin and a more radiant complexion. A healthy lifestyle, a professional skincare regimen and additional cosmetic treatments can help extend the longevity of your results.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
One peel can significantly improve the appearance and health of your skin. For optimal results with light or medium peels, a series of treatments may be recommended. Your medical professional will create a personalized treatment schedule based on your skin concerns and aesthetic goals. A deep peel can only be performed once, but yields dramatic and long-lasting results.
Can Chemical Peels Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Superficial chemical peels can be performed alone or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation treatments, such as dermal fillers or wrinkle-relaxing injections. An approach that combines modalities may be the most effective way to achieve your treatment goals.
How Do I Know Which Type of Chemical Peel Is Right for Me?
Chemical peels are versatile, minimally invasive and highly effective treatments for rejuvenating the skin without surgery. The type and strength of peel that will be most effective in your circumstances depends on multiple factors, including your skin concerns, your desired outcome, your lifestyle and your budget. Call Medical Grade Aesthetics at 608-856-6180 to reserve a consultation. Our experienced medical team will assess your individual needs and customize a treatment plan to give your skin a fresh start.