Chemical peels have been used for centuries to improve the overall tone and smoothness of the facial skin. The technique is simple enough: employing the use of a mild acid to exfoliate the epidermis. Today, there are various types of peel treatments that dry up and flake away the middle dermal layers as well as the epidermis.
Deeper peels are recommended for those who are experiencing severe skin damage. As a maintenance program, however, a superficial peel, performed about twice a year, can help maintain a fresh, youthful appearance to the facial skin. We recommend that you consult with us before deciding on a peel treatment, however, especially if you have never had this procedure performed.
Superficial Peels for Skin Maintenance
Superficial peel treatments work best for those looking to simply improve the quality of their skin. The peel is applied directly to the facial skin. After it sits on the skin for a few minutes, it is washed away using a special solvent.
Soon after treatment, the epidermis will dry, peel and flake off. This is similar to what is experienced after a mild sunburn. The difference, however, is that a superficial peel treatment doesn’t damage the middle and lower dermal layers. Rather, it promotes healing and rejuvenation.
When the epidermis is removed through this process, it prompts the body to heal itself. The lower dermal layers begin to produce more collagen, and the growth of replacement epidermal tissue is accelerated. Skin layers move upward and mutate over time. The epidermis now on the top of your skin was once dermal tissue further down. When the epidermis is removed via one of our chemical peels, the layer immediately below quickly becomes the replacement epidermis.
Chemical peels are non-invasive and typically take only about 30 minutes to complete. There is little to no downtime for the client, so normal activities can be resumed at once. After about two months, increased collagen production results in a smoother epidermal layer. Dynamic wrinkles, smile lines and crow’s feet are far less visible. The skin also appears more even in tone, and most blemishes such as superficial injury scars are less noticeable.
Many of our clients see chemical peels as an important part of their skincare regimen. When performed two or three times per year, a superficial peel treatment can help clients maintain their healthy glow.
Advantages of Peel Treatments
The results of a superficial chemical peel are comparable to that of abrasive resurfacing or more invasive procedures, and the treatment itself is far simpler. Superficial chemical peels won’t treat deeper scarring, nor will they improve the appearance of dark spots located in the lower dermal layers. In cases such as these, we offer deeper peels. During your consultation, we will help you determine which type of peel is best for your needs.
Start Your Skin Maintenance Program Today
We offer complete consultation and treatment services for facial skin problems at River Region Dermatology & Laser. To learn more about the long-term benefits of chemical peels, contact our office in Montgomery to schedule an appointment with us.