Chemical Peels

chemical peels

If you want to transform the appearance of your skin, chemical peels could be the best treatment option. This method is safe, effective, and non-invasive, making it a welcome alternative to some of the options for skin enhancement that people relied on in the past. Regardless of whether you’re young or old, man or woman, or dealing with major or minor skin issues, chemical peels could be the way to achieve the healthy, glowing skin you’re proud to show off.

How do Chemical Peels Work?

There is some variation depending on the type of chemical peels you rely on and where you have them applied. However, generally the treatment will involve having a chemical applied to the skin for a short period of time. The chemical reacts with the skin to produce a type of deep exfoliation. Then a layer of the skin peels off, revealing softer, smoother, younger looking skin underneath.

Where can Chemical Peels be Applied?

Chemical peels have proven to be so popular and so effective that new treatment methods are being pioneered all the time. But right now the most popular parts of the body to use chemical peels on include the face, neck, and hands. These are the biggest problem areas for many people, and also some of the most sensitive skin on the body. If you have tried creams, lotions, diets, and complicated beauty regiments with no success, chemical peels could produce the results you have been hoping for.

What Kind of Damage can Chemical Peels Remove?

Part of the reason that chemical peels work so well is that they do more than simply nourish or moisturize the skin. They actually remove signs of aging and damage and leave you with fresh, clean, undamaged skin at the end of the treatment. You can take advantage of chemical peels to remove things like acne scars, sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, fine lines, crows’ feet and more. If may not be possible to remove every problem area you’re self-conscious about. But chemical peels can deliver the kind of results that other treatment methods can’t.

Do Chemical Peels Hurt?

If you are reading about chemical peels for the first time, they might sound painful or even kind of gruesome. In reality, the process produces very little pain and simply looks like old skin is flaking off the body. During the treatment there may be a slight stinging sensation. And after the chemical peel is complete, the skin may be somewhat sensitive, particularly to sunlight. But those symptoms go away quickly and leave you with healthy, firm skin that looks years younger than the skin it replaced.

How Long do Chemical Peels Take?

That all depends on the type of chemical peels you’re seeking out. The most basic treatment methods can be done over your lunch break and leave no signs that you’ve had work done. There are chemical peels designed to penetrate into deeper layers of skin that will take longer to work and slightly longer to recover from. What is so exciting about chemical peels compared to other options for skin care, however, is that the treatment is quick and non-invasive. Plus, the results reveal themselves almost immediately. That means you do not have to wait weeks to start enjoying better-looking skin.

Can Everyone Use Chemical Peels?

For the most part, anyone and everyone can safely have chemical peels applied to their skin and not have to worry about any short or long-term health impacts. The only people who should not pursue chemical peels are women who are nursing or pregnant, anyone who has used Accutane in the last six months, or anyone trying to treat a more advanced skin issue like psoriasis or rosacea. Before seeking out chemical peels, be sure to have a consultation with a qualified dermatologist. If there is any reason you should not pursue this treatment option, you will be notified well in advance.

Are there Side Effects to Chemical Peels?

Side effects related to chemical peels are rare, but not impossible. Some people experience a mild change in skin color, or scarring in some cases. Chemical peels can also cause cold sores to reemerge if the treatment is applied to the face. These side effects are rare, and as long as the patient avoids smoking, sunlight, and follows the skin-care regiment recommended by the doctor, there is little reason to worry about side effects.

If you think that chemical peels could be the best way to restore your youthful appearance and confidence, schedule a consultation with a doctor at Hecker Dermatology. We will examine your skin, consider the issues you want to correct, tell you a lot more about chemical peels, and determine if this is the right treatment method for you. Find a convenient time to make an appointment, then call our office at (954) 783-2323.