Chemical Peels: Which type of peel is right for you
A Chemical peel is a popular facial and is in high demand among the Med Spa industry. These facials are usually applied to the hand, face, or neck and are often used to improve skin tone, texture, and overall appearance. During the facial, chemical solutions are placed on the area of treatment, triggering skin exfoliation and peeling. Once the outside skin layer is sloughed away, the layer of fresh skin that lies below is revealed. This new layer often reveals healthier, younger, more radiant skin.
Chemical peels are excellent at treating a wide spectrum of skin issues, such as
- wrinkles and fine lines
- sun damage
- acne scars
- uneven skin tone
- brown spots or redness
What type of chemical peels can I get?
There are major types of chemical peels
- Superficial peels, which consist of mild acids (such as alpha-Hydroxy acid) to gently exfoliate. This peel penetrates the outermost layer of skin but no deeper.
- Medium peels, which rely on Trichloroacetic or glycolic acid, penetrate through the middle and outer skin layers. Medium peels are better for targeting problems that stem from damaged skin cells.
- Deep peels, which aim to penetrate all of the middle layers of skin, use phenol or Trichloroacetic acid to remove damaged skin cells and the blemishes they create.
How is a chemical peel done?
Chemical peels are often performed in a medical spa setting. Deep peels are usually performed by physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine. Before the procedure, the patient is asked to tie back any hair. The client’s face is then cleansed, and goggles, gauze, or another form of eye protection is usually applied.
For deeper peels and some medium peels, the doctor may apply a topical anesthetic to numb the site of treatment. Deep peels may also involve the use of a regional anesthetic that numbs larger areas than topical anesthetics, especially if the client is having both the face and the neck treated in the peel. Deeper peels may also involve the use of an IV and constant heart monitoring, again to ensure the client is safe throughout the procedure.
In a light peel, the chemical solution is applied using a cotton ball, gauze, or brush. The skin gradually begins to whiten, and a slight tingling feeling might accompany that change. Once it has done its job, the chemical solution is either removed or made inert through the application of a neutralizing solution.
During medium chemical peels, the doctor applies the chemical solution with gauze, a special sponge, or a cotton-tipped applicator. A blue color is sometimes added to the acid solution, which is why this type of peel is sometimes called a blue peel. The skin gradually whitens, and the doctor applies a cool compress to soothe the skin. There might be a slight stinging sensation that lasts for up to 20 minutes. There’s no neutralizing solution needed in this peel, though doctors sometimes offer a hand-held fan to cool off. If the medium peel was a blue peel, a blue tint might linger on the skin for a few days post-procedure.
During deep chemical peels, the client is first sedated. The doctor applies phenol to the skin with a cotton-tipped applicator, which turns the skin white or gray. In order to limit skin exposure to the acid, the treatment is performed in 15-minute intervals.
Chemical Peels in Southlake Texas
The best way to determine which type of chemical peel is right for you is to schedule a complimentary consultation with the skincare experts at Santé Medical Aesthetics. Specializing in non-invasive skin and facial treatments, Santé is the premier Chemical Peel Southlake provider and can help rejuvenate and renew your skin for a radiant, blemish free look. Contact Santé online or by calling (817) 305-0050 today.